Friday, February 9, 2018

GAME PREVIEW: Huskies Put Win Streak on the Line Against Millersville Saturday

(Photo courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information)
Women's Basketball

Now carrying a three-game win streak and climbing up the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East standings, Bloomsburg looks to split the season series with visiting Millersville on Saturday (Feb. 10). The Huskies are firmly in fifth place in the PSAC East division, while Millersville is in third place.

This will be the 85th all-time meeting between Bloomsburg and Millersville. The Marauders lead the series 43-41 after taking the first game of this season's series.

The Marauders defeated the Huskies 77-65 at Millersville back on Jan. 10. 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. Darcy Lee (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle)'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. Millersville led 33-30 at the half. The two teams played an energetic, high-scoring third quarter that Millersville won 23-17 to take a 56-47 lead to the fourth. Millersville would stretch their 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. Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick)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. Marissa Molnar(Erie, Pa./McDowell), 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 Huskies completed their season-sweep of Cheyney with a 60-53 road win on Wednesday night (Feb. 7). The first quarter was a tale of two different frames, with Cheyney jumping out to a 6-0 lead and the quarter ending tied at 13. The teams would play a second quarter equal to the first, with BU winning the frame 15-13 and taking a 28-26 lead to the half. BU led 45-41 after three quarters, out-scoring Cheyney 17-15 in the frame. Bloomsburg out-scored Cheyney 15-12 in the final frame on the way to the win. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 46.9 percent (23-49) from the floor, 50.0 percent (3-6) from beyond the arc and 61.1 percent (11-18) from the free throw line in the win. Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic)'s 22 points were a game-high, and just two shy of the career-high 24 that she set in the first meeting of this series back on Jan. 6 at the Nelson Field House. Mack's nine field goals tied the career-high that she set against Cheyney in the first meeting this season. Meghan Corridoni(Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) scored 10 points in the win, while Lauren Oeth (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) finished with nine. Bloomsburg scored eight points off turnovers, 14 points off second chances, 28 points in the paint and got 42 points off the bench compared to Cheyney's 11. Bloomsburg pulled down 35 rebounds in the win, with Mack grabbing a team-high eight. Her eight boards set a new career-high. Molnar logged a new career-high 32 minutes, while Ricci knocked down the first three-pointer of her BU career.

Millersville defended home court with a 72-65 win over Shippensburg Wednesday night (Feb. 7). Shippensburg led 16-5 after one quarter, before Millersville responded to double-up the Raiders 24-12 in the second and take a 29-28 lead to the half. The Marauders won the third quarter 15-14, and the fourth quarter 28-23 to get the comeback win. Three Marauders scored in double-figures in the win, led by Alayah Hall with a game-high 33 points. Janelle Robinson scored 14 points and also completed a double-double effort with 13 rebounds, while Lauren Lister chipped in 11 points.

As a team, Bloomsburg shoots 40.1 percent from the field, 27.7 percent from beyond the arc and 63.3 percent from the foul line. Bloomsburg scores 58.4 points per game, while ranking fifth in the PSAC in scoring defense giving up an average of 63.4 points per game. Montana leads the individual scoring effort with an average of 9.5 points per game, while Mack is second on the team at 9.3 points per game. The Huskies pull down 37.3 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 38.3 boards per game against them. Montana is also the individual rebounding leader with a mark of 6.5 boards per game. Corridoni is second on the team with an average of 4.5 rebounds per game. Saxton's 47 assists lead the team, while Mack is second on the team with 46. Eight others have registered at least 10 assists on the season. Saxton and Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) are tied for the team lead in steals with 16, while five others have double-digit steals as well. Corridoni's 23 blocks are a team-high, while Montana is second on the team with 18.

The Marauders shoot 41.1 percent from the floor, 26.9 percent from long range and 69.4 percent from the free throw line as a team. They are seventh in the league in scoring with an average of 68.3 points per game, while being seventh in the league in scoring defense giving up an average of 66.5 points per game. Millersville's 41.1 percent shooting is also eighth in the PSAC. Hall's team-leading 16.8 points per game are seventh in the conference individually, while Kendra Bamberger (11.2) and Lister (10.6) are the other players to average double-figure scoring. Millersville is eighth in the conference in rebounding with an average of 38.4 rebounds per game, while limiting opponents to just 36.8 rebounds per game, which is the fifth-best mark in the conference. Bamberger is the team's leading individual rebounder, pulling down an average of 7.9 rebounds per game. Hall is the team's assist leader with 64, while five others have recorded double-digit helpers. Hall's 48 steals also lead the team, while four others have at least 10 steals on the year. Courtney Dimoff is the only Marauder with double-digit blocks with 12.

The Huskies are back on home court for the final home game of the regular season next Wednesday (Feb. 14) when they battle I-80 rival East Stroudsburg. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Nelson Field House. 

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