Saturday, December 9, 2017

Women's Basketball - Huskies Upend Clarion for Second Straight Conference Win

BLOOMSBURG, PA – The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team led the whole way against Clarion on Saturday (Dec. 9), winning 52-42 at the Nelson Field House.

The Huskies out-scored the Golden Eagles 14-5 in the first quarter, leading by as many as 11 in the frame. After an opening bucket from Tracy Wiehe, Payton Spadaccino (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock South) got the Huskies on the board with a pair of free throws. Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) and Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) knocked down jumpers on the next two possessions, before Montana scored three points the old-fashioned way on the next trip down the floor. Montana scored on her third straight possession to stretch the Huskies lead to nine, before the two teams went cold for about two minutes. Montana notched another two points to stretch Bloomsburg's lead to 11 with 2:40 left in the opening quarter. Taylor Moltz knocked down a three-pointer to get the game back to within single digits, before Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) wrapped up the scoring for the quarter with one good free throw.

The Golden Eagles were able to fight back in the second quarter, eventually getting the game to within one possession and out-scoring Bloomsburg 14-9. Tynita White opened the frame's scoring with a pair of free throws, before Meghan Corridoni(Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) got on the scoresheet with a layup. Wiehe knocked down a jumper just over a minute into the frame, before Montana split a pair of free throws to keep the game at eight. The teams traded empty possessions for a minute, before Yndiah Bobo scored on back-to-back possessions to make it a four-point game with seven minutes to play. The teams came up empty for about three minutes, before Marina Kelly hit a jumper to make it 17-15 with four minutes left in the half. Coming out of a media timeout, Corridoni knocked down the second of two free throws to get Bloomsburg back up by three, before the teams traded two empty possessions each. Corridoni was sent to the stripe again, this time knocking down both. The teams went cold yet again until under one minute left, before a Bobo jumper got the game within three. Megan Brandt(Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) countered the bucket with one of her own, getting the game back to five. Yasmin Lewis got in on the scoring with a pair of free throws, before Brandt sunk one of two free throws to give her team a 23-19 lead at the half.

The Huskies responded in the second half by winning the third quarter 19-10. Bloomsburg owned the quarter from the start. After a bucket from Lewis, the Huskies scored the majority of the buckets to re-gain a double-digit lead. Layups from Brandt, Montana and Corridoni stretched Bloomsburg's lead to eight. Jordan Bekelja got her team back within five with a long ball, before Corridoni and Amesha Harden-Pullium traded buckets to keep the game at five, before a jumper from Montana ignited the Huskies offense and propelled it to stretch the lead back up to 13. Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) knocked down two free throws, Mack netted a layup and Montana nailed a jumper to put Bloomsburg up 39-26 with 2:39 left in the third. The Huskies held their 13-point lead heading to the final 10 minutes. Clarion was able to get as close as seven, but Bloomsburg was able to stay ahead for the remainder of the game.

As a team, Bloomsburg shot 41.9 percent from the floor, just 15.4 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. A career-high 17 points from Montana was also a game-high, supported by a season-high 10 from Mack. Five other Huskies scored in the win. Bloomsburg pulled down 35 rebounds in the contest, 31 of them on the defensive glass. Montana pulled down a team-high nine, finishing one board shy of a double-double. Brandt, Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) and Saxton each had a team-high three helpers in the win, with Brandt tying a career-high.

The Huskies even their overall record at 5-5, and move to 2-3 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play. Clarion falls to 5-5 and 1-4 in the PSAC.

The Huskies are back at home next Saturday (Dec. 16) when they host the Rams of Jefferson University for a non-conference tilt. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. at Bloomsburg's Nelson Field House.

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