Saturday, February 24, 2018

Women's Basketball - Huskies Win Seventh Straight with 66-58 Comeback at Shippensburg

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SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team won its seventh straight game on Saturday (Feb. 24), coming from behind to defeat Shippensburg 66-58 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action.

The Raiders led 19-11 after one quarter, keeping Bloomsburg to single-digits until the final minute of the frame. An Ariel Jones layup opened the scoring, before Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) scored the first bucket for Bloomsburg with a jumper. Kristin McGeough and Payton Spadaccino (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock South) traded buckets, before one good free throw from Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) was countered by a score from Kryshell Gordy. Kasey Engle extended Shippenburg's lead to 8-5 with a score before the halfway mark of the period, before two good free throws from McGeough stretched the Raider lead to 10-5 with 5:20 to play in the frame. Coming out of the media timeout, a good pair from the charity stripe by Jones put Shippensburg up 12-5, before the clock ticked down inside four minutes. McGeough and Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) traded buckets with just over three minutes to play in the quarter, as the clock would tick down inside two minutes. A jumper from Mack was countered by a three-pointer from Lili Benzel, before Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) and Gordy traded buckets to end the first quarter.

The Huskies clamped down defensively in the second to win the frame 13-8, but still trailed 27-24 at the half. Layups by Gordy and McGeough started the frame for Shippensburg, before a three-pointer from Mack and a bucket from Oeth cut the deficit back to seven two and a half minutes into the quarter. The teams went cold from that point until under the five-minute mark, when Saxton scored a layup to get the Huskies within 23-18. Victoria Blackburn countered the bucket with two free throws on the next trip down the floor, before Spadaccino split a pair at the line to leave the teams separated by six with 3:42 to play in the half. The clock ticked down inside two and a half minutes before a McGeough layup was countered by another long ball from Mack to leave Shippensburg up 27-22 with 1:58 to play in the half. The final scoring of the first half came from Mack with two good free throws with 50 seconds left.

The Huskies won a high-scoring third quarter 17-15 that began with an old-fashioned three-point play from Jones, before Montana scored a bucket to get BU back within four. Just over four minutes in, Mack and Blackburn traded layups to leave Shippensburg up 32-28. Shippensburg's lead was extended to seven on a three-pointer from Blackburn with 5:20 left in the frame, and the Raiders took a 35-28 lead to the media timeout with 4:44 left in the third. Out of the break, two layups from Saxton with a pair of Jones free throws in between left the teams separated by five with 4:14 to play in the quarter. As the clock ticked down under four minutes, Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer) scored a bucket that was followed up by a score from Bella Ricci (Etters, Pa./Red Land) that got Bloomsburg within one 37-36 with 3:04 to play in the frame. Another and-one play from Jones got Shippensburg's lead back up to four, before a long ball from Molnar got BU back within one with 1:57 to play in the third. Inside the final minute, the Huskies were able to take a brief 41-40 lead on two good free throws from Corridoni before Engle made two free throws to end the quarter with the Raiders leading 42-41.

Bloomsburg was able to out-score Shippensburg 25-16 to secure the road win and move their win streak to seven games. The frame began with a bucket from Montana, before two good free throws from Jones swung Shippensburg back up by one. Montana scored another layup on the next trip down the floor that was countered by two good free throws from Engle. Gordy scored a layup to put Shippensburg up by three two and a half minutes into the final frame, before a layup from Lauren Oeth (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) got Bloomsburg back within one 48-47. McGeough scored a bucket that got Shippensburg back up by three, before a jumper from Mack got the game back within one. Oeth scored another bucket with 5:15 left in the game, before a jumper from Jones switched the lead back over to the home team. A three-pointer from Mack with 4:41 left in the game put Bloomsburg back up by one headed to the media timeout. The long ball from Mack would ultimately put Bloomsburg ahead for good. With just under four minutes left in the game, Mack hit two free throws that were followed by a layup from Jones to leave BU up by two. With 3:25 left on the clock, Montana made one of two free throws to make it a three-point game. Mack would score another layup with 2:31 that put Bloomsburg up 59-54 before the visitors called timeout. The clock would tick down inside the final minute before a layup from Montana put Bloomsburg up 61-54 with 52 seconds left. Engle made one of two free throws with 32 seconds left, before Bloomsburg was able to ice the game from the free throw line.

As a team, BU shot 47.1 percent (24-51) from the floor, 36.4 percent (4-11) from long range and 63.6 percent (14-22) from the foul line. Both teams scored 32 points each in the paint, while Shippensburg out-scored Bloomsburg 14-8 off turnovers. Bloomsburg won the battle for second chance points 8-2, while the Huskies bench also out-scored their counterparts 45-3. Mack's 23 points were a game-high, just one shy of her career-high 24 that she scored back on Jan. 6 at Cheyney. Mack was 8-11 shooting from the field, including a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc and a 4-4 effort at the free throw line. Montana was the only other Husky to score in double-figures with 11 points. Montana shot a perfect 5-5 on the day from the floor and also made one free throw. BU won the battle on the boards 39-29, which included a 28-21 edge on the defensive end and an 11-8 edge on the offensive glass. Corridoni pulled down a game-high eight boards, while Montana and Oeth each grabbed seven. Spadaccino led the Huskies dishing out three assists, while Montana registered three rejections and Oeth and Mack each recorded one steal. Ricci tied her career-high for minutes played with 19, while setting a new career mark by making three free throws. She also tied a career-mark in assists with two, while recording her first career block. Saxton registered one block for the fourth time this season, while Montana blocked three shots in a game for the fifth time this season.

The win posts the Huskies at 13-15 and 10-12 in the PSAC for the season, while Shippensburg falls to 7-21 overall and 6-16 in conference play.
Bloomsburg moves on to the first round of the PSAC tournament to be played on Monday (Feb. 26) with an opponent, site and time to be determined.

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