Senior Monae Baker is contributing to her team at a high level recently, leading a group of four players in double figures on Saturday afternoon as the Shippensburg University women’s basketball team defeated Mansfield University 73-60 at Heiges Field House.
Coming off a career night on Wednesday, Baker continued her dominance in the paint by scoring 18 points and securing seven boards. She is now just 23 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
Baker was the one who got the ball rolling after a sluggish start by SU. After falling into a 10-0 hole early in the first half, Baker and company went on a 13-5 run to make things even.
With a consistent performance throughout the half, SU was able to head into the locker room with a two-point lead. Once the second half started, SU exploded out of the gate. A barrage of jump shots allowed SU to open up a 10-3 run and put things out of reach.
It would be the last time they felt any pressure from the Mounties. Throughout the rest of the half, the lead never got any less than 10.
The Raiders were also led by a strong free throw shooting effort by junior Shawna Wert who went 9-9 from the stripe. In all, SU went 23-26 from the line, its best effort of the season.
With the victory SU remains two games ahead of East Stroudsburg in the playoff race. The Raiders are currently in the fourth and final spot in the PSAC playoff standings.
SU will travel to Bloomsburg Wednesday in what could be a potential one seed vs. four seed matchup. The winner will get the confidence boost it needs heading into the PSAC playoffs.