Tuesday, January 9, 2018

GAME PREVIEW: Bloomsburg Huskies Start Three-Game Road Trip at Millersville Wednesday

Women's Basketball
The Huskies look to get back in the win column at Millersville Wednesday night (Jan. 10) as they begin a three-game Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) road trip.

This will be the 76th meeting all-time between Bloomsburg and Millersville. The Huskies hold a 39-36 series lead. Bloomsburg has also won five of the last eight games at Millersville in the series.

Bloomsburg defeated Millersville 59-49 at Millersville's Pucillo Gymnasium last season on Feb. 8, 2017. After trailing 15-12 after one quarter, the Huskies responded by holding Millersville to just six points in the second to take a 27-21 lead to the half. The second quarter proved to be the difference as just four points separated the teams in the second half altogether. Four Huskies scored in double-digits, highlighted by 18 points from Morgan Klunk (Felton, Pa./York Catholic)Alex Ross (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) added 14, while Alyssa Mack(Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) scored 11 and Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) chipped in 10.

Bloomsburg dropped a hard-fought battle to West Chester at home Monday night (Jan. 8) by a score of 74-63. The Huskies arguably played their best overall game of the season, starting right off the opening tip. BU led 21-16 after one quarter and 34-32 at the half, but West Chester gained some momentum in the third quarter and led 51-50 going to the final 10 minutes. The Huskies would keep it close into the final minutes, but West Chester hit its stride offensively in the fourth quarter to out-score the Huskies 23-13 in the last frame. The Golden Rams led by as many as 13 at two different points in the quarter, and were able to pad their lead from the free throw line. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 44.1 percent (26-59) from the floor 35.7 (5-14) percent from downtown and 75.0 percent (6-8) from the free throw line. Three players scored in double figures for Bloomsburg, led by Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick)'s 15 on 7-11 shooting coupled with one free throw. Mack chipped in 14 points on 5-11 shooting including two long balls, while Molnar added 11 on 4-5 shooting including a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc. Five other Huskies scored in the contest. Bloomsburg out-rebounded West Chester 37-28, including a 16-11 advantage on the offensive glass. Montana also led the rebounding effort pulling down a game-high eight boards. Several Huskies matched career-high marks on the night, led by Montana's seven field goals. She last achieved the feat against Clarion back on Dec. 9. Molnar tied career-highs with four field goals (first time since Nov. 12 against Livingstone) and three triples (first time since Dec. 3, 2016 at Mercyhurst).

The Marauders dropped a close conference contest at Mansfield Monday night (Jan. 8), losing 60-54. Millersville led 9-8 after the opening quarter, and held a 29-25 lead at the half. Mansfield won the third quarter 20-19, but Millersville led by as many as 11 in the frame. The fourth quarter would doom the visitors, as they were held to just six points and went scoreless for the final 4:32 of the game. Alayah Hall led all scorers with 21 points, while Jade Farquhar chipped in 13.

The Huskies score 56.5 points per game, while ranking third in the league in scoring defense giving up 61.1 points per game. Montana leads the individual scoring effort with an average of 8.5 points per game. Mack is also one of the Huskies top scorers, averaging 8.4 points per game. Corridoni is the only other player to average at least seven points per game, with a mark of 7.1. BU pulls down an average of 38.1 rebounds per game, while they are tied for 10th in the league in rebounding defense with opponents grabbing an average of 39.2 boards per game against them. Montana also leads the rebounding effort individually, hauling in 6.0 rebounds per game. Three players average at least four boards per game in Corridoni (4.5), Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) (4.1) and Leah Myers (York, Pa./Eastern York) (4.1). Two Huskies have at least 30 assists on the season, led by Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley)'s 34. Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) has 30 on the season. Seven other Huskies have recorded double-digit helpers on the year. Sneidman and Brandt are tied for the team lead in steals with 13, while three other players are tied for second on the team with nine. Corridoni leads the team in blocks with 14, while Montana is the only other player in double figures with 11.

Millersville is eighth in the PSAC in both scoring offense and defense, putting up 66.2 points per game and allowing 67.5 points per game. Two Marauders average double-figure scoring on the season in Hall (15.7 points per game) and Kendra Bamberger (12.8 points per game). Hall's team-high average is 14thindividually in the conference. Millersville pulls down 36.9 rebounds per game as a team, while holding the sixth-best rebounding defense mark in the conference at 37.8 boards per game. Bamberger is the best rebounder on the team, pulling down 7.8 rebounds per game. Hall is second on the team with an average of 5.2 rebounds per game. Hall leads the team in assists and is also tied for 15th in the league individually with 42. Five other players have registered double-digit assists on the year. Hall also leads the team in steals with 32, while three other Marauders have recorded double-digits in the category. Farquhar and Courtney Dimoff share the team lead in blocks with seven.

The Huskies will travel up Interstate 80 to battle East Stroudsburg on Saturday (Jan. 13). Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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