Sailing away to victory
Sarah Strybuc scored 22 points while Stephanie Knauer recorded her eighth double-double of the season as the Shippensburg University women’s basketball team romped the Mansfield University Mountaineers 87-63 at Heiges Field House on Saturday afternoon.
Strybuc, the team’s leading scorer, notched another impressive performance from beyond the arc as she concluded the day with five 3-pointers. The junior was the catalyst behind the Raiders’ 51-point second half — a second half where the Raiders shot just under 50 percent from the field.
That blistering shooting percentage gave the Raiders the juice to pull away late in the game.
After a Jena Matter layup inched the Mountaineers to within four early in the first half, the Raiders went on a 7–0 run to expand their lead to double-digits. The lead remained at 12 points throughout much of the second half until 3-pointers by Styrbuc and Alex Gildea pushed the lead to 20 with less than eight minutes remaining.
The Mountaineers made a considerable comeback throughout the game. After an abysmal start where MU fell behind 19–4, the Mountaineers went on a tear, cutting the lead to 10 with four minutes left in the half.
Knauer’s performance has given her a double-double in eight of the team’s 16 games. The freshman finished the day with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Dana Wert finished with a team-high seven assists while Caitlyn Deeter added 10 points for the Raiders.
Raediah Lyles fights to get past defenders late in the first half of Saturday’s game.
Caitlyn Deeter fights for a loose ball in the first half of Saturday’s game.
Matter finished the game with a team-high 10 points for the Mountaineers.
The Raiders improved to 10-6 (6-6 in PSAC) and host West Chester University at Heiges Field House at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.