Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Women's Basketball - Huskies Look to Take Down Griffins on Wednesday

The Huskies look to end their three-game losing streak and finish out their road trip through the conference on a high note. The Huskies are in a tie with Mansfield for fifth place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) east division, while the Griffins are in fourth place in the west division.

This will be the fourth meeting all-time between Bloomsburg and Seton Hill. BU has won the previous three meetings for a 3-0 series lead.

The Huskies edged the Griffins 82-79 in Greensburg back during the 2015-16 season.

The Huskies lost in a close game at division leader East Stroudsburg on Saturday (Jan. 14) by a score of 63-59. East Stroudsburg led 13-11 after one quarter and 30-28 at the half. Each team scored 19 points in the third quarter, and East Stroudsburg won the fourth quarter 14-12 to secure the win at home. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 40.4 percent (19-47) from the floor, 42.9 percent (3-7) from long range and 64.3 percent (18-28) from the charity stripe. Three Huskies scored in double-figures in the win, led by 17 points from Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York)Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic)added 13 in the loss, while Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick)chipped in 11. Four other Huskies scored in the win. The Huskies pulled down 38 total rebounds in the contest, with Montana pulling down a team-high nine. Amanda Arellano (Mt. Carmel, Pa./Mt. Carmel) tied her career-high in points with four, and also set new marks in minutes (eight), three-pointers (one), assists (one) and steals (one).

The Griffins are coming off a 64-58 upset win over No. 10 California (Pa.) at home on Saturday (Jan. 14). Seton Hill led 13-11 after one quarter, and trailed just 31-30 at the half. The Vulcans controlled the third quarter from the start, doubling up Seton Hill 18-9 in the frame. The Griffins responded by holding California (Pa.) to just nine points while scoring 25 to nail down the come-from-behind win. Jenna Kaufman led Seton Hill with 16 points, Cheyenne Trest scored 15 and Alexandra Hay added 11. Kaufman completed the double-double effort by pulling down 10 rebounds, while Trest fell one short with nine boards. The Griffins shot 50.0 percent (21-42) from the floor, 55.6 percent (5-9) from long range and a perfect 17-17 from the free throw line.

As a team, the Huskies shoot 40.3 percent from the floor, 28.1 percent from beyond the arc and 60.0 percent from the charity stripe. BU scores 57.2 points per game, while allowing 62.1 points per game which is the fifth-best mark in the conference. Montana leads the individual scoring effort with an average of 9.0 points per game, while Mack's 8.6 average is second on the team. Saxton is the only other player averaging more than seven points per game, with a mark of 7.2. On the glass, Bloomsburg pulls down 37.6 rebounds per game, while opponents pull down 38.6 boards per game against them. Montana's 6.1 rebounds per game is also a team-high. Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley)'s 37 assists lead the team, while Saxton is second on the team with 31. Mack (30) is the only other player with at least 30 assists on the season. Eight other Huskies have recorded double-digit helpers. Sneidman is also the team leader in steals with 14, while Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) is second with 13 and Saxton is third with 10. Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) leads the blocking effort with 15, while Montana is second on the team with 13.

As a team, the Griffins shoot 42.4 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from downtown and a conference-leading 77.8 percent from the free throw line. Seton Hill is fourth in the PSAC in scoring offense with a mark of 77.9 points per game, while allowing 68.6 points per game. Kaufman's team-high scoring average of 17.6 points per game is seventh in the league, while Trest's 14.8 scoring average is tied for 15th in the league. Hay is the other Griffin to average in double figures with a mark of 13.1 points per game. Seton Hill pulls down 37.9 boards per game as a team, while opponents get 37.9 rebounds per game against them. Their rebounding defense is tied for sixth in the league. Kaufman is also the team's rebounding leader with an average of 7.4 rebounds per game. Trest's 57 assists are sixth in the league, while eight other Griffins have registered double-digit assists on the year. Hay leads the team in steals with 19, while four other players have at least 10 swipes on the season. Hannah Laslo leads the team in blocks with 11, and is the only player to record double-digit rejections.

The Huskies return to the friendly confines of the Nelson Field House on Saturday (Jan. 20) when they welcome eastern division foe Mansfield. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. 

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