One up, one down
The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team got its season started on the right foot as it routed visiting Washington Adventist University 85-50 on Sunday afternoon at Heiges Field House.
The Raiders, opening their season without injured guard Sarah Strybuc turned to their post game early. SU dominated the post throughout the game as Stephanie Knauer and Caitlin Bamberger both scored in double digits and wreaked havoc on the boards.
SU’s backcourt also performed well in its first game. Jen Kalinowski had a terrific game, dishing out a team-high eight assists while scoring six. Dana and Shawna Wert created chaos on defense as both had two steals in the contest.
The Raiders raced out to an early lead and took advantage of WAU’s horrific 25.9 shooting percentage in the first half to build a 25-point lead. SU built that lead to a game-high 39 in the second half.
The Raiders had 11 of their 13 players score points in the contest. Lauren Barnett led the team off the bench with nine points and three offensive rebounds.
With the loss, WAU keeps its losing streak alive on the road. The Shock have lost 15 straight on the road, extending the streak from last year. They will have a chance to end that streak when they travel to Kutztown University on Nov. 20.
The Raiders host Davis and Elkins College on Friday at Heiges Field House at 6 p.m. DEC was picked to finish seventh in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this year.