This week the Shippensburg women’s basketball team faced off against three PSAC East opponents: East Stroudsburg, Shepherd and Lock Haven.
Raiders senior Destiny Jefferson led the team in points during the games against the Warriors and Rams. On Monday, Jefferson had 21 points in the win against the Warriors.
Monday night the Raiders got off to a hot start in the first quarter. They went on an eight point run with two layups from Lauren Pettis and Lauren Mills. After the initial Raider run the Warriors fought back. They cut the lead shrinking it down to two points with under four minutes left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Raiders were able to pull away from the Warriors, mostly scoring in the paint. They went into halftime with a 29-24 lead.
In the third quarter, SU extended their halftime lead. The Raiders finished the third quarter on a 6-0 run, taking the score to 41-30. In the final quarter, the Warriors tried to cut into the Raider lead, but the Raiders were able to pull past the Warriors and win the game 55-48.
On Wednesday, Shippensburg looked to continue their momentum against the Rams, but fell behind in in the first quarter. After freshman guard Taja Colbert scored the first points of the game, the Rams countered with a 17-2 run. Toward the end of the quarter the Raiders found their rhythm and went into the second quarter down 29-14.
In the second quarter the Raiders struggled. The team went on multiple runs in the but were not able to cut down the lead. The Raiders ended the second quarter trailing 42-31.
The third quarter was more of the same for the Raiders as they struggled to cut into the Ram lead. The Raiders ended the third quarter with an eleven point deficit.
In the fourth, the Raiders attempted to make a comeback and were able to cut down the lead to five after a three-pointer from Jefferson. After the three-pointer the Raiders were forced to foul and eventually fell to the Rams 81-75.
On Saturday afternoon the Raiders faced the Bald Eagles. The Raiders held a seven-point lead in the middle of the quarter. The Bald Eagles cut the lead down to 14-10 by the end.
In the second quarter the Bald Eagles were able to cut into the Raiders lead more as the Raider held a five point lead at halftime.
In the third quarter the Bald Eagles closed the gap and took the lead over the Raiders. Audrey Weigl hit a three pointer which gave the Bald Eagles a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Raiders were able to pull away from the Bald Eagles and win the game 59-52.
With this week’s wins the Raiders improve their record to 9-7.
Junior Aunbrielle Green led the Raiders in points during Saturday’s win over Lock Haven.
The Raiders return to the court on Wednesday as they host Bloomsburg at 6 p.m.