Friday, December 8, 2017

GAME PREVIEW: Huskies Look to Ground Golden Eagles on Saturday

The Huskies look to continue their winning ways in conference when they welcome Clarion on Saturday (Dec. 9).

Bloomsburg leads the all-time series with Clarion 20-12.

The Golden Eagles defeated the Huskies 74-53 back on Dec. 10, 2016 at Clarion. The Huskies led 21-18 after one quarter, before being out-scored 22-9 in the second quarter to face a 43-30 halftime deficit. The Golden Eagles would maintain their double-digit lead to the very end. Two Huskies scored in double figures, with Morgan Klunk's team-high 15 and 10 points from Alex Ross. Marissa Molnar(Erie, Pa./McDowell) contributed six points in the game, while Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) chipped in five and Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) added four. Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) also registered four and Leah Myers (York, Pa./Eastern York) scored two.

Bloomsburg notched their first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) win of the season on Sunday (Dec. 3) at the Nelson Field House, defeating Slippery Rock 57-52. After the Huskies built a 12-point halftime lead, they would build their lead to as many as 20 midway through the third quarter. The Rock would battle back to tie the game late in the fourth, but the Huskies were able to get ahead yet again and stay ahead for good in the final few minutes. The Huskies shot 45.2 percent from the floor, a season-high 45.5 percent from long range and 60.9 percent from the free throw line. Bloomsburg also pulled down 38 total rebounds, including 31 on the defensive glass. Off the bench, the Huskies out-scored Slippery Rock 42-14. Individually, Corridoni led all scorers with a career-high 19 points, while Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) also notched a new career-high with 14. Mack was the third double-digit scorer for BU, adding 11 of her own. Four other Huskies contributed points in the win. Corridoni's seven boards also paced the individual effort, with Brandt and Myers each pulling down six. Payton Spadaccino (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock South), Mack and Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) each dished out three assists, while Corridoni also posted the only three blocks for the Huskies.

The Golden Eagles took down Penn State-Greater Allegheny 74-21 on Wednesday (Dec. 6). Three Golden Eagles scored in double figures, led by 14 from Tracy Wiehe. Amesha Harden-Pulliam and Neely Whitehead also poured in 10. Seven other Golden Eagles contributed points in the win.

The Huskies average 56.0 points per game, while being fourth in the league in scoring defense giving up 61.1 points per game. On the heels of her career-high outing last weekend, Corridoni leads the Huskies averaging 7.9 points per game. Montana is second on the team in scoring, adding 6.8 points per game. On the glass, the Huskies are 11th in the league hauling in 38.6 boards per game. Opponents pull down 38.8 boards per game against BU, the eighth-best mark in the league. Bloomsburg is also fourth in the league in defensive rebounds per game, grabbing 27.8 per game. Montana's 5.1 rebounds per game is the highest mark on the team.

The Golden Eagles are eighth in the PSAC in scoring averaging 68.1 points per game, while also being tied for eighth in the league in scoring defense allowing 65.1 points per game. Clarion is also fourth in the league in defensive rebounds per game, making opponents earn 36.0 per game. Harden-Pulliam leads Clarion offensively, dropping 16.0 points per game. Jordan Bekelja (12.0) and Wiehe (11.4) are the only other players to average double figures in scoring. Wiehe is also the team's leading rebounder, pulling down 7.0 boards per game.

The Huskies welcome the Jefferson University Rams to the Nelson Field House for a non-conference matchup next Saturday (Dec. 16), with tip-off being set for 2:00 p.m. 

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