Tuesday, January 23, 2018

GAME PREVIEW: Huskies Women's Basketball Ready to Sink Shippensburg Wednesday Night

Bloomsburg looks to break its five-game losing streak when they host Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East division rival Shippensburg on Wednesday (Jan. 24). The standings become more and more important each game, with Bloomsburg currently in the sixth and final tournament spot in the division and Shippensburg in seventh place.

This will be the 63rd all-time meeting between the two programs. Shippensburg holds a 37-25 lead in the series.

The Raiders ended Bloomsburg's season in last year's PSAC Quarterfinals when they defeated BU 60-44 on Mar. 1, 2017. Alex Ross (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) was the only double-digit scorer for Bloomsburg with 10 points, while Morgan Klunk(Felton, Pa./York Catholic) and Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) each had nine.

The Huskies dropped their last PSAC contest at home to Mansfield 63-53 on Saturday (Jan. 20). Bloomsburg played a strong first quarter and led 20-13 after 10 minutes. The home team struggled to score the basketball in the second quarter, being out-scored 16-7. Bloomsburg could not recover from the cold-shooting second, and Mansfield would hang on for the road win. Mansfield would stretch their lead to as many as 10 multiple times in the fourth quarter, with Bloomsburg getting as close as four. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 35.4 percent (23-65) from the field, just 17.6 percent (3-17) from downtown and 57.1 percent (4-7) from the free throw line. The Huskies out-scored the Mountaineers 32-24 in the paint, registered six points off turnovers, won the battle for second chance points 8-7, and out-scored Mansfield off the bench 8-5. Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) led the Huskies in the scoring department with 14 points, while Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick)totaled 12 in the effort. Six other Huskies scored in the loss. Bloomsburg pulled down 30 total rebounds, including out-rebounding Mansfield 12-10 on the offensive glass. Montana's nine boards were a team-high and one shy of a double-double. Mack led Bloomsburg with four assists, while Montana blocked two shots and Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) marked a new career-high in steals with three. Three Huskies logged at least 30 minutes led by 33 from Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley). Montana was second with a total of 32 to tie her career-high, while Corridoni recorded 31.

Shippensburg fell at home to eastern division leader West Chester on Saturday (Jan. 20) by a score of 82-74. After the first quarter left the game tied at 19, West Chester did most of its damage by out-scoring the Raiders 29-11 in the second quarter. Shippensburg won the third quarter by eight and the fourth by two, but it was not enough to get the home win. Four Raiders scored in double figures in the loss, with Kryshell Gordy and Ariel Jones pouring in 19 on the night. Kasey Engle netted 12 on the night, while Victoria Blackburn added 10.

As a team, Bloomsburg shoots 39.8 percent from the floor, 27.1 percent from downtown and 60.3 percent from the free throw line. The Huskies score 57.1 points per game, while their scoring defense at 62.8 points per game is ranked fifth in the conference. Montana's 9.0 points per game lead the team, while Mack is second on the team with 8.3 points per game. The Huskies pull down 37.3 rebounds per game as a team, while opponents bring in 39.2 boards per game. Montana is also the team's leading rebounder with an average of 6.2 per game. Sneidman leads the team in the assist column with 40, while Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) is second with 37 and Mack is third with 34. Sneidman is also the team leader in steals with 16, while Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) is second with 14. Five other Huskies have registered double-digit steals on the year. Corridoni and Montana are the only players with double-digit blocks on the season, sharing the team lead at 16.

The Raiders shoot 41.8 percent from the floor, 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the foul line as a team. Shippensburg scores 64.5 points per game, while giving up 70.6 points per game. Jones is tied for second individually in the PSAC in scoring with an average of 20.3 points per game, which leads the team. Blackburn is the only other player to average double-figure scoring with a mark of 10.7 points per game. Shippensburg pulls down 37.4 rebounds per game, while being tied for sixth in the league in rebounding defense with an opponent average of 37.8 rebounds per game. Gordy and Kristin McGeough are the team's best individual rebounders, with averages of 8.6 and 7.4 rebounds per game respectively. Blackburn is also the team's assist leader with a total of 45 helpers on the season. Five other Raiders have recorded double-digit assists on the season. Jones leads the team in steals with 29, while four others have registered at least 10. McGeough is the team's leader in the blocking effort with 30, while two others are in double-digits in the category.

The Huskies begin the second half of their season series schedule with a trip to West Chester on Saturday (Jan. 28). Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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