Friday, January 12, 2018

Huskies Continue PSAC Road Swing at East Stroudsburg Saturday

The Huskies battle East Stroudsburg in game two of a three-game Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) road trip on Saturday (Jan. 13). This will be the first game of the season series between these Interstate 80 rivals. The Warriors lead the PSAC eastern division, while the Huskies are in a tie with Mansfield for fourth place.

This will be the 79th meeting between these two programs. Bloomsburg leads the all-time series over East Stroudsburg 51-27.

The Warriors defeated the Huskies 87-61 in the second meeting of last season's series on Feb. 18, 2017 at East Stroudsburg's Koehler Fieldhouse. East Stroudsburg out-scored Bloomsburg in each of the four quarters, but ultimately did its damage by winning the second quarter 25-11. Alex Ross (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) led the Huskies with 16 points, while Alyssa Mack(Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) was the only other double-digit scorer with 12.

The Huskies dropped game one of the road trip at Millersville Wednesday night (Jan. 10) by a score of 77-65. Trailing by five after one quarter, Bloomsburg embarked on a 16-3 run that spanned from the final 32 seconds of the first quarter to the media break of the second quarter. Millersville would counter the run with one of their own, a 12-4 run to end the half. The Marauders were able to take control in the second half, scoring at least 20 points in both the third and fourth quarters to secure the home win. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 43.3 percent (26-60) from the floor, 30.4 percent (7-23) from long range and 75 percent (6-8) from the free throw line. Three Huskies scored in double-figures in the loss, led by 15 points from Saxton. Montana finished with 13 points, while Lee chipped in 10. Both teams finished with 31 rebounds apiece, with Bloomsburg holding an 11-8 edge on the offensive glass. Saxton, Montana and Lee all grabbed a team-high five boards on the night. Molnar, Lee and Bella Ricci (Etters, Pa./Red Land) each set new career-high marks in minutes played, with Molnar logging 27, Lee recording 21 and Ricci seeing seven.

The Warriors dropped their PSAC midweek contest at No. 3 IUP Wednesday night (Jan. 10) by a score of 79-61. IUP more than doubled up ESU in scoring in the first quarter 28-13, which ultimately made the difference in the game. Imani Brown scored 17 to lead the Warriors on the night, while Jordan Hertz was the other double-digit scorer with 11. ESU lost the overall rebounding battle 39-33, but held a 15-7 edge on the offensive glass. Hertz also pulled down a team-high six boards on the night.

The Huskies score 57.1 points per game, and are also fifth in the league in scoring defense giving up 62.1 points per game. Montana leads the team in scoring, dropping 8.8 points per game. Mack is the only other Husky to average above eight points per game, with a mark of 8.3. The Huskies pull down 37.6 boards per game, and opponents grab 38.7 rebounds per game against them. Montana is also the individual rebounding leader on the squad, hauling in 5.9 rebounds per game. Two Huskies in Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) (34) and Saxton (30) have at least 30 assists on the year, while nine others have recorded double-digits in the category. Sneidman is also the team leader in steals with 14, while Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) is second with 13. Meghan Corridoni(Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) leads the squad in blocks with 14, while Montana is second on the team with 12.

The Warriors are fifth in the league in scoring with an average of 75.4 points per game, and also give up 69.2 points per game. Brown leads the team with a scoring average of 20.9 points per game, which is third in the PSAC. Tiffany Lapotsky is the other Warrior who averages double-figure scoring with a mark of 12.8 points per game. East Stroudsburg pulls down 37.3 rebounds per game, while opponents collect 42.4 boards per game against them. Brown is also the team's rebounding leader, hauling in 7.2 per game. Hertz leads the team with 54 assists, which is tied for fifth in the conference. Five other Warriors have registered double-digit helpers on the season. Hertz is also the team's leader in steals (35) and blocks (15). Three other players have double-digit swipes on the season, while Marlene Bassett (12) is the only other player with double-digit blocks.

BU will conclude its three-game road swing with a trip out west to Seton Hill on Wednesday (Jan. 17). Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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