Saturday, January 6, 2018

Huskies Women's Basketball Powers Past Cheyney for PSAC Win on Saturday

Women's Basketball | Box Score
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team career days from Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) and Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) to earn their first win of 2018 over visiting Cheyney 69-60 on Saturday (Jan. 6) at the Nelson Field House.
The Lady Wolves led 19-15 after one quarter and 42-37 at the half. Bloomsburg was able to not let the deficit become too great in the first quarter, before Cheyney started off the second quarter hot. The Wolves started off the second with a long ball from TaKayla Ellis to stretch their lead to seven, before Ja'la Walker knocked down a jumper after securing a steal to get her team's lead up to nine. Mack would hit a three-pointer of her own off an assist from Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) to get the Huskies within 24-18, before back-to-back jumpers from Jamyra Maye and Ellis got the Lady Wolves lead to 28-18 with 6:51 left in the half. The two teams traded empty possessions before Brandt got the Huskies deficit back to single digits with a jumper. The teams traded empty possessions up until the media break with 4:36 left in the frame. Cheyney came out of the break and continued to do what had helped them build their lead-hit the offensive glass. After a miss by Maye, Yasmine Dorrielan grabbed an offensive board and put up a layup of her own to re-gain the 10-point lead for Cheyney. Brandt would counter it with another jumper to get the game to 30-22 with 3:43 left. The two teams went empty for 2:30 before Leah Myers (York, Pa./Eastern York) split a pair of free throws to get Bloomsburg within seven. Upon the miss on the second attempt, Brandt grabbed an offensive board and found Sneidman for a jumper to make it 30-25 with less than two minutes to play. A pair of free throws by Marlon Herring got Cheyney's lead back up to seven, before an Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) layup send the two teams to the half with the Lady Wolves leading by five.

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. Herring knocked down a jumper to start the quarter, but it was countered by a bucket from Mack. Mack sunk another bucket on the next trip down the floor, getting her team within one possession just one minute into the frame. After a blank possession by each team, Lauren Oeth (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) was fouled on a made layup and was sent to the line for one. The sophomore was unable to complete the three-point play, leaving the Huskies down 34-33 2:25 into the quarter. An Ellis layup got Cheyney back up by three, before Gianni Hill scored a layup to get the visitors back up by two possessions. Approaching the halfway point of the third, Mack was found open on the wing by Saxton, and Mack did not miss on another triple to get the game to 38-36. The two teams went empty for a little over 30 seconds, before Meghan Corridoni(Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) made a close-range bucket to knot the game at 38 with just under five minutes to play in the third. All of Bloomsburg's momentum was cancelled quickly by a long ball from Maye right before a media timeout. On the attempt, Maye was fouled, and she knocked down the one free throw to get the Lady Wolves up by four. Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick)scored a layup with 2:52 to yet again tie the game, this time at 45. Ellis responded by knocking one down from long range to put Cheyney back up by two. Mack would counter the triple with a jumper at the two-minute mark to tie the game for the sixth time. With 1:20 left, Montana was fouled underneath the bucket and knocked down a pair from the charity stripe to get Bloomsburg up 50-48. Two Cheyney buckets by Dorrielan and Briana Hedgepeth in the last minute, including Hedgepeth's in the final 10 seconds gave the Lady Wolves a 52-50 lead heading to the final 10 minutes.

The Huskies tied the game for the eighth time 43 seconds into the fourth when Brandt scored another jumper, before the Walker and Montana traded buckets for the ninth tie of the game. Mack and Hedgepeth would trade scores to keep the game tied, before Mack was left open on the wing yet again. Off a feed from fellow junior Sneidman, the junior buried yet another triple with 6:20 left that ignited the Bloomsburg natives and ultimately helped carry the victory. Bloomsburg would lead by as many as nine on their way to their third Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) win of the season.

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. Brandt 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. Sneidman set a new career-high in the assist column dishing out six, while Corridoni's three helpers also marked a career-high.

With the win, the Huskies move to 6-8 and 3-5 in the PSAC, while the Lady Wolves drop to 3-11 overall and 1-7 in league play.

The Huskies have one day off before they welcome West Chester for a Monday night (Jan. 8) eastern division showdown. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Nelson Field House. 

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