Raiders spear Devils, 72–63
The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team bounced back from last week’s loss this Sunday, overcoming the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia by a score of 72–63.
The Raider’s balanced scoring put them over the top against an undefeated U. of the Sciences team that held a 6–0 record entering Sunday’s matchup. The Devils had not surrendered more than 57 points before the end of regulation this season, but SU’s tremendous shooting effort contributed to another impressive win.
Logan Snyder led the Raiders in shot attempts and had a team-high 19 points against the Devils. Her strong night at the free-throw line helped SU put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
Shippensburg hit the road for the first time this season and came out flying to start the game. The first frame was all Shippensburg, as the team shot over 70 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range, and went flawless from the free-throw line, shooting six for six. Each starting player factored in the first quarter, and senior Colleen Young led SU with five points.
The second quarter was nearly even, as SU only held a slight advantage in points, 14–13. Lauren Gold had a strong quarter for the Raiders, draining a pair of threes to keep the momentum for SU.
Each quarter seemed to have a different player step up and contribute for the Raiders. In the third, senior Stephanie Knauer came up big, registering another six points and two rebounds.
The Devils had a strong start to the second half of the game, putting up 18 points on SU. U. of the Sciences also took advantage of the Raiders’ struggles shooting from the field, as the Raiders shot just above 38 percent in the third quarter.
The final frame was a shootout, with the Raiders out-gunning the Devils to sail to another victory. Lauren Gold and Logan Snyder both scored six points and combined to go 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Colleen Young and Stephanie Knauer both put up five points and added three rebounds to preserve an SU victory.
It was important to get some confidence back after dropping its first game of the season last week against Edinboro. For now, SU will look to keep stacking up wins as the team pushes for a top seed in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
The Raiders road win now puts the team’s record at 4–1 to kick off the season. SU returns home to face off against the University of the District of Columbia Wednesday, before it hits a lengthy road trip against multiple PSAC opponents.