Women's basketball wins fourth straight season opener


SU freshman Alexia Servello looks for an open teammate during Monday’s game against the Rams.

The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team took the court for the first time this season and captured a 78–72 victory over Shepherd University.

The nail-biting game between the Raiders and regional rival Shepherd revealed two stars to watch out for as the season continues. Sophomore Stephanie Knauer and freshman Morgan Griffith made an impression as players to watch.

Knauer led all players with 27 points on 12-for-20 shooting, a career high for her. The sophomore also had 13 rebounds resulting in her 13th career double-double.

Griffith made her Raider debut leading all players with 16 rebounds, eight offensive and eight defensive. She also scored 11 points, had two assists, four steals and blocked two shots throughout the game.

Others making their Raider debuts on Monday include freshman Lauren Gold. Gold scored 10 points in 19 minutes of play and made 8-of-10 free throws.

Freshman Alexia Servello added nine points. Combined, all of the freshmen scored 34 points.

SU (1–0) out-rebounded Shepherd 70–50 and led by eight points at halftime.

The Raiders then trailed the Rams 70–69 with 2:45 left to play but Knauer knocked down a jumper that put SU ahead 71–70.

With 1:21 left in the game, SU out-scored Shepherd 6–0.

The Rams were led in scoring by Gabby Flinchum who also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Flinchum also totaled 17 blocks throughout the night. Rachel Johnson added 11 points off the bench.

SU will host Goldey-Beacom College at 6 p.m. on Friday inside Heiges Field House as part of the Wolf’s Bus Lines Classic.

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