Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Huskies Women's Basketball Ends Road Trip with Loss at Seton Hill

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GREENSBURG, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team ended its three-game road swing without a win, dropping the final game at Seton Hill 74-59 on Wednesday night (Jan. 17).

The Griffins, specifically Jenna Kaufman controlled the first quarter that left Seton Hill leading 23-14. The Huskies led 4-0 after a layup from Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) and a jumper from Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer), before Jenna Kaufman countered with two consecutive buckets to knot the game two minutes in. Seton Hill took a brief 5-4 lead on a split pair of free throws by Kaufman, before Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) re-gained the Husky lead with a layup. The lead changed hands yet again on a layup by Hannah Laslo, and again on another layup from Mack. 

Just under four minutes into the game, Laslo found Kaufman open beyond the arc, who buried the triple to put Seton Hill back up 10-8. The teams traded a few empty possessions before reigning Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Freshman of the Week Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) split a pair at the line to make it a one-point game with five and a half minutes to play in the opening frame. From that free throw, the Griffins would go on a 9-0 run over a span of three minutes to take control of the frame. Katie Nolan would get in on the scoring with a jumper just before the halfway mark, before a jumper by Cheyenne Trest got the Griffins up by five with 4:45 to play in the quarter. 

With just under four minutes to play in the opening quarter, Halie Torris knocked down a three-pointer to stretch the lead to eight, before a layup from Trest extended the lead to 10 with three and a half minutes to go. Payton Spadaccino (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock South) finally broke the drought making one of two free throws, before another layup from Trest got the Griffins up 21-10. Corridoni would get the game back to single-digits with 2:11 left, before the two teams went scoreless until inside the final minute. Montana's layup with 32 seconds left and a Kaufman jumper with six seconds left ended the quarter.

The Huskies would fight all the way back from a double-digit deficit to tie the game, but Seton Hill would ultimately take the 34-31 lead to the half. After a jumper from Saxton got the frame started, Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) and Laslo traded buckets to leave Seton Hill up by seven. The teams went scoreless for two minutes and change before a Corridoni layup got Bloomsburg back within five. Just over four minutes into the game, Nolan was sent to the line. She made the first and missed the second, with Courtney Cecere grabbing the offensive rebound. Cecere found Lindsey Misfud open for three to cash in on the second chance and extend the lead to nine. Montana got the deficit back to seven with a layup, before a cold minute and change took the teams to the media break. Out of the break, it was Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon)with a jumper that got Bloomsburg back within five to make the score 29-24. 

A minute later, Darcy Lee (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) was sent to the line, and made one of two to make it a four-point game with three minutes left in the frame. On Bloomsburg's next trip down the floor, Saxton got the Huskies back within two with a layup, before the clock ticked all the way down inside the final two minutes. The Huskies forced Kaufman to turn the ball over, and it was Sneidman coming away with the steal. The junior fed Lee who scored the layup to tie the game at 29 with 1:13 left in the half. Just inside the final minute, Alexandra Hay knocked down a triple to give the Griffins a 32-29 lead. Torris extended the lead to five with a bucket, before Lauren Oeth(Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) scored a layup to get Bloomsburg back within three to end the half.

The lead fluctuated in the third quarter from as few as six to as many as 11 for Seton Hill, but the Griffins led 53-42 after three quarters. The final frame began with another long ball from Hay, before Trest scored a layup to get the lead up to eight. On Bloomsburg's next trip down the floor, Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) split a pair at the free throw line to get one back, before a jumper from Laslo got the Griffins lead back up to nine. After a scoreless minute, Trest made one of two at the foul line that was countered by a three-pointer from Molnar to get the game back within seven just under four minutes into the quarter. That long ball was countered by a triple from Trest that got the lead back up to double-digits. 

Just before the halfway point of the frame, Oeth knocked down a clean pair at the stripe, the first of the game for BU to get the game back to within eight. Coming out of the media timeout with 4:22 left in the third, a pair of free throws from Nolan extended the lead back to 10. Saxton would make two free throws on the next offensive possession for BU to get the deficit back to eight with four minutes to play, before Cecere split a pair to make it a nine-point advantage for the home team. A layup from Saxton got the game to within seven with 3:44 left in the frame, before Kaufman's layup got the lead back up to nine. The clock ticked down inside two minutes, before a layup from Cecere extended the lead to 11. With 22 seconds left, a steal by Brandt sprung a breakaway layup by Sneidman to get the Huskies back within nine headed to the fourth quarter.

After the first bucket of her Bloomsburg career by Bella Ricci(Etters, Pa./Red Land) to open the fourth quarter, Torris countered it with a triple and the Griffins never looked back. The home team led by as few as seven and as many as 20 in the final quarter to defend home court for the win.

As a team, Bloomsburg shot 37.3 percent (22-59) from the floor, just 20.0 percent (2-10) from long range and 65.0 percent (13-20) from the free throw line. Saxton finished the game with a team-high nine points, while Molnar, Lee and Ricci each chipped in seven. Ricci's seven points marked a BU career-high for the sophomore transfer, while she also notched career marks in minutes (11), field goals (three) and steals (one), while tying a career mark with one assist. The Huskies pulled down 38 rebounds as a team, with Oeth leading the effort with seven. Saxton led the team in helpers with three, Oeth and Montana each blocked one shot and seven different Huskies recorded a steal in the loss.

The loss moves Bloomsburg to 6-12 overall and 3-9 in the PSAC, while the win pushes Seton Hill to 14-8 and 9-3 in league play.

The Huskies return home to the Nelson Field House on Saturday (Jan. 20) to host PSAC east rival Mansfield. Tip-off for that contest is slated for 3:00 p.m.

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