Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Women's Basketball Wins Third Straight, Sweeps Cheyney on the Road Wednesday

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CHEYNEY, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team defeated Cheyney 60-53 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action on Wednesday (Feb. 7) to complete the season sweep and extend their current winning streak to three games.

This is the first three-game winning streak for Bloomsburg since Jan. 25-Feb. 1 last season when they won at Lock Haven (62-54), at Cheyney (62-48) and at home against West Chester (81-68).

The first quarter was a tale of two different frames, with Cheyney jumping out to a 6-0 lead and the quarter ending tied at 13. Yasmine Dorrielan started the scoring with a layup 1:54 in, before scoring another layup a little over a minute later. A Bloomsburg turnover would lead to a breakaway layup by Gianni Hill with 6:21 to play in the quarter, forcing a Bloomsburg timeout with the Huskies trailing 6-0. The timeout helped the Huskies re-group, as Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) got the Huskies on the board with a layup on the next possession off an assist from Bella Ricci (Etters, Pa./Red Land). With five and a half minutes left in the quarter, Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) came up empty on a three-point attempt, but the offensive board was pulled down by Meghan Corridoni (Exeter, Pa./Holy Redeemer). Corridoni re-started the offense, and it was Ricci finding Alyssa Mack(Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) open at the top of the key. Mack pulled up and drilled the triple to get the Huskies within one with a little over five minutes to play in the opening quarter. Bloomsburg found themselves back down by three when TaKayla Ellis made two free throws, before a three-pointer from Ellis got the Lady Wolves up 11-5 with 3:56 to play in the quarter. Mack countered with another triple off a helper from Corridoni, before the clock ticked down inside two minutes. A jumper from Montana with 1:31 left got the Huskies within 11-10, before an old-fashioned three-point play from Lauren Oeth (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) got the Huskies their first lead of the quarter with 23 seconds left. Ellis knocked down a jumper with 16 seconds left to leave the teams tied at 13.

The teams would play a second quarter equal to the first, with BU winning the frame 15-13 and taking a 28-26 lead to the half. Another bucket from Oeth got the frame started, before a layup from Mack got BU up 17-13 just 30 seconds in. Briana Hedgepeth traded a three-pointer with a jumper from Oeth, before another Hedgepeth bucket got the Lady Wolves back within one. Oeth and Hedgepeth would trade buckets again, before Hill scored to put Cheyney back up 22-21 with over five minutes to play in the half. A bucket from Dorrielan got the Lady Wolves up by three, before a jumper from Hill put Cheyney up 26-21 with three and a half minutes to play in the frame. With 2:27 to play in the half, Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) made two free throws to get BU back within three, before Ricci knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game with two minutes to play. The final bucket of the half came with 16 seconds left on a layup from Montana to send the teams to the locker room.

BU led 45-41 after three quarters, out-scoring Cheyney 17-15 in the frame. Saxton and Khadijah Pearson traded buckets to open the frame, followed by an exchange of scores from Corridoni and Dorrielan. BU would go on a 6-0 run over the next 3:20, and stretch their lead to as many as eight. Corridoni knocked down another jumper three minutes in, before Saxton increased the Huskies lead to six with a layup. Mack's jumper with 5:22 left got the Huskies up by eight, before an and-one from Pearson got the Lady Wolves back within five with under five minutes to play in the third. After a handful of empty possessions by both teams, Montana went to the free throw line and sunk a clean pair with 3:36 left in the quarter to get BU's lead back up to seven. Another jumper from Mack got BU up by a frame-high nine with under three minutes to play, before Hill trimmed the lead back to seven with under two minutes left in the quarter. Dorrielan split a pair at the free throw line with 1:10 left to leave the separation at six, before the clock would tick down inside the final 30 seconds. Hedgepeth sunk two at the free throw line, before Mack completed a three-point play with a layup and a good free throw inside the final 10 seconds. On the final possession of the third, Pearson heaved up a long range ball that fell to leave BU up by only four headed to the final 10 minutes.

Bloomsburg out-scored Cheyney 15-12 in the final frame on the way to the win. Dorrielan and Mack traded buckets to start the quarter, before Mack and Hedgepeth exchanged scores. Back-to-back jumpers by Corridoni stretched the Huskies lead to eight, before one good free throw from Payton Spadaccino (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock South) put BU up 54-45 just past the halfway point of the fourth. Dorrielan and Mack exchanged scores once again, before two good free throws from Corridoni elevated the BU lead to 11 with 2:48 to play. A bucket from Dorrielan got the game back to single-digits, before another single free throw from Spadaccino got the lead back up to 10. As the clock ticked down inside the final minute, a layup from Hill got the Lady Wolves back within eight, before Mack made one of two free throws to put BU up 60-51. The final two points of the game came on a layup from Ellis with 36 seconds left.

As a team, Bloomsburg shot 46.9 percent (23-49) from the floor, 50.0 percent (3-6) from beyond the arc and 61.1 percent (11-18) from the free throw line in the win. Mack's 22 points were a game-high, and just two shy of the career-high 24 that she set in the first meeting of this series back on Jan. 6 at the Nelson Field House. Mack's nine field goals tied the career-high that she set against Cheyney in the first meeting this season. Corridoni scored 10 points in the win, while Oeth finished with nine. Bloomsburg scored eight points off turnovers, 14 points off second chances, 28 points in the paint and got 42 points off the bench compared to Cheyney's 11. Bloomsburg pulled down 35 rebounds in the win, with Mack grabbing a team-high eight. Her eight boards set a new career-high. Molnar logged a new career-high 32 minutes, while Ricci knocked down the first three-pointer of her BU career.

The win moves Bloomsburg to 9-15 and 6-12 in the PSAC, while Cheyney drops to 5-17 and 3-13 in league play.

The Huskies return home to the Nelson Field House on Saturday (Feb. 10) to put their streak on the line against visiting Millersville. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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