After starting the season 2-0 last weekend, the Shippensburg women’s basketball team dropped two contests this week against Jefferson University and Holy Family University.
On Wednesday, the Raiders hosted the Rams at Heiges Field House. The first quarter was competitive as both teams traded the lead back and forth.
Midway through the first quarter, Sam Yench stole the ball from the Raiders and passed to Cassie Murphy who made the layup to extend the Rams lead 10-6. From there the Rams went on an 8-4 run to end the first quarter leading 18-13.
In the second quarter, the Rams continued to expand their lead by as many as 12 points. The Raiders were able to cut into the lead and brought it down to eight points at the half. Jefferson led at halftime 31-23.
In the third quarter the Rams pulled away from the Raiders going on multiple runs. The Rams held double-digit leads multiple times throughout the quarter. The Raiders went into the final quarter down 55-44.
The fourth quarter was more of the same for the Raiders as the Rams lead got up to 15 points in the middle of the quarter. The Raiders would try to close the deficit, but it would be too much as the Rams won the game, 76-65.
Senior Guard Destiny Jefferson led the Raiders in scoring with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Lauren Pettis was behind her with 10 points. For the Rams, Cassie Murphy led the team with 25 points and seven rebounds.
On Sunday the Raiders traveled to Holy Family University to take on the Lightning. The Raiders started the game off strong with an eight-point run by Mill and Pettis. The Lightning responded with an eight to five run. After the runs, both teams went back and forth and traded the lead multiple times for the remainder of the quarter. The Raiders trailed at the end of the first quarter by three points.
In the second quarter, the Raiders grabbed the lead and started the quarter with a five-point run. The Raiders went into the second half with a one-point lead, 31-30.
The third quarter was back and forth as neither team was able to hang on to more than a two-point lead in the quarter. A three pointer from freshman guard Taja Colber gave the Raiders the edge going into the final quarter of the game 51-48.
The Raiders were not able to hang on to their lead they fell to the Lightning 71-64. The Raiders fall to a 2-2 record on the year with the losses.