Friday, January 26, 2018

Huskies Look to Rebound in PSAC Play at West Chester on Saturday

The Huskies begin the second half of their Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East season series with a trip to division-leading West Chester on Saturday. Right now, the Huskies are outside the PSAC tournament, sitting in eighth place in the division standings.

This will be the 81st all-time meeting between Bloomsburg and West Chester. The Golden Rams hold a 42-38 series lead.

The Golden Rams came away with the 73-64 road win at the Nelson Field House back on Jan. 8. Bloomsburg led 21-16 after one quarter, and 34-32 at the half. West Chester led just 51-50 after three quarters. 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. Alyssa Mack(Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) chipped in 14 points on 5-11 shooting including two long balls, while Marissa Molnar(Erie, Pa./McDowell) 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 Huskies dropped a tough home contest to visiting Shippensburg on Wednesday night (Jan. 24) by a score of 83-64. The Raiders led 21-12 after one quarter, and that is about as close as the Huskies would get in the game. After the second quarter began, Jones scored a layup to re-gain the Raiders' double-digit lead. In the second, Shippensburg led by as many as 15 while not letting the lead below double-digits. They out-scored Bloomsburg 19-15 in the quarter and led 40-27 after 20 minutes. The lead would grow in the third quarter for the Raiders, as they led many as 21 and did not let the lead under 16. The Raiders would win the third quarter 20-13. The Huskies would trim into the deficit in the final frame, but the Raiders would still hold their double-digit lead until the final horn. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 37.9 percent (22-58) from the field, 33.3 percent (6-18) from three-point range and 77.8 percent (14-18) from the foul line. The Huskies scored 24 points in the paint, 16 off turnovers and two off of fast breaks. Bloomsburg out-scored Shippensburg 12-8 in second chance points, and also 28-14 off the bench. Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) led the Huskies with 15 points, while Molnar added 10. Nine other Huskies scored in the loss. BU pulled down 28 rebounds in the game, led by five from Darcy Lee(Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle). Saxton was the only Husky to play at least 30 minutes on the night, logging a total of 34. Molnar tied career-highs with four field goals and three assists on the night, while also logging a career-best 29 minutes. Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) marked a new career-high in blocks with four, while Saxton recorded a career-high three steals. Amanda Arellano (Mt. Carmel, Pa./Mt. Carmel) recorded four steals on the night for a new career-high, while Marianna Maldonado (Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) scored a career-high seven in the contest. Bella Ricci (Etters, Pa./Red Land) logged a career-best 14 minutes, while Lauren Oeth(Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) set a new career-high from the free throw line going 5-6.

West Chester defeated Pitt-Johnstown on the road Wednesday night (Jan. 24) by a score of 78-68. The Golden Rams needed a comeback effort to secure the win, as they trailed 19-16 after one quarter and 35-29 at the half. West Chester out-scored UPJ 24-16 in the third and 25-17 in the fourth to get the road win. Four Golden Rams scored in double figures in the win, led by Porscha Speller's 18 points. Katherine Fisher, Mia Hopkins and Alexis Anderson each scored 10 points on the night.

As a unit, Bloomsburg shoots 39.7 percent from the field, 27.5 percent from beyond the arc and 61.3 percent from the free throw line. The Huskies score 57.4 points per game, while being fifth in the league in scoring defense with an average of 63.8 points per game. Montana leads BU's individual scoring effort with an average of 8.8 points per game, while Mack is second on the team averaging 8.0 points per game. Saxton (7.7 PPG) and Corridoni (7.1 PPG) are the only others with scoring averages above seven points per game. Bloomsburg grabs 36.8 rebounds per game, while opponents pull down an average of 39.3 boards per game against them. Montana also leads the individual rebounding effort with a mark of 5.9 boards per game, while Corridoni (4.4 RPG) is the only other Husky with a rebounding average above four per game. Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley)'s 40 assists lead the team, while Saxton (37) and Mack (35) are the only other players with at least 30 helpers on the season. Eight other Huskies have recorded double-digit assists on the season. Sneidman is also the team's leader in steals with 16, while Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) is second on the team with 14. Five other players have registered double-digit steals on the season. Corridoni leads the blocking effort with 20 on the season, while Montana is second on the team with 16.

As a team, West Chester shoots 46.3 percent from the floor, 31.9 percent from downtown and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Golden Rams lead the PSAC in scoring totaling 81.3 points per game, while giving up an average of 70.4 points per game. Speller leads the team offensively with an average of 15.9 points per game, which is 10th in the league individually. Three other Golden Rams in Hopkins (14.5), Camdem Boehner (13.0) and Lexi Bruno (10.1) average double-figure scoring. West Chester hauls in an average of 37.0 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 38.7 boards per game against them. Hopkins is the team's leading rebounder, pulling down an average of 8.9 rebounds per game, which is fourth individually in the conference. Hopkins is also the team's leader in assists, while being tied for fifth in the league with 67. Speller leads the team in steals with 36, which is the 11th-highest total in the PSAC. Two others in Bruno (34) and Hopkins (30) have recorded at least 30 steals on the season. Hopkins also leads the team in blocks with 14, while Speller is second on the team with 11.

The Huskies return home for the first of two consecutive home games on Wednesday (Jan. 31) when they welcome Kutztown to the Nelson Field House. Opening tip for that game is slated for 5:30 p.m. 

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