The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team saw all five starters score in double figures and shot a season-high 58 percent from the field Wednesday night as the squad soared past Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) rival East Stroudsburg University, 88–63.
Three Raiders recorded a double-double in the win and Shippensburg kept pace with West Chester for third place in the PSAC Eastern Division.
SU (11-12, 7-8) moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Warriors (8-13, 5-9), only a half-game ahead of Lock Haven University and a full game ahead of Millersville University, before the Marauders take on the Raiders tomorrow. The Top 6 from the PSAC East will qualify for the PSAC tournament at the end of the season.
Sophomore Ariel Jones posted a game-high 34 points on 56 percent shooting and going 15-for-20 at the foul line. She has hit double digit free throws in nine of her games this season, and it was also her ninth 30-point game of the season. Jones scored 21 of her 34 points in the second half, and it is the 19th time in 23 games this year that she has scored more than 20.
Sophomore Kryshell Gordy nabbed a game-high 16 rebounds, and also posted 10 points with a pair of assists and steals. It was Gordy’s fourth double-double this season and the eighth time she has grabbed double-digit rebounds.
Freshman Aunbrielle Green totaled her sixth career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. She also tallied two assists, two steals and a career high three blocks. It was the 14th time she posted double figures in scoring this season. Green took over in the second half, grabbing 16 of her points across the third and fourth quarters. She helped lead the charge in a dominant third period for the Raiders; SU outscored the Warriors, 31–15 to take a big lead into the final quarter.
Freshman Lauren Pettis fought through foul trouble to post her fifth double-double of the season, recording 13 points and pulling down 10 boards in 23 minutes on the floor. Fellow freshman Lauren Mills also recorded 10 points to go along with two assists and four rebounds.
After her 34-point outburst Wednesday night, Jones has now set a new single-season career high in points with 606 and moves into seventh place in school history. She is the third player to post two 600-point seasons in a career. Jones is also nine free throws shy of the Shippensburg single-season record (219 in 1995-1996) and 13 free throws shy of the PSAC single-season record currently held by Miki Glen (223 in 2014-2015).
SU lived in the paint all night, scoring 52 points from the key, opposed to ESU’s 24. The Raiders also won the rebound battle, 49–38, but the Warriors were surprisingly dominant on the offensive glass, claiming 23 boards to SU’s 12.
The Raiders will return to action tomorrow from Heiges Field House against Millersville in a key PSAC Eastern Division matchup. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.