Monday, February 26, 2018

Huskies Fall at Kutztown in First Round of PSAC Tournament Monday Night

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KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team's season came to an end in the first round of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament on Monday night (Feb. 26), as they fell at Kutztown 73-60.

The first quarter was high-scoring and fast-paced, leaving the game tied at 18. Bloomsburg seemed to have the edge in the first five minutes, while Kutztown pushed the flow of the game for the last five minutes. The first point of the game was a Payton Spadaccino (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock South) free throw, before Gabbi Wright scored a layup to get KU on the board. Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) and Karen Lapkiewicz traded three-pointers, before Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer)knocked down a jumper that left BU up 6-5 just under three minutes in. Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon)scored a layup to put Bloomsburg up by three, before Kutztown got one back on a made free throw from Lapkiewicz. Another bucket from Corridoni put the Huskies up 10-6 just past the halfway point of the quarter, before Alexis Smith sunk two free throws to get Kutztown within a possession. As the clock ticked inside four minutes, Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick)exchanged a layup with a long ball from Wright that left Bloomsburg up 12-11. Lauren Oeth (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) would split a pair at the free throw line to put Bloomsburg back up by two, before a layup from Taylor Thames would tie the game at 13. Molnar knocked down another triple to put BU back up by three, before Wright got her team back within one with a layup. The final scoring of the quarter was a three-pointer from Wright that was followed up by a bucket from Corridoni.

Kutztown won the second quarter 25-20, and took a 43-38 lead to the half. Rylee Derr opened the frame with a triple, before Mack hit a jumper to keep Bloomsburg within one. Brandt and Thames traded jumpers a minute and a half in, before a Lapkiewicz layup put KU up 25-22 just past two minutes in. Keifonna Ferguson would get in on the scoring with a bucket that would be countered by a three-pointer from Mack that made it 27-25 just under four minutes in. Derr knocked down another long ball with five and a half minutes to play, before Mack sunk three free throws to get the game back within one possession. With four and a half minutes to go in the half, Derr would drill another three-pointer that would be followed up by layups from Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York)and Smith. A Montana layup would be countered by Derr's fourth three-pointer of the quarter, leaving Kutztown up 38-32 with three minutes to play in the half. The teams would trade empty possessions as the clock ticked down under two minutes, before Thames made one free throw to stretch the Golden Bears lead to seven. Inside the final minute of the half, Molnar nailed another three-pointer that was followed up by a jumper from Zoe Zerman and then a long ball from Mack. The final scoring of the first half was Wright sinking two free throws to send KU to the locker room with a five-point lead.

Kutztown won a tight third quarter 15-12 to take a 58-50 lead to the fourth quarter. Lapkiewicz split a pair at the free throw line to open the scoring, before Corridoni and Ferguson traded buckets to leave Kutztown up by six. Another score by Lapiewicz left Kutztown up 48-40 just over three minutes into the frame, before the clock ticked down under six minutes to play in the frame. Lapkiewicz made one free throw to stretch their lead to nine, before Saxton scored a layup to get the game back within seven with under five minutes to play. As the clock ticked down under four minutes left in the third, Lapiewicz exchanged a bucket with two free throws from Mack to leave the deficit at seven. With just under three minutes to play, Darcy Lee (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) got Bloomsburg within five with a layup before Derr knocked down two free throws to get KU back up by seven. With just over two minutes left in the third, Lee made one of two from the line before the clock worked into the final two minutes. Smith drilled a three-pointer, before Lee split another pair at the line to leave the teams separated by eight with 1:20 left in the quarter. The final scoring of the third was a layup from Alexis Smith that Mack countered with two free throws.
Kutztown would stretch their lead into double-digits just two minutes in and maintain that lead until two and a half minutes to play, when Lee scored a layup to cut the deficit to 68-59. Kutztown would again get a double-digit lead that Mack was able to temporarily trim at the free throw line with a minute and a half to play. The Golden Bears were able to pad their lead at the free throw line to put the victory on ice.

The Huskies shot 40.0 percent (20-50) from the floor, 31.6 percent (6-19) from long range and 73.7 percent (14-19) from the charity stripe. The Huskies also scored 20 points in the paint, seven off turnovers, and two each on second chances and on the fast break. The BU bench did out-score their counterparts 29-23 in the contest. Mack led the Huskies with a 16-point night with eight of her points coming from the free throw line, just one shy of her career high. Molnar was the other Husky in double figures with 14, knocking down four three-pointers. Seven other Huskies scored in the game. Bloomsburg out-rebounded Kutztown 34-30 in the game with a 26-24 edge on the defensive glass and an 8-6 edge on the offensive end. Corridoni led the effort on the glass with a game-high eight boards for Bloomsburg. Lee notched a new career-high in free throws with two in the loss.

Bloomsburg finishes the season 13-16, while Kutztown will move on to play the East division top seed West Chester on Wednesday night (Feb. 28).

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