Saturday, February 10, 2018

Women's Basketball - Huskies Win Fourth Straight Behind Molnar's Career Day

(Photo courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information)
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The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team won its fourth straight game on Saturday (Feb. 10), defeating Millersville 82-71 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action at the Nelson Field House.

This marks the first time since Feb. 1, 2017 that the Huskies scored 80 points - an 81-68 win over West Chester. This also marks the first time since the 2014-15 season that Bloomsburg won at least four games in a row - that team won seven straight contests dating from Nov. 19 to Dec. 17, 2014. That same team won 12 straight games later that season.

Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) totaled a career-high 21 points against the Marauders, while also totaling a career-high seven field goals and six three-pointers. In the third quarter, she scored three three-pointers in two minutes and six seconds. The Huskies totaled 20 points in the third quarter, and Molnar was responsible for almost half of them. Molnar also accomplished new career-highs in field goals made (7), blocks (2), and minutes (35). Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) set a new career-high in free throws made with five.

Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) began the scoring 49 seconds into the game with a layup in the paint. The two teams went back-and-forth in the opening frame, with the biggest run being four points that extended into the second quarter. Molnar hit her first three-pointer of the game at the 7:47 mark. Corridoni and Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) both led the way in the opening frame by each contributing six points. After Corridoni's first layup, she hit another at the 5:50 mark, and she hit a jumper with three seconds left in the quarter. Mack hit two jumpers and a layup.

The second quarter was the only one in which Millersville outscored Bloomsburg, a 14-13 edge for the Marauders. The Huskies held a nine-point lead almost two minutes in after Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) scored two layups about 30 seconds apart. Following a jumper by Lauren Lister of Millersville, the two teams went the next 3:07 scoreless, until Courtney Dimoff hit a free throw to cut the Huskies' lead to six points. Within the final 3:03 of the quarter, Molnar hit a jumper and her second three-pointer of the game to lift the Huskies to a 32-28 edge at halftime. Molnar and Mack both finished the opening 20 minutes with eight points each.

Bloomsburg's offense exploded in the second half, as the Huskies outscored the Marauders 50-43. Millersville's Kendra Bamberger got the first points of the half with a jumper, but Corridoni answered with a layup 12 seconds later. A Bamberger free throw with 6:39 remaining in the quarter gave the Huskies just a one-point edge over the Marauders, but Corridoni got it back up to three with a jumper, and then Molnar went crazy at the three-point line. Two of her three three-pointers of the quarter occurred just 23 second apart. Corridoni hit another layup to finish the quarter with six points.

The fourth quarter saw the biggest scoring differential, with Bloomsburg outscoring Millersville by a seven-point margin, 30-23. 16 of those 30 Bloomsburg points came on free throws. The Huskies' lead got into double figures with a Mack free throw with 5:40 left. The biggest lead Bloomsburg had in the game came with 2:44 remaining when Lauren Oeth (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) hit a jumper. Millersville fouls throughout the final minutes set the Huskies up at the free throw line, where Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) (three times), Mack (three times), Molnar, and Brandt (three times), all had opportunities to score off fouls. After Lister hit a layup with 26 seconds left to make the score 80-71 in Bloomsburg's favor, Brandt and Mack tacked on one point apiece at the free throw line to pencil in the team's fourth consecutive victory.

Along with Molnar's team-leading 21 points, Mack followed with 17 points. Corridoni (14 pts) and Saxton (10 pts) also reached double digits. Molnar, Brandt, Mack, and Montana all tied for the team-high in assists with three apiece. Montana led the way in the rebounds department with six, and Molnar recorded two steals. Molnar also recorded a new career-high two blocks on the night, while Brandt sunk a career-high five free throws.

As a team, Bloomsburg shot 29 of 53 (54.7%) from the field, 7 of 11 in three-point attempts (63.6%) and 17 of 20 (85%) from the free throw line. Millersville went 23 of 53 (43.4%) from the field, 2 of 8 (25%) from the three-point line, and 23 of 30 (76.7%) in free-throw attempts. Bloomsburg outscored Millersville off the bench 26-6, off turnovers 17-8, and points in the paint 32-30. 

The Huskies return to the Nelson Field House on Wednesday (Feb. 14) for a 5:30 pm dual against East Stroudsburg. The Warriors (15-6, 13-4 PSAC East) defeated Lock Haven 76-68 on Thursday, and travel to Cheyney on Monday night. For Bloomsburg, Wednesday will be the final home game of the 2017-18 season.

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