Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Huskies Take Win Streak to Mansfield Wednesday Night

2/20/2018 | Women's Basketball
Having clinched a spot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament over the weekend, Bloomsburg looks to win its sixth in a row at Mansfield Wednesday night (Feb. 21). Bloomsburg is currently the projected fifth seed, while Mansfield is behind them as the sixth seed.

This will be the 75th all-time meeting between Bloomsburg and Mansfield, with Bloomsburg leading the series 64-10. 

Mansfield dropped Bloomsburg 63-53 at the Nelson Field House back on Jan. 20. Bloomsburg started off strong and led 20-13 after one quarter. The two teams matched buckets for most of the frame, before the Huskies pulled away late for the lead. The second quarter would be one that cost the Huskies dearly, as they were out-scored 16-7 in the frame and went to the locker room down 29-27. The Mountaineers would win the third quarter 15-11 and seemed to be pulling away. Mansfield would stretch their lead to as many as 10 multiple times in the fourth quarter, with Bloomsburg getting as close as four. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 35.4 percent (23-65) from the field, just 17.6 percent (3-17) from downtown and 57.1 percent (4-7) from the free throw line. The Huskies out-scored the Mountaineers 32-24 in the paint, registered six points off turnovers, won the battle for second chance points 8-7, and out-scored Mansfield off the bench 8-5. Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) led the Huskies in the scoring department with 14 points, while Taylor Montana(Berwick, Pa./Berwick) totaled 12 in the effort. Six other Huskies scored in the loss. Bloomsburg pulled down 30 total rebounds, including out-rebounding Mansfield 12-10 on the offensive glass. Montana's nine boards were a team-high and one shy of a double-double. Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) led Bloomsburg with four assists, while Montana blocked two shots and Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) marked a new career-high in steals with three. Three Huskies logged at least 30 minutes led by Montana with a total of 32 to tie her career-high, while Corridoni recorded 31.

Bloomsburg won its fifth straight back on Wednesday (Feb. 14), defeating PSAC East division leader East Stroudsburg 62-61 in thrilling fashion. The Warriors led 19-14 after a fast-paced first quarter, with an opening three-pointer from Tiffany Lapotsky. The Huskies responded by winning the second quarter 15-14 to go into the half trailing 33-29. The Huskies would win their second straight frame in the third quarter, out-scoring the Warriors 23-20 in the period. In a low-scoring yet very defensive fourth quarter, the Huskies won the frame 10-8 to secure the win. The final bucket of the game was a three-pointer from Molnar with 2:49 left. The teams traded empty possessions into the final minute, before ESU had the final chance with the ball in their offensive end in the final 10 seconds. After an intentional foul by Mack with six seconds left, the Warriors had to dial up the perfect play to get one good look. The play was set for Hertz, whose layup was rejected in a big way by Corridoni with three seconds left. Powell got the final look for the Warriors but would come up empty, thus sealing the home win for the Huskies. BU was able to hold ESU scoreless for the last 4:16. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the floor, 42.9 percent (3-7) from long range and 60.0 percent (3-5) from the foul line. Mack led all scorers with 19 points, on a 9-12 night shooting with one three-pointer. Both Molnar and Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) also scored in double-figures with 10 points apiece. BU out-rebounded ESU 33-29, including a 27-18 edge on the defensive glass. Mack's seven rebounds were also a game-high. Mack tied her career-high in field goals (nine) for the second time this season, while Corridoni dished out a career-high five assists and tied a career best with four big rejections. Mack last made nine field goals against Cheyney back on Feb. 7, while Corridoni matched her career mark set against Shippensburg back on Jan. 24.

Mansfield dropped their last game at Shippensburg 72-63 on Saturday (Feb. 17). The teams tied 14-14 in the first quarter, while Shippensburg won the second quarter 17-14 to take a 31-28 lead to the half. The Raiders would grow their lead in the third quarter, winning the frame 18-13 and taking an eight-point lead to the fourth. The two teams played a fast, high-scoring fourth quarter that Shippensburg won 23-22 to get the home win. Three Mountaineers scored in double figures in the loss, led by a game-high 23 points from Alyssa Mullins. Mary Kate Rumbaugh also poured in 19 on the day, while Melanie Taylor added 10.

As a team, BU shoots 41.2 percent from the floor, 29.2 percent from downtown and 64.4 percent from the free throw line. The Huskies score 59.5 points per game, while having the fifth-best scoring defense in the league giving up an average of 63.6 points per game. Mack is the team's leading scorer pouring in 10.0 points per game, while Montana is second on the team averaging 9.3 points per game. Bloomsburg pulls down 36.8 rebounds per game, while being seventh in the league in rebounding defense allowing opponents 37.5 rebounds per game. Montana is the team's individual leading rebounder, collecting an average of 6.3 boards per game. Mack is the team's assist leader with 53, while Saxton is second on the team with 43. 10 others have recorded double-digit helpers on the season. Saxton and Megan Brandt(Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) share the team lead in steals with 18, while five others have recorded at least 10 on the season. Corridoni leads the team with 28 blocks, while Montana is second on the team with 20. Saxton leads the team in minutes, logging 24.7 per game. Montana (21.6), Mack (21.2) and Corridoni (21.1) are the others that play at least 20 minutes per game.

As a team, Mansfield shoots 38.0 percent from the field, 26.0 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the foul line. Mansfield scores 59.5 points per game, while giving up 67.5 points per game. Brielle Kelly is the team's leading scorer and the third-best scorer in the conference pouring in 19.5 points per game. Mullins is the only other Mountaineer to average double-figure scoring with a mark of 11.4 points per game. Mansfield is the sixth-best rebounding team in the conference, pulling down 38.7 rebounds per game. The Mountaineers are also the 10th-best team in rebounding defense giving up an average of 38.8 boards per game. Kelly is also the team's leading rebounder, grabbing an average of 6.6 boards per game. Mullins (6.5) and Rumbaugh (6.3) are the only other Mountaineers to pull down at least six rebounds per game. Erin Gibbons is the team's assist leader with 47, while three others have at least 40 on the year and another three have at least 30. Rumbaugh and Mullins share the team lead in steals with 30, while four others have at least 10. Rumbaugh leads the blocking effort with 22, while three others have registered at least 10 rejections on the season. Rumbaugh is also the team's minutes leader playing 32.5 minutes per game. Mullins (32.2), Gibbons (31.8) and Kelly (30.9) are the other Mountaineers who play at least 30 minutes per game.

The Huskies will wrap up their regular season on Saturday (Feb. 24) when they travel to PSAC East rival Shippensburg. Tip-off for that contest is slated for 1:00 p.m. 

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