Sunday, January 7, 2018

Huskies Look to Take Down Golden Rams at Home on Monday

The Huskies look to extend their Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) winning streak to two when they battle West Chester at home on Monday (Jan. 8). The Golden Rams are currently in second place in the league's eastern division, while the Huskies are lodged in a three-way tie for third place.

This will be the 76th all-time meeting between Bloomsburg and West Chester. The Huskies hold a slim 39-36 series lead.

Bloomsburg defeated West Chester 81-68 last year on Feb. 1, 2017 at the Nelson Field House. Bloomsburg led 24-22 after one quarter, and 44-37 at the half. The teams played an even third quarter, before Bloomsburg was able to hold its lead in the fourth and pull away for the win. Five Huskies scored in double figures in the win, led by 20 points from Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic)Morgan Klunk (Felton, Pa./York Catholic)Alex Ross (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) each scored 13 in the win, while Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) chipped in 12.

The Huskies picked up their third PSAC win of the season on Saturday (Jan. 6), defeating Cheyney 69-60 at home. The Lady Wolves led 19-15 after one quarter and 42-37 at the half. In the first five minutes of the third quarter, Bloomsburg got within one point of a tie but Cheyney was able to fend it off and hold their lead. Cheyney led by two after three quarters, but the Huskies were able to knock down some clutch shots to pull away for the win. As a team, The Huskies shot 44.4 percent (28-63) from the field, 42.9 percent (6-14) from long range and 58.3 percent (7-12) from the charity stripe. Bloomsburg also notched 16 points in the paint, nine off turnovers, and 13 on second chances. The Bloomsburg bench also out-scored their counterparts from Cheyney 20-12. Mack's 24 points on the day led all scorers and also was a new career-high. She made nine of 13 total field goals, including going 4-5 from long range. The nine buckets from the field also marked a new career-high for Mack. Megan Brandt(Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) was the other Husky to score in double figures and also set a new career-high with 15 points. The freshman also notched a new career-high by pulling down nine rebounds. Bloomsburg won a tight battle on the boards 45-43, led by Montana who hauled in 11 rebounds on the day. Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) set a new career-high in the assist column dishing out six, while Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer)'s three helpers also marked a career-high.
The Golden Rams beat Mansfield at home on Saturday (Jan. 3) 91-73. West Chester led just 22-21 after one quarter, but pulled away for good in the second by out-scoring Mansfield 23-11. The two teams played a high-scoring third quarter that ended with each team scoring 27 points, but West Chester held their lead for most of the game to secure the win. Four Golden Rams scored in double figures in the win, paced by 19 points from Mia Hopkins. Destiny Jefferson logged 17 points in the outing, while Camden Boehner scored 16 points. Katherine Fisher rounded out the double-digit scorers by contributing 12 points.

On the season, Bloomsburg shoots 39.7 percent from the field, 26.8 percent from downtown and just 58.3 percent from the free throw line. The Huskies score 56.1 points per game, but are also third in the league in scoring defense giving up 60.1 points per game. Individually, Mack and Montana lead the scoring effort with a mark of 8.0 points per game. Corridoni is the only other Husky averaging at least seven points per game, with a mark of 7.1. The Huskies pull down an average of 38.1 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 40.0 rebounds per game against them. Montana leads the individual rebounding effort, with an average of 5.9 boards per game. Sneidman leads the team in the assist column, totaling 33. Payton Spadaccino (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock South)is second on the team with 26, while Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) has 25 and Mack has totaled 24. Four other Huskies have recorded double-digit assists on the season. Brandt (13) and Sneidman (12) are the only players with double-digit steals, while Corridoni (13) and Montana (10) are the only players with double-digit blocks on the season.

On the year, West Chester is shooting 46.6 percent from the floor, 31.9 percent from long range and 70.6 percent from the foul line. The Golden Rams are second in the league in scoring with a mark of 81.7 points per game, while also giving up 72.4 points per game. Three Golden Rams average double-digit scoring, led by Porscha Speller who drops 18.8 points per game. Hopkins also scores 14.4 points per game, while Boehner chips in 12.8 points per game. West Chester pulls down 37.6 boards per game, while they limit opponents to 37.9 boards per game, which is seventh in the PSAC. Hopkins is the only Golden Ram that averages double-digits in rebounding, pulling down 10.0 boards per game. Hopkins's 50 assists lead the team and are fifth in the league, while Lexi Bruno is second on the team with 43 helpers. Two other players have at least 25 assists on the season. Six players have double-digit steals on the season, led by Speller's 25. Hopkins also leads the team in blocks with nine.

The Huskies hit the road on Wednesday (Jan. 10) to take on Millersville in a key PSAC eastern division tilt. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. 

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