Shippensburg University’s women´s basketball team won all three games of the week in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchups against Millersville, Shepherd and Lock Haven. The team was led by senior Ariel Jones, who broke three records in the game against Millersville.
In the 90-74 win over Millersville on Monday, Jones broke the PSAC single-game scoring record with 51 points, the NCAA Division II career free-throws made record and the PSAC career points record.
Going into the game, Jones needed only four points to break the PSAC career points record. Six minutes into the first quarter, Jones made her second bucket with a three-point throw and surpassed the old record of 2,407, held by SU Hall-of-Famer Lauren Beckley.
Shippensburg trailed by two points going into the second half, but back-to-back threes by graduate Erin Gibbons and two fastbreaks converted into buckets gave the Raiders an eight-point lead, 46-38. Also in the third quarter, Jones broke the NCAA Division II career free-throws record. Jones went 14-of-14 from the line in the game, a new career high.
In the fourth quarter, Jones scored 22 points, just one point shy of Millersville´s total points in the fourth quarter (23).
Sophomore Abbie Miller joined Jones in the double-digits, scoring 13 points, and added five rebounds. Reigning PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Week, graduate Lauren Pettis, grabbed eight rebounds, scored eight points and added one block and one steal.
On Wednesday, the Raiders took down Shepherd 92-52 in Heiges Field House.
At halftime, Shippensburg was already up by 24 points and continued to extend the lead afterward.
Pettis led the team with 20 points, from which she made 15 in the first half. She also grabbed six rebounds.
Jones also had six rebounds and added 18 points. She made seven of her eight free throws that night.
Junior Treasure George achieved her third double-double of the season with 10 points and rebounds each, in addition to four assists and two steals.
Shippensburg´s bench also came in strong with 26 points scored by players off the bench.
The Raiders held Shepherd to a 31.1 shooting percentage in the game.
On Saturday, the Raiders travelled to Lock Haven and came back with a 73-59 win to stay atop the East in the PSAC rankings.
After a rough start into the game offensively, scoring only 1-of-13 in the first quarter, SU went on a 10-5 run late in the second quarter and was up by two at halftime, 28-26.
In the second half, Shippensburg used multiple runs to extend the lead. Going into the fourth quarter, the Raiders were up 58-41 and brought the game home from there.
Once again, Jones was the leading scorer with 27 points. She also got eight rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Pettis achieved her 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
George scored 16 points, and Miller contributed eight rebounds, three points, three assists and two steals.
Next week, the Raiders are traveling to take on East Stroudsburg on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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