Thursday, February 15, 2018

Huskies Win Fifth Straight in Thrilling Fashion over ESU 62-61

(Photo courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information)
Women's Basketball | Box Score
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team defeated visiting East Stroudsburg 62-61 in wild fashion to win their fifth straight on Wednesday night (Feb. 14) at the Nelson Field House.

The Warriors led 19-14 after a fast-paced first quarter, with an opening three-pointer from Tiffany Lapotsky. Lapotsky single-handedly stretched the lead to 6-0 with an old-fashioned three-point play. Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) got the Huskies on the board with a layup before an errant pass was deflected into the Huskies basket to put ESU back up by six. Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) exchanged a bucket with Marlene Bassett, before Bassett and Megan Brandt(Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) traded buckets to leave the Warriors up 12-6 with 5:42 to play in the frame. Another three-pointer from Lapotsky coupled with a layup from Bassett stretched ESU's lead to 17-6, before a jumper from Mack cut the deficit back to single-digits. 
The Huskies would force turnovers and translate them into points on the next two possessions to make it a five-point game with 3:11 to play in the opening quarter. A turnover by Imani Brown with Lauren Oeth (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) getting the steal and the bucket was followed by a turnover by Bassett that led to a bucket from Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York). As the clock ticked down inside two minutes, another jumper from Mack got the game to within three points, before Brown sunk two free throws to complete the scoring in the first quarter.

The Huskies responded by winning the second quarter 15-14 to go into the half trailing 33-29. Lapotsky and Meghan Corridoni(Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) traded buckets to open the second quarter, before Ann McKnight knocked down a triple to get the Warriors lead back to eight two and a half minutes in. A seven-point swing would occur next for the Huskies, courtesy of Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) and Mack. After the junior missed the first attempt from mid-range, Corridoni grabbed the offensive board and restarted the offense. Mack gave it back to her fellow junior and Molnar knocked down the jumper to make it a six-point game. On the next trip down the floor, Molnar knocked down a triple off an assist from Marianna Maldonado (Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain East), followed up by a layup from Mack to cut the deficit to 24-23 with six minutes to play in the half. Noelle Powell and Mack exchanged buckets going to the media timeout with 4:55 to play. Out of the break, it was Powell again whose bucket was countered by a jumper from Saxton to trim the deficit to three with 3:22 to play in the half. With the clock ticking down under two minutes, a layup from Saxton got the deficit within one yet again, before Powell knocked down a triple with 44 seconds left. The half ended with a layup from Mack being countered by a bucket from Brown.

The Huskies would win their second straight frame in the third quarter, out-scoring the Warriors 23-20 in the frame. The second half opened with a three-point play from Corridoni, that was countered by a long ball from Jordan Hertz. Buckets from Molnar and Saxton tied the game at 36 just under two minutes in, before the Huskies took a lead on a layup from Corridoni. Payton Spadaccino (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock South) sunk one of two free throws to stretch the BU lead to three, before Mack would knock down a jumper a minute later to get the Huskies up by five. Powell hit another three-pointer to get the game back to two points, before Lapotsky created a turnover and scored the breakaway layup to knot the score at 41 with 5:17 to play in the third. Back-to-back buckets from Mack and Montana re-gained the four-point lead for BU, before Powell knocked down another clutch triple with 3:49 to play in the quarter. Powell and Montana would trade jumpers to see the lead exchange hands, followed up by buckets by Brown and then Saxton. A three-pointer by Brown with 2:16 left in the third put ESU up by two, before a split pair at the stripe from Montana left the teams separated by one with 1:44 left. The frame ended with Oeth knocking down a jumper that was countered by one from Brown. East Stroudsburg led 53-52 going to the final 10 minutes.

In a low-scoring yet very defensive fourth quarter, the Huskies won the frame 10-8 to secure the win. Mack began the frame with a jumper, before Montana got the Huskies lead to three with a jumper of her own. A jumper from Brown and a long ball from Powell got the Warriors back in the lead, before a three-point play got the lead to five at the media timeout with 4:16 to play. As the clock ticked down into the final four minutes, Mack knocked down her first triple of the game, before Molnar got the Huskies back in the lead with a huge three-pointer off an assist from Mack. Molnar's triple would be huge up until the end, as it was the final bucket of the game with 2:49 to play. 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.

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 Saxton 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.

The Huskies have the weekend off, before returning to conference action on Wednesday (Feb. 21). They will carry their season-high five game streak to Mansfield for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff. 

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