Saturday, January 13, 2018

Huskies Drop Tight PSAC Contest at East Stroudsburg on Saturday

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team fell in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action Saturday afternoon (Jan. 13) at East Stroudsburg by a score of 63-59.

The two teams played a low-scoring, back-and-forth first quarter with East Stroudsburg leading 13-11. The Huskies jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a three-pointer from Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) and one good free throw from Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick). After a couple empty possessions from both teams, Imani Brown made a pair of free throws, before Marlene Bassett tied the game with a layup with 5:01 left in the frame. Coming out of the media timeout, Mack sank a pair at the charity stripe to take give BU a 6-4 lead. Jordan Hertz tied the game with a layup, before two free throws from Brown put ESU up 8-6 with just under four minutes left in the quarter. Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) would tie the game at eight-apiece with a layup with three and a half minutes to play, before the teams went scoreless until just under the two-minute mark. Brown put the Warriors up by three with a long ball, before Amanda Arellano (Mt. Carmel, Pa./Mt. Carmel)knotted the game with a triple of her own. Dominique Rayam scored the final two points of the quarter at the free throw line for East Stroudsburg.

The second quarter began with a long ball from Mack for BU to take a 14-13 lead, before Bassett and Mack would trade buckets to leave Bloomsburg still up by one. Brown's jumper just past two minutes into the frame put East Stroudsburg up 17-16, before the teams went cold for about a minute and a half. Around the six and a half minute mark, Hertz made one of two free throws to put ESU up by two. With 6:15 left in the half, Mack made two free throws to tie the game at 18-all. On East Stroudsburg's ensuing possession, Noelle Powell scored an old-fashioned three-point play to put the Warriors up by three. After one minute of empty possessions, Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) scored a jumper to get BU back within one. Coming out of the second quarter media timeout, Saxton scored a layup that got Bloomsburg in front by one 22-21. On the next trip down the floor, Saxton would score for the third straight possession to stretch BU's lead to three with four minutes to play in the half. Arellano was sent to the line after a run to the rim on a steal, and made one of two to get the Huskies up 25-21. Allison Bauman ended ESU's cold streak with just over three minutes to play in the half leaving Bloomsburg ahead by two. With 2:19 to play in the quarter, a layup from Bauman knotted the contest at 25, before Saxton made one of two free throws with 1:46 left to put BU back up by one. Bauman continued her own streak with another layup, putting ESU up 27-26 with 1:35 remaining. Saxton would score yet again with just under a minute to play in the half to put Bloomsburg 28-27. East Stroudsburg held the final possession of the half, and they would take full advantage of it. Bauman found Abby Schoffstall open in the corner, who buried the three-pointer to give ESU a 30-28 lead at the half.

The teams tied in the third quarter 19-19 in a fast-paced 10 minutes. Tiffany Lapotsky opened the third quarter with a long ball to stretch the Warriors lead to five, before a Montana layup got the Huskies back within one possession. On BU's next trip down the floor, Corridoni scored a layup to get them back within one just over two minutes into the quarter. Almost three minutes into the frame, Montana sank two from the free throw line to put BU up 34-33, before Corridoni extended the Bloomsburg lead to three with a jumper. Brown got the Warriors within one, before a media timeout was called with 4:47 to play in the quarter. Out of the media timeout, Bauman knotted the game at 36 with a layup, before Montana countered it with a jumper. On BU's next trip down the floor, Saxton scored a layup to extend their lead to four. With three minutes left in the quarter, Brown and Corridoni exchanged buckets before Lapotsky drilled a long ball to get ESU back within 42-41. After one minute of quiet possessions, Lapotsky sunk two free throws to get the home team back up by one. Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) got in on the scoring with a layup to get BU back up by one, but the bucket was countered with two Lapotsky free throws. With 1:07 left in the quarter, Saxton split a pair at the charity stripe to tie the game at 45, before ESU went back up by two on a pair at the line by Powell. Saxton tied the game at 47 with a bucket with 16 seconds left, before Lapotsky hit a jumper from the elbow as time expired to take a 49-47 lead to the fourth quarter.

East Stroudsburg won the fourth quarter 14-12 to secure the win at home. Schoffstall started the frame with a layup, before about two minutes of empty possessions. A pair of free throws from Montana got the Huskies back within 51-49, before Bassett's jumper got the Warriors back up by four. Just over three minutes in, Saxton split a pair from the free throw line that was countered by one good free throw from Brown. Three and a half minutes in, Mack made one of two at the line, before Sneidman did the same on the next trip down the floor. Just over the halfway mark of the quarter, another bucket from Bassett kept ESU up by three going into the media timeout. Out of the break, Molnar made one of two at the free throw line that was countered by a long ball from Sadie Criswell. With two and a half minutes left, Criswell scored a fastbreak layup to get the Warriors a game-high lead of eight points. The Huskies got within four in the final two minutes, but ESU held on to defend home court.

As a team, Bloomsburg shot 40.4 percent (19-47) from the floor, 42.9 percent (3-7) from long range and 64.3 percent (18-28) from the charity stripe. Three Huskies scored in double-figures in the win, led by 17 points from Saxton. Mack added 13 in the loss, while Montana chipped in 11. Four other Huskies scored in the win. The Huskies pulled down 38 total rebounds in the contest, with Montana pulling down a team-high nine. Arellano tied career-highs in points with four, and also set new marks in three-pointers (one), assists (one) and steals (one).

The loss moves Bloomsburg to 6-11 overall and 3-8 in league play. With the win, East Stroudsburg moves to 10-4 overall and 8-2 in the PSAC.

The Huskies complete the three-game road trip on Wednesday (Jan. 17) when they travel to Seton Hill. Tip-off for that game is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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