Sunday, December 2, 2018

BU Women's Basketball Upsets #19 Edinboro, 70-62, Sunday Afternoon

Image Courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team had three players in double figures as the Huskies pulled off a 70-62 upset victory over visiting Edinboro University at the Nelson Field House on Sunday afternoon. It marked the third consecutive victory for the Huskies - second in as many days - as they improved to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division. The Fighting Scots dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the PSAC Western Division.

Junior Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) led the Huskies with her second double-double of the season as she poured in 16 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds in the victory. Senior Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) added 15 points, three assists, and four rebounds while connecting on four of her six attempts from beyond the arc. Sophomore Megan Brandt (Lebanon, Pa./Northern Lebanon) chipped in a season-high 14 points off the bench - one point shy of her career high.

Bloomsburg started hot against the defending PSAC champions as it jumped out to a 14-5 lead which was aided by a 10-1 run after the teams split the first eight points of the game. Montana had a pair of foul shots and then back-to-back triples by Mack and junior Bella Ricci (Etters, Pa./Red Land) put the Huskies ahead 12-4. After a free throw by Edinboro's Jontay Walton, Brandt nailed a jumper - after a pair of offensive rebounds from redshirt sophomore Lauren Oeth (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy) - to give the Huskies the 14-5 edge. Edinboro cut into the lead and trimmed it to three, 20-17, with 1:13 left in the quarter before the Huskies scored the final three points of the period to take a 23-17 lead after one.

Despite Edinboro's Ciara Rosten on the bench with two fouls, the Fighting Scots managed to fight back to tie the game at 24-24 early in the second quarter before a Mack triple put the Huskies ahead for good with 7:30 left in the opening half. The teams exchanged baskets the rest of the half and the Huskies took a 33-29 advantage to the locker room at intermission. Rosten, who came in averaging a double-double for the Fighting Scots, played only three minutes in the first half and had no points and no rebounds. Montana, meanwhile, took advantage with five points and 11 rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Mack led the Huskies with 10 first-half points.

Bloomsburg pulled away in the third quarter as it outscored Edinboro, 21-12, in the period to extend the advantage to 54-41 through three quarters as Montana picked up her double-double with six points in the period. The Huskies built the lead to as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter before Edinboro trimmed the lead to seven, 66-59, with 1:08 left in regulation. But, a Montana layup and a pair of foul shots from Ricci in the closing seconds sealed the victory.

The Huskies shot 23-of-47 (48.9%) from the field and made a whopping 7-of-10 (70.0%) from three-point range. The Huskies, however, let the Fighting Scots back in the game by going just 17-of-32 (53.1%) from the charity stripe which included a 6-of-16 (37.5%) performance in the second half. The Fighting Scots, meanwhile, struggled to hit shots as they went 19-of-61 (31.1%) from the floor and 5-of-20 (25.0%) from long range. Edinboro out-rebounded Bloomsburg, 43-34, which included an 18-4 edge in offensive rebounds. The Huskies' depth, however, proved to be too much as Bloomsburg's bench outscored Edinboro's, 31-5, which proved costly for the visitors as they dealt with foul trouble for much of the game.

Walton led Edinboro's scoring efforts with 20 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Michaela Barnes added 16 points while Michelle Jahn chipped in with 10 but was just 3-of-14 shooting. Rosten played only 13 minutes and finished with six points and four rebounds.

The Huskies get back to action on Saturday, December 8, when they travel to Erie for another PSAC matchup against the Lakers of Mercyhurst University. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. from the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.

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