Women’s basketball closes in on history
The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team shined on Saturday, burying Bloomsburg University, 82–56.
The Raiders kept their winning streak alive, earning their 13th win in a row in dominant fashion at Bloomsburg. The women got a surge of offense in the first two quarters against its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) rival, as the Huskies were simply unable to answer the bell.
Lauren Gold was a threat from the perimeter all night, leading SU with 17 points and five 3-pointers in the game. Logan Snyder and Colleen Young both added some significant primary scoring and six assists on the day.
SU’s Victoria Blackburn helped ignite the Raider offense. Her 10 first-half points were crucial to building a comfortable lead against a streaking Huskies team that won six of its last seven games. Only Gold had more first-half points than Blackburn, as the Raiders sailed into halftime with a 21-point lead.
SU’s offensive output was more than Bloomsburg could handle. The Raiders shot over 64 percent from the field, and scored 46 first-half points to put the team on track to top its highest scoring game this season. But the Huskies refused to give in.
The second half was much closer. Shippensburg focused on playing the right way and distributing the ball to its strengths. The big difference during the game was 3-point shooting, particularly in the second half.
With shooters like Gold and Young on the court, other teams must respect the Raiders’ perimeter game. SU shot better than 60 percent from the 3-point range throughout the game, while Bloomsburg made just one 3-pointer while it tried to mount a second-half comeback.
Bloomsburg’s push was not enough, and the PSAC East’s top-seeded squad, SU, improved to 18–5 overall, 13–4 PSAC.
The Raider’s 18-bench-points tripled Bloomsburg’s total, which has been imperative during SU’s 13-win stretch.
SU has a chance to tie head coach Kristy Trn’s longest win-streak of 14 games at Heiges Field House against Lock Haven University on Wednesday, February 8.