Friday, January 19, 2018

Women's Basketball - Huskies Welcome Mansfield for Saturday PSAC Tilt

The Huskies look to snap their four-game skid when they host Mansfield at the Nelson Field House on Saturday (Jan. 20). This is an important game with teams jockeying for playoff position, as Mansfield is in fifth place and Bloomsburg is in sixth place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East division standings.

This will be the 74th all-time meeting between Bloomsburg and Mansfield, with Bloomsburg leading the series 64-9.

The Huskies squeaked out a 69-66 victory in the second game of last year's season series on Feb. 15, 2017 at Mansfield's Decker Gymnasium. The Huskies seemed to control the game early, out-scoring Mansfield 20-8 in the first quarter. The Mountaineers responded by winning the second quarter 17-14 to go to the half trailing 34-25. Mansfield won both the third and fourth quarters by three points apiece, but the first frame ultimately proved to be the difference as the Huskies held on for the win. Morgan Klunk(Felton, Pa./York Catholic) led all scorers with 26 points, while Alex Ross (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) completed a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Marissa Molnar(Erie, Pa./McDowell) also logged 10 points in the win. Five other Huskies also scored in the win.

Bloomsburg dropped game three of a three-game road swing through the PSAC, losing at Seton Hill 74-59 Wednesday night (Jan. 17). 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. Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) finished the game with a team-high nine points, while Molnar, Darcy Lee (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) and Bella Ricci (Etters, Pa./Red Land) 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 Lauren Oeth(Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) leading the effort with seven. Saxton led the team in helpers with three, Oeth and Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) each blocked one shot and seven different Huskies recorded a steal in the loss.

Mansfield defeated Shippensburg on home court Wednesday night (Jan. 17) by a score of 71-54. Mansfield led 20-14 after one quarter, before the Raiders responded and won the second quarter 20-12. The Mountaineers did most of their damage with a big third quarter in which they out-scored the visitors 25-9. Mansfield was able to maintain control of the game in the fourth to secure the home win. Four Mountaineers scored in double figures in the win, led by 24 points from Alyssa Mullins. Brielle Kelly finished the night with 17, while Erin Gibbons chipped in 11 and Mary Kate Rumbaugh added 10. Three other players scored in the effort.

As a team, the Huskies shoot 40.1 percent from the floor, 27.8 from long range and 60.4 percent from the free throw line. Bloomsburg averages 57.3 points per game, and are fifth in the league in scoring defense with a mark of 62.8 points per game. Montana leads the individual scoring effort with an average of 8.8 points per game, while Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic)'s 8.3 average is second on the team. Saxton is the only other player who averages at least seven points per game with a mark of 7.3. On the glass, the Huskies pull down 37.7 rebounds per game, while opponents bring in 39.1 boards per game against them. Montana also leads the individual rebounding effortwith an average of 6.0 per game, while Meghan Corridoni(Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) is second on the team with a mark of 4.4 boards per game. Taylor Sneidman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) leads the team in minutes with an average of 28.5, while Saxton plays 23.7 minutes per game and Montana logs 21.1 per game. Three Huskies have recorded at least 30 assists on the season, with Sneidman's team-high 39, Saxton's 34 and Mack's 30. Sneidman also holds the team lead in steals with 15, while Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) is second with 14. Four other Huskies have also recorded double-digit steals with 10-apiece. Corridoni leads the blocking effort with 15, while Montana has totaled 14 on the year.

As a unit, Mansfield shoots 38.2 percent from the field, 27.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the charity stripe. They score 60.6 points per game, while allowing 69.3 points per game. Two Mountaineers average double-figure scoring in Kelly, whose 18.8 points per game is fourth in the conference, and Mullins who scores 11.8 points per game. Mansfield is tied for fourth in the conference in rebounding with an average of 39.3 boards per game, while opponents grab 39.9 rebounds per game against them. Mullins is the team's leading rebounder, pulling down an average of 6.8 per game. Mullins and Rumbaugh share the team lead in playing time, both averaging 31.8 minutes per game. Kelly is the other Mountaineer to register at least 30 minutes a game. Three players have totaled at least 30 helpers on the season, led by Gibbons's 35. Paige Whitfield (32) and Melanie Taylor (30) are the other two. Mullins leads the team in steals with 21, while five other players have registered double-digit swipes on the season. Rumbaugh is the team's leader in blocks with 16, while Kelly is second on the team with 14 rejections.

The Huskies are back at home on Wednesday (Jan. 24) when they welcome PSAC East rival Shippensburg to the Nelson Field House. Tip-off for that game is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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