Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Huskies Look to Snap Skid Against Division Rival Kutztown Wednesday Night

(Photo courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information)
The Huskies look to snap a rough seven-game losing streak when they welcome Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East division foe Kutztown to the Nelson Field House. Bloomsburg is currently outside the PSAC tournament picture in eighth place, while Kutztown is in third place in the division.

This will be the 97th all-time meeting between Bloomsburg and Kutztown, with BU leading the all-time series 71-25. Kutztown has won the last two games in the series.

The Golden Bears defeated the Huskies 53-45 at Kutztown's Keystone Arena back on Jan. 3. The first quarter was riddled with cold shooting and turnovers, but the Golden Bears led 11-6 after 10 minutes. The Golden Bears were able to stretch their lead to as many as eight in the second quarter, eventually taking a 27-21 lead to the half. The Huskies responded with a strong third quarter, out-scoring Kutztown 13-9 but still trailed 36-34 after three periods. Kutztown led by as many as nine in the final frame on their way to the win. As a team, the Huskies shot 36.0 percent (18-50) from the floor, 30.0 percent from downtown (3-10) and just 37.5 percent from the free throw line (6-16). Saxton led Bloomsburg with 12 points in the game, and Montana was the other Husky in double figures with 11. Five other Huskies scored in the contest. The Huskies lost a tight rebounding battle 38-36, while winning on the defensive glass 27-26. Montana pulled down a team-high eight rebounds on the night, including six on the defensive glass. Corridoni and Marianna Maldonado(Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) each tied career-high marks with two assists apiece, while Sneidman tied a career-high with two three-pointers. Montana's 32 minutes on the night were a team-high and also a career high.

BU lost to West Chester 78-60 back on Saturday (Jan. 27) at West Chester. West Chester led 23-14 at the end of the first quarter, while making five three-pointers in the frame. West Chester was able to stretch their lead into double-digits early in the second, before Bloomsburg would trim it down to seven. The Golden Rams would go to the locker room up 45-29. West Chester would maintain the double-digit lead throughout the entire third quarter, leading by as many as 28 and taking a 24-point lead to the fourth quarter. Despite the Huskies winning the fourth quarter 18-12, the Golden Rams led by double-digits for the entire duration of the frame to secure the dominant home court win. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 41.3 percent (26-63) from the floor, just 12.5 percent (1-8) from long range and 41.2 percent (7-17) from the foul line. Three Huskies scored in double-figures in the loss, led by Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) who finished the day with 15 points. Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) and Lauren Oeth (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) each chipped in 10 points, with Oeth marking a new career-high. Bloomsburg won the battle on the boards 41-33, with Montana and Darcy Lee (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) each pulling down a team-high eight. The eight boards set a new career-high for Lee. Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York)finished with a team-high four assists, while Marianna Maldonado(Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) recorded a team and career-high three steals on the afternoon.

The Golden Bears defeated Shippensburg on the road 67-56 back on Saturday (Jan. 27). KU led 20-12 after one quarter, and the two teams scored 13-apiece in the second to go to the locker room with KU up 33-25. Kutztown took advantage in the third quarter by out-scoring Shippensburg 11-8, before the two teams each scored 23 points in the final frame to lead KU to the road win. Three Golden Bears scored in double figures in the win, led by 16 points from Taylor Thames. Zoe Zerman finished the night with 15 points, while Karen Lapkiewicz added 10 points.

As a team, the Huskies shoot 39.8 percent from the field, 27.1 percent from beyond the arc and 60.2 percent from the free throw line. BU scores 57.5 points per game, while being fifth in the league in scoring defense giving up an average of 64.5 points per game. Montana's mark of 9.0 points per game is a team-high, while Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic)contributes 7.8 points per game. Saxton (7.5) and Corridoni (7.2) are the only Huskies to average over seven points per game. Bloomsburg pulls down 37.0 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 39.0 rebounds per game against them. Montana is also the team's leading rebounder, with an average of 6.0 per game. Saxton is the team's assist leader with 41, while 10 others have recorded double-digit helpers on the season. Taylor Sneidman(Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) is the team's leader in steals with 16, while six others are in double-figures in the category. Corridoni's 20 blocks are a team-high, followed by 16 from Montana.

Kutztown shoots 38.0 percent from the floor, 31.3 percent from long range and 68.3 percent from the free throw line as a team. KU is ninth in the league in scoring with an average of 67.0 points per game, while giving up an average of 68.2 points per game. Rylee Derr is the scoring leader for the Golden Bears, with a mark of 13.3 points per game. KU pulls down an average of 36.0 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 39.2 rebounds per game against them. Keifonna Ferguson leads the rebounding effort for KU with an average of 6.4 boards per game, while Derr averages 5.0. Thames leads the team and is 12th in the conference with 59 assists, while nine other Golden Bears have double-digit assists on the season. Ferguson leads the team in steals with 32, while 10 others have double-digit swipes on the year. Gabbi Wright (18) and Widdicombe (10) are the only two players with double-digit blocks on the year.

The Huskies are back at home on Saturday (Feb. 3) when they take on Lock Haven on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. at the Nelson Field House.

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