The Shippensburg Women’s basketball team won both of their final regular season games this week against Shepherd University and Lock Haven.
The Raiders beat Shepherd University on Wednesday night. Then, the Raiders went back home to host Lock Haven on senior day. The Raiders beat the Rams 76-54. On Saturday, the Raiders hosted the Bald Eagles for senior day and won 67-46.
In the first quarter, the Eagles outshot the Raiders, shooting 72.7% from the field, and were perfect from behind the arc, going four for four.
The Raiders responded with a 11-0 run in the second quarter and held Lock Haven to nine points and a 26.7 shooting percentage. At halftime, the Raiders held onto a one-point lead, 33-32.
In the second half, the Raiders had momentum on their side and went on a 15-4 run and held the Bald Eagles to only eight points.
In the fourth quarter, the Raiders went on a 7-0 run and closed out the Bald Eagles, 67-46.
The Raiders’ defense held the Bald Eagles to only 23 points combined in the second, third and fourth quarter.
Senior Ariel Jones led the Raiders with 25 points and broke her own school record for single season points. Previously scoring 690 points in her sophomore year, Jones’ 706 total points this season places her fourth all time in PSAC single season point,s and she is the fourth player to have 700 or more points in a single season. Jones also tied her career high rebounds with 13 and recorded her fourth double-double this season.
Sophomore Abbie Miller had 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Graduate Lauren Pettis was four of five from the field and added nine points, six rebounds and three assists.
Graduate Erin Gibbons had eight points and two rebounds.
The Raiders finished the regular season with a 13-1 record at home. This is the best home record inside Heiges Field House since the 2016-2017 season. Saturday was the Raiders’ first win on Senior Day since 2017.
The Raiders now hold the number two seed in the PSAC tournament. The Raiders will have a bye on Monday’s first round and will face the winner of No.3 Kutztown or No.6 Lock Haven in the PSAC Quarterfinals on Wednesday. Wednesday’s tip-off is set for 5:30.
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