Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Huskies Win Streaks Collide when Huskies Host East Stroudsburg on Wednesday Night

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

Bloomsburg (10-15, 7-12 PSAC) vs. East Stroudsburg (16-6, 14-4 PSAC)
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Nelson Field House | Bloomsburg, Pa.

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The Huskies look to extend their season-high winning streak to five games, and further cement themselves in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament picture. Bloomsburg is in fifth place in the PSAC East standings, while East Stroudsburg is in second place and has already clinched its spot in the PSAC tournament.

This will be the 80th all-time meeting between Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg. Bloomsburg leads the series 51-28.

East Stroudsburg downed Bloomsburg 63-59 back on Jan. 13 at East Stroudsburg in the first meeting of this season's series. The two teams played a low-scoring, back-and-forth first quarter with East Stroudsburg leading 13-11. An equally competitive second quarter had BU going to the locker room with the lead before a buzzer-beater three-pointer from Abby Schoffstall sent the Warriors to the break up 30-28. The teams tied in the third quarter 19-19 in a fast-paced 10 minutes. East Stroudsburg would win the fourth quarter 14-12 to secure the win at home. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 40.4 percent (19-47) from the floor, 42.9 percent (3-7) from long range and 64.3 percent (18-28) from the charity stripe. Three Huskies scored in double-figures in the win, led by 17 points from Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York)Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) added 13 in the loss, while Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) chipped in 11. Four other Huskies scored in the win. The Huskies pulled down 38 total rebounds in the contest, with Montana pulling down a team-high nine. Amanda Arellano (Mt. Carmel, Pa./Mt. Carmel) tied career-highs in points with four, and also set new marks in three-pointers (one), assists (one) and steals (one).

The Huskies won their fourth straight game back on Saturday (Feb. 10) with an 82-71 win over Millersville. Bloomsburg held a 19-14 edge after one quarter, before Millersville would win the second quarter 14-13 to leave BU up 32-28 at the half. Both teams scored 20 points apiece in the third quarter to keep Bloomsburg's lead at four, before the Huskies own the fourth quarter 30-23 to secure the double-digit home win. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 54.7 percent (29-53) from the floor, 63.6 percent (7-11) from long range and 85.0 percent (17-20) from the charity stripe. Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) shined with a career day, scoring 21 points in 35 minutes. She totaled a 7-13 day shooting, including making a career-high six three-pointers. She also pulled down three rebounds, dished out three assists, blocked two shots and registered a career-high three steals. Mack also scored 17 points, while Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) added 14 and Saxton contributed 10. The two teams pulled down 29 rebounds apiece, with Bloomsburg holding the 24-21 edge on the defensive glass. Montana collected a team-high six rebounds for the Huskies, while Mack also pulled in five. Molnar, Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) and Mack each had three assists in the win, while Molnar's career-high two blocks were also a team-high. Molnar's three steals were also a team best.

East Stroudsburg won their season-high fifth straight game when they took down Cheyney 58-47 on Monday night (Feb. 12) in a weather-related makeup game. East Stroudsburg fell behind 22-10 after one quarter, before clamping down defensively for the remaining three quarters. ESU won the second quarter 14-7 to go into the half training 29-24, before taking the lead by winning the third quarter 18-8. The Warriors won the final frame 16-10 to hold on for the PSAC East road win. Imani Brown was the only scorer in double figures for the Warriors with 10 points.

As a team, Bloomsburg shoots 40.7 percent from the field, 28.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.4 percent from the free throw line. The Huskies score 59.4 points per game, while being fifth in the league in scoring defense giving up an average of 63.7 points per game. Mack, recently named the PSAC East Co-Athlete of the Week, is the team's scoring leader with an average of 9.6 points per game. Montana (9.4) is the only other player to average above nine points per game. As a team, Bloomsburg collects 37.0 rebounds per game, while being seventh in the league in rebounding defense allowing opponents an average of 37.9 boards per game. Montana is the team's leading rebounder, with an average of 6.4 rebounds per game. Saxton and Mack are tied for the team's lead in assists with 49, while eight others have dished out at least 10 helpers on the season. Saxton and Brandt share the team lead in steals with 16, with five others in double-digits in the category. Corridoni leads the blocking effort on the year with 24, while Montana is second on the team with 18. Saxton is the team's minutes leader with an average of 24.4 per game, while Montana (21.8), Corridoni and Mack (20.7 each) are the only others to log at least 20 minutes per game.

As a team, the Warriors shoot 40.3 percent from the floor, 32.4 percent from downtown and 71.1 from the charity stripe. ESU is the fifth-best scoring team in the conference with an average of 71.4 points per game, while having the seventh-best scoring defense in the league giving up an average of 66.2 points per game. Brown leads the team and is fourth in the league pouring in an average of 18.5 points per game, while Tiffany Lapotsky is the other player to average double-figure scoring with a mark of 11.2 points per game. East Stroudsburg pulls down 37.2 rebounds per game as a team, while opponents grab 41.6 rebounds per game against them. Brown is also the team's individual leading rebounder with an average of 6.9 boards per game. Jordan Hertz's 97 assists lead the team and are second individually in the conference, with seven others recording at least 10 on the year. Hertz's 58 steals lead the team, while Brown is second on the team with 55. Five other players have registered double-digit steals on the season. Hertz also has a team-high 22 blocks, while two others have double-digit rejections on the season. Brown is the only player to average at least 30 minutes a game with a mark of 32.6 per game.

The Huskies resume play next Wednesday (Feb. 21) with a trip to Mansfield. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

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