Friday, February 2, 2018

Women's Basketball - Huskies Look to Ground Bald Eagles at Home on Saturday

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Nelson Field House | Bloomsburg, Pa.STORYLINE
The Huskies look to stay in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) tournament contention when they welcome Lock Haven to the Nelson Field House on Saturday (Feb. 3) for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The Huskies are currently in the sixth and final playoff spot in the eastern division, while Lock Haven is in ninth place in the division.

This will be the 50th all-time meeting between Bloomsburg and Lock Haven. BU holds a 30-19 lead in the series.

Lock Haven defeated Bloomsburg 66-57 at LHU's Thomas Fieldhouse back on Dec. 30. Lock Haven held a slim 16-15 lead after one quarter and a 28-27 lead at the half. The Bald Eagles would take control in the third quarter by out-scoring Bloomsburg 19-9 and taking a 47-36 lead. Lock Haven held its double-digit lead for most of the fourth, with the Huskies getting as close as seven thanks to two points from Leah Myers (York, Pa./Eastern York) and back-to-back scores from Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer). After Lock Haven re-gained its double-digit lead, Bloomsburg would get within as few as five thanks to a long ball from Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) a pair of free throws from Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) and a three-pointer from Corridoni, but Lock Haven was able to ice the game from the free throw line. The Huskies shot 34.4 percent from the floor, just 19.0 percent from long range and 52.9 percent from the charity stripe. Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) led the Huskies in scoring with 15 points, while Corridoni added 13. Myers also chipped in nine, while five other Huskies scored. The Huskies out-rebounded Lock Haven 44-41 in the contest. Montana also led the individual effort on the glass, pulling down a team-high eight. Mack and Myers each also dished out a team-high three assists in the loss.

The Huskies snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 68-60 win over PSAC East division Kutztown at home on Wednesday (Jan. 31). The two teams started off slow in the first quarter, with Kutztown holding a slim 14-13 lead after the opening 10 minutes. Bloomsburg's offense would explode in the second quarter, with the help of a 17-2 run that stretched over 6:21 of the quarter to leave the Huskies up 30-16. The final bucket of the half came on a layup by Rylee Derr with 21 seconds left, and Bloomsburg would take a 35-28 lead to the half. This marked the seventh time this season the Huskies led at the break. Kutztown would trim their deficit in the third quarter, out-scoring BU 15-10 in the frame. The Huskies would out-score the Golden Bears 23-17 in the final frame to secure the home win. BU led by single digits for all but seven seconds of the fourth quarter. Kutztown would get within two with 5:19 to play, but Bloomsburg would keep the Golden Bears at bay from there until the final horn. As a team, Bloomsburg shot 46.2 percent (24-52) from the field, 28.6 percent (2-7) from long range and a season-high 85.7 percent (18-21) from the free throw line. Bloomsburg scored 30 points in the paint, 13 off turnovers, 12 off second chances and two off the fast-break. Bloomsburg's bench out-scored their KU counterparts 47-20 in the victory. Three Huskies poured in double-figure points in the win, led by a game-high 21 from Mack. Her performance was aided by a career-high nine free throws on the night, while while she shot 5-10 from the field and made two of her three long balls. Montana completed the double-double effort with 16 points and 13 rebounds, going 6-10 from the field and 4-6 from the charity stripe. Her 13 rebounds tied a career-high, which she set back on Nov. 21, 2017 versus Holy Family. Five other Huskies scored in the win. BU won the battle on the boards 39-30, including a 28-20 margin on the defensive glass.

The Bald Eagles earned a 61-56 come-from-behind win at home against Mansfield on Wednesday night (Jan. 31). Trailing 12-9 after one quarter, Lock Haven out-scored the visitors 15-13 in the second to get within one at the half. The Mountaineers would win the third quarter 21-19, taking a 46-43 lead to the final 10 minutes. Lock Haven won the final frame 18-10 to secure the home win. Rileigh Devine led Lock Haven with 19 points, while Jalyn Shelton-Burleigh was the other scorer in double figures with 12 points.

As a team, BU shoots 40.0 percent from the field, 27.2 percent from beyond the arc and 61.8 percent at the free throw line. The Huskies score 58.0 points per game, while being tied for fifth in the PSAC in scoring defense giving up an average of 64.3 points per game. Montana is the team's scoring leader, dropping an average of 9.4 points per game. The Huskies pull down an average of 37.0 rebounds per game, while opponents grab 38.6 boards per game against them. Montana also leads the team in rebounding with an average of 6.3 boards per game. Two Huskies have at least 40 assists on the year, with Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York)'s 43 leading the team followed by Mack's 40. Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) is the team's leader in steals with 15, while five others have recorded double-digit steals on the season. Corridoni leads the team in blocks with 22, while Montana is second on the team with 16.

As a unit, the Bald Eagles shoot 35.8 percent from the floor, 30.9 percent from downtown and 63.1 percent from the charity stripe. Lock Haven scores 61.1 points per game, while giving up 75.9 points per game. Devine is the only player to average double-digit scoring with a mark of 11.7 points per game on the season. Lock Haven is the second-best rebounding team in the PSAC, hauling in 41.2 rebounds per game. Opponents collect 39.3 boards per game against the Bald Eagles. Maimuna Kenneh leads the individual rebounding effort with an average of 9.0 boards per game. Bink Redman leads the team in helpers with 51, while five others have dished out double-digit assists on the season. Redman is also the team's leader in steals with 19, while three others are in double-digits in the category. Kenneh leads the team in blocks with six.

The Huskies will travel to Cheyney to try and complete the season sweep on Wednesday (Feb. 7). Tip-off for that game is set for 5:30 p.m. 

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