The Shippensburg women’s basketball team took early advantage of a horrendous shooting effort by East Stroudsburg, and cruised to a victory Saturday afternoon at Heiges Field House.
SU took advantage of ESU’s offensive woes, taking a 31-6 lead into the locker room proving to be enough as SU rolled to a 63-44 victory.
For the Warriors it was a half to forget. The first half was the worst offensive performance by the team this season, shooting just seven percent from the field.
With the lack of scoring by ESU (6-10, 3-9), the Raiders (8-8, 5-7) dominated on both sides of the ball.
SU was able to pour on the offense late in the first half.
After leading, 12-6, with more than 12 minutes in the first half, SU went to its post game to put the Warriors away.
In fact, SU took control of the game, not letting the Warriors score for the rest of the first half.
Senior power forward Monae Baker recorded her sixth double-double this season with 10 defensive rebounds and 11 points.
Fellow senior forward Caitlin Bamberger came close to having a double-double herself with 9 rebounds and 11 points.
Guards Shawna Wert and Sarah Strybuc each put up double digits with Wert scoring 14 points, and Strybuc with 10.
SU continued its streak of shooting over 70 percent from the free throw line in every game this season by shooting 73 percent on Saturday.
The girls were 42 percent from the field and were 6 of 14 from three-point range with Dana Wert going 2 for 3 from beyond the arc. The Warriors struggle in the first half dampened their efforts in the second half.
After trailing 47-11 four minutes into the second half, the Warriors flipped the switch. They outscored SU 38-32.
The lone bright spot for the Warriors was guard Ryann Fiascki who had 14 points in 27 minutes of play. The Warriors finished the game shooting 25 percent from the field.
The win makes the Raiders 3-2 in their last five games.
With each game, SU is making strides to get itself out of fourth place in the PSAC East.
The playoff push has begun for SU as it looks to garner momentum in search for a playoff position in the PSAC tournament.