Sailing away to victory


Sarah Strybuc goes in for a lay-up in the first half of Saturday’s game.

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.

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Raediah Lyles fights to get past defenders late in the first half of Saturday’s game.

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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.

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