Raiders sail by Wolves
Shawna and Dana Wert proved to be unstoppable while freshman sensation Stephanie Knauer tallied 15 points as the Raiders surpassed the Cheyney University Wolves 80–62 on Saturday afternoon at Heiges Field House.
Behind Dana and Shawna Wert, the Raiders dominated a struggling CU basketball team.
Shawna Wert recorded 16 points, four rebounds and went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.
Her twin, Dana Wert, had an equally dominating night, scoring 14 points and picking up five rebounds.
The game began with a bang when Dana Wert knocked down the first 3-pointer of the game. Cheyney countered, taking a 6–5 lead early in the first half.
However, SU never panicked and answered with an 8–0 run with half of those points coming from the Wert duo.
SU never looked back from there, as it kept the pressure on CU throughout the first half. The Raiders took advantage of CU’s sloppy play and miscommunications, allowing them to obtain a 26-point lead late in the first half.
Having a big advantage throughout the game, SU head coach Kristy Trn gave her reserves Samantha
Damiano, Kasey Long and Shaniece Jackson more playing time in the first half.
Freshman guard Caitlyn Deeter was able to knock down two foul shot attempts to put the Raiders up 45-19 and SU withstood a 5–1 run to take a 46-24 lead into the break.
Kasey Long races down the court during the second half against Cheyney.
Sarah Strybuc drives into the lane during the second half of Saturday’s contest.
After the break, SU continued its dominance over the Wolves. Sarah Strybuc hit a 3-pointer putting the Raiders ahead by 26. Strybuc finished the game with 12 points.
Shawna Wert followed up Strybuc’s bucket by knocking down two free throws, increasing the Raiders’ lead to 28 — their largest of the contest.
The Raiders turned on cruise control for the rest of the game and never let the Wolves get within 15 the rest of the game.
The Raiders (19–7, 15–6) currently hold the third spot in the PSAC East and will travel to No. 1 Millersville University on Wednesday.