Thursday, January 11, 2018

Huskies Women's Basketball Drops PSAC Contest at Millersville Wednesday Night

Women's Basketball | Box Score
MILLERSVILLE, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team lost to Millersville 77-65 at the Pucillo Gymnasium Wednesday night (Jan. 10) in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action.

The Huskies started off slow in the first few minutes of the first quarter, but only trailed 18-13 at the end of the opening frame. The Huskies fell behind 7-3 and then 10-3, starting with a layup from Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) and then back-to-back scores by Alayah Hall. After a handful of empty possessions, Janelle Robinson extended the home team's lead with a long ball, before Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic)was sent to the free throw line on the Huskies next possession. Mack made the back end of a pair, before a Courtney Dimoff three-pointer extended the Millersville lead. Crossing over the halfway point of the quarter, the tide began to turn for Bloomsburg when Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) was fouled on a made layup. She made her one free throw coming out of the media timeout, making it a 10-6 game with 4:50 to play in the quarter. Lauren Lister and Payton Spadaccino (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock South) would trade buckets on consecutive possessions, before a jumper from Robinson gave the Marauders a 14-8 lead with less than four minutes to play. The two teams played scoreless for a little over a minute before Molnar knocked down a jumper to cut the deficit to four. With a minute and a half left in the frame, DiMoff knocked down a jumper to stretch the lead to six. Kendra Bamberger scored with 32 seconds left to stretch the lead to eight, before Darcy Lee (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) cut into the lead with a triple to end the quarter.

Lee's three-pointer at the end of the first sparked life into the Huskies offense, starting what became a 16-3 run for the Maroon and Gold that stretched to the second quarter media break. The frame opened with a jumper from Saxton, before Taylor Sneidman(Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) knotted the game at 18 with a triple. Olivia Mottern countered Sneidman's shot with a long ball of her own to put Millersville up 21-18 just 1:23 into the quarter, before the Marauders went cold for the next five minutes. In that span, Bloomsburg answered with eight uninterrupted to take a 26-21 lead with under four minutes left in the quarter. A layup from Lee began the run within the run, and then followed it up with a three-pointer. Mack extended the lead further with a triple of her own to get the Huskies a five-point lead with 5:38 left in the half. The next 2:07 was empty for both teams, before Dimoff ended the drought with a jumper at the 3:31 mark. The home team came back to life on a three-pointer from Hall, before the Huskies re-took the lead on two good free throws from Spadaccino with two minutes and change left. Millersville would score the next six on a long ball from Bamberger and an old-fashioned three-point play by Lister. Saxton scored a jumper in the mix to keep Bloomsburg within one possession, before one good Lister free throw put the Marauders up by three at the end of the half.

The two teams played an energetic, high-scoring third quarter that Millersville won 23-17. Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) and Robinson traded layups to open the frame, followed by Jade Farquhar and Saxton trading buckets. Saxton was fouled on her make, and knocked down the free throw to get Bloomsburg within two just under two minutes into the frame. Millersville took control of the game for a short period of time and eventually grew their lead to nine multiple times in the quarter.

As the Huskies entered the final quarter down 56-47, Saxton got things started with a driving layup from the left block. The freshman was fouled, but could not complete the three-point play at the line. Millersville countered with a jumper from Lister before Sneidman came back with another three-pointer. A layup from Lister and a long ball from Mottern stretched the Millersville lead into double-digits with 6:30 left in the game, which they would hold until the final horn. The Marauders led by as many as 16 in the final quarter.

As a team, Bloomsburg shot 43.3 percent (26-60) from the floor, 30.4 percent (7-23) from long range and 75 percent (6-8) from the free throw line. Three Huskies scored in double-figures in the loss, led by 15 points from Saxton. Montana finished with 13 points, while Lee chipped in 10. Both teams finished with 31 rebounds apiece, with Bloomsburg holding an 11-8 edge on the offensive glass. Saxton, Montana and Lee all grabbed a team-high five boards on the night. Molnar, Lee and Bella Ricci (Etters, Pa./Red Land) each set new career-high marks in minutes played, with Molnar logging 27, Lee recording 21 and Ricci seeing seven.

The loss drops the Huskies to 6-10 on the season, and 3-7 in the PSAC. With the win, Millersville evens their overall record at 7-7 and moves to 4-6 in league play.

The Huskies continue their road swing on Saturday (Jan. 13) when they travel up Interstate 80 to take on PSAC eastern division leader East Stroudsburg. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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