Sophomore forward Stephanie Knauer was just one rebound away from recording her third triple double in her fourth game this season as the Shippensburg University women’s basketball team downed the Lock Haven University Bald Eagles 87-75 inside Heiges Field House on Wednesday night.
Knauer finished the night with pretty impressive statistics. The six-foot-forward notched 21 points and nine rebounds in the Raiders’ first PSAC victory of the 2013 year.
Knauer started the game strong for the Raiders and finished the same way, recording 12 of her 21 points in the first half while only playing 17 minutes. Six of her nine rebounds came in the first half as well.
Freshman Lauren Gold was equally as dominate against the Bald Eagles.
Gold recorded 19 points, five rebounds, six assists and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line.
Senior Sarah Strybuc also contributed big numbers for the Raiders. Strybuc toted 18 points, 14 of which came in the second half.
Morgan Griffith did her part on the defensive side of the ball recording nine rebounds in just 20 minutes of play.
The Raiders trailed by seven points at half-time but battled back to retake the lead half-way through the second half and never looked back.
SU controlled the momentum for the latter portion of the second half, allowing it to run down the clock and limit the Bald Eagles chance of making a comeback.
As a team, the Raiders took advantage of the Bald Eagles’ mistakes.
SU shot 75 percent from the charity stripe, making 33 of its 44 attempts.
The Raiders also outmatched LHU in points-off-turnovers. The Raiders tallied 20 points off turnovers while the Bald Eagles managed just nine.
The Raiders struggled from the field, making 25 of their 67 shots recorded.