Saturday, January 20, 2018

Huskies Fall Short Against Mansfield at Home on Saturday


Box Score
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team dropped its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) contest with visiting Mansfield 63-53 at the Nelson Field House on Saturday (Jan. 20).

Bloomsburg started off strong and led 20-13 after one quarter. The two teams matched buckets for most of the frame, before the Huskies pulled away late for the lead. Brielle Kelly and Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) traded layups to start, before a jumper from Alyssa Mullins countered two free throws from Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer). Corridoni would score a jumper to make it 6-4, before Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) knocked down a tree-pointer to make it 9-4 with 5:38 to play in the opening quarter. Mullins countered with a triple of her own, before Taylor Montana(Berwick, Pa./Berwick) knocked down a jumper to keep the lead at four heading to the media timeout. Out of the break, two free throws from Kelly were offset by a Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) layup, leaving the BU lead yet again at four. Two good free throws from Erin Gibbons got Mansfield within two, before Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) cancelled them with a long ball to put the Huskies up 16-11 with three minutes to play in the frame. A layup from Kelly got the Mountaineers within three yet again, before Lauren Oeth(Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) made her presence felt on the next offensive possession for BU. After grabbing the offensive rebound off a missed Sneidman long ball, Oeth got a layup to fall to put BU up 18-13 with two minutes to play in the opening quarter. The last points of the frame came from a Montana layup with 52 seconds left to send Bloomsburg to the second quarter up by seven.

The second quarter would be one that cost the Huskies dearly, as they were out-scored 16-7 in the frame and went to the locker room down 29-27. In the first two minutes, Mary Kate Rumbaugh and Mack traded buckets to leave BU's lead at seven. After over two and a half minutes of scoreless possessions, back-to-back three-pointers from McKenzie Hatch and Gibbons got the Mountaineers within just one before the halfway mark of the quarter. Down inside four minutes to play in the quarter, another jumper from Corridoni moved the Huskies lead to three, before two more foul shots from Kelly got Mansfield within one yet again. With 2:36 left in the half, it was a clean pair from Gibbons that got Mansfield up by one. Upon being sent to the line, Oeth made one of two to knot the game at 25, before a layup from Kelly gave Mansfield a two-point lead with under two minutes to play in the half. Empty possessions ticked the clock down under one minute, before Rumbaugh and Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York)would trade layups to end the half.

The Mountaineers would win the third quarter 15-11, and seemed to be pulling away. Kelly and Corridoni exchanged layups to open the second half, before a bucket from Saxton tied it and a bucket from Kelly quickly negated the tie. The Mountaineers got their lead to a frame-high six thanks to a layup from Rumbaugh and two more free throws from Kelly with 5:23 to play in the quarter. Corridoni got the Huskies back within four with a layup, before another bucket from Montana made it 37-35 with 3:28 to play in the quarter. As the clock ticked down under two minutes, Saxton tied the game at 37 with another layup, before another bucket from Kelly put Mansfield right back up by two. Kelly would extend her team's lead to five with an old-fashioned three-point play, before Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) made one of two at the line to get Bloomsburg within 42-38 with 29 seconds to play in the third. On the final possession of the quarter, Rumbaugh was fouled and knocked down two free throws to send Mansfield to the fourth with a 44-38 lead.

Mansfield would stretch their lead to as many as 10 multiple times in the fourth quarter, with Bloomsburg getting as close as four. Coming out of the final media break, Mansfield led 49-42 with 4:54 to play in the game. Kelly put the visitors up by nine with a pair of free throws, before a layup from Oeth neutralized them and kept the deficit at seven. A layup from Corridoni with 3:40 left made it a five-point game, before Mullins sank two at the stripe to stretch the lead back to seven with 3:18 to play. On the next possession for BU, Sneidman knocked down a triple to get BU as close as it would get for the remainder of the quarter. Mansfield was able to ice the game from the charity stripe, shooting 13-14 from the line in the fourth quarter alone and 26-28 for the game.

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. Corridoni led the Huskies in the scoring department with 14 points, while Montana 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 Molnar marked a new career-high in steals with three. Three Huskies logged at least 30 minutes led by 33 from Sneidman. Montana was second with a total of 32 to tie her career-high, while Corridoni recorded 31.

The loss moves Bloomsburg to 6-13 overall and 3-10 in the PSAC. With the win, Mansfield moves to 7-12 and 5-8 in conference play.

Bloomsburg is back at home on Wednesday (Jan. 24) when they host PSAC East rival Shippensburg. Tip-off for that game is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Nelson Field House. 

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