February 17, 2010

Bloomsburg University Women's Basketball Falls to Shippensburg


Box Score

BLOOMSBURG-The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team lost Shippensburg on Wednesday night by a score of 72-67 in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup. In the game Shippensburg's Lauren Beckley became the all-time leading scorer in PSAC history and now has 2,316 career points.

In the early going the two teams were tied on three occasions before the Huskies used a 20-6 run to grab control of the game, 30-16, with 6:33 to play in the first half. Alyssa Flanagan (Freeland/Hazleton Area) scored eight points and Kayla Oxenrider (Ashland/Tri-Valley) hit two three-pointers for the Huskies in the rally.

Shippensburg though got a rally of its own going and closed out the half with an 18-6 run to trim the deficit to just one point at the break, 36-35.

In the second half the Lady Raiders led by as many as 13 points, 59-46, before the Huskies made one last run at them. Back to back three-pointers from Oxenrider and Dana Wieller (Bethlehem/Liberty) helped cut the lead to 65-58 with 6:52 to play. Later two free throws from Wieller made it a three-point game at 65-62 with 4:09 to play.

After a layup from Beckley made it a 68-62 game with 3:17 to play, the Huskies got a layup from Jen Dervarics (Emmaus/Emmaus), then forced a turnover and converted it to points when Oxenrider scored inside making it a 68-66 game with 25 seconds to play. Beckley, however, went 4-4 from the foul line in the closing seconds to close out the five point win.

Beckley finished with a season-high 43 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Lady Raiders, now 13-14, 6-5 in the PSAC East. Beckley broke the PSAC scoring record held by Cheyney's Valerie Walker set from 1978-82. Kasey Gardner also scored in double figures for Shippensburg finishing with 15 points.

Bloomsburg, now 14-9, 6-5 in the PSAC East, got 17 points from Oxenrider and 13 from Kelsey Gallagher (East Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg South). Also hitting double figures were Flanagan with 12 and Jordan Pasik (Gilbertsville/St. Pius X) with 10.

The Huskies will host Millersville on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the team's annual Huskies for Hope/Pink Zone game. The first 150 fans to the game will receive free a Huskies for Hope t-shirt. There will also be chances to win baskets from area merchants with all proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.