The SU Women’s Basketball team opened the season by hosting the Wolf’s Bus Lines Classic this weekend, dropping their opener to Johnson C. Smith by a score of 73-67.
The Red Raiders fell behind 37-26 in the first half, and were unable to recover, despite scoring outputs of 20 by forward Stephanie Knauer, and 9 points and 9 rebounds from sophomore Morgan Griffith. Johnson C. Smith outrebounded the Red Raiders by 43-39 margin and shot an astounding 47.5 percent from the floor. On the other hand, Shippensburg was only able to shoot 32 percent from the field.
Fortunately for the team, they were able to rebound the next night, claiming the season’s first win against Bowie State, by a 79-55 margin.
Griffith was able to score a career-high 25 points in the Wolfs Bus Lines Classic Finale. Sophomore guard Lauren Gold was able to add 13 points and 5 assists, and helped the Red Raiders control the game from the start. A strong defensive effort helped the team hold Bowie State to shooting 30 percent from the floor, without allowing any three point shots. On the other hand, the Red Raiders were able to shoot a solid 40 percent from the floor, helping them dominate the game in all facets.
The team will continue their season on Saturday Nov. 22, when they travel to face Bloomsburg at 1 p.m. in their first PSAC game of the year.