SU women's basketball: A win and a loss for Raiders

A win and a loss marked Shippensburg University’s last two December games for its women’s basketball team this weekend. The Raiders defeated Pitt-Johnstown Saturday, then lost to IUP on Sunday. Both were road games.

The team held Pitt-Johnstown to 14% shooting in the fourth quarter to defeat the host Mountain Cats 69-61 in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) mandated crossover at Sports Center.

The Sunday match saw the team drop a 79-46 decision at No. 8 IUP in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup at the Kovalchick Complex.

The team has a 7-4 win-loss record so far this season.

Saturday’s game

Shippensburg (7-3, 3-1 PSAC) kept Pitt-Johnstown (3-7, 1-3) to 2-of-14 shooting (including 0-of-7 from the three-point line) in the fourth quarter to gradually extend a lead. The Mountain Cats tied the game with 8:21 remaining before the Raiders went on an 11-4 run to build their largest lead of the night, 62-55. SU went 5-of-6 at the free-throw line in the final minute to clinch the win.

SU opened the game with a 7-0 run, but UPJ came back to take a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The Raiders had an 11-6 run in the last five minutes of the second quarter to lead 31-29 at halftime. SU’s eight-point victory margin was its largest lead of the game, while UPJ’s largest lead was five points in the third quarter.

Top players, stats

Senior Destiny Jefferson (Scranton, Pa./West Scranton (West Chester)) led the Raiders with 23 points, marking her fourth consecutive game of 20 or more points this season and her sixth this season. Jefferson was 6-of-9 from the free-throw line and led the team with three steals. She also recorded one of her two blocks in the game with 22 seconds remaining.

Junior Aunbrielle Green (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) had herself a day with a career high 14-of-16 performance at the free-throw line. She surpassed her season total (12 free throws) in Saturday’s game alone; and she doubled her previous single-game career high of seven free throws achieved twice previously.

Green finished the game with her first double-double of the season, totaling season highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Her 20 points are one short of her career high. She also added two steals and one block.

Freshman Taja Colbert (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) added eight points, three rebounds and two steals. Redshirt-junior Erin Gibbons (Swoyersville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West (Mansfield)) had six points, including a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left in the game.

Shippensburg finished the game 28-of-38 (73.7 percent) at the free-throw line, with its 28 free throws being a season high. Pitt-Johnstown shot 16-of-21 (76.2 percent) at the free-throw line but committed 31 fouls, including 12 in the fourth quarter.

A rebound advantage

The Raiders ended the night with a 49-31 rebound advantage to secure their win. SU’s 49 rebounds are a season high. Freshman Ali Hauck (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) had eight rebounds off the bench, finishing one rebound short of a career high. Sophomore Treasure George (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) was also one rebound short of a career high, grabbing five in the contest. SU also blocked five shots.

Pitt-Johnstown was led by Peyton Alazaus with 22 points. Alazaus made all five of UPJ’s three-pointers.  Ashley Norling had 12 points and nine rebounds. Olivia Fasick had seven points, seven assists and four steals.

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Sunday’s game

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The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team played its second road game in as many days on Sunday but dropped a 79-46 decision at No. 8 IUP in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup at the Kovalchick Complex.
 
Shippensburg (7-4, 3-2 PSAC) shot just 24 percent from the field and could not overcome 21 turnovers. Junior Lauren Pettis (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township) was the only Raider in double figures, scoring 14 points and recording a team-high seven rebounds. Junior Aunbrielle Green (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) and freshman Taja Colbert t (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) each had seven points and five rebounds.

The Raiders committed just six fouls in the game compared to 26 by the Crimson Hawks. SU shot 70 percent (21-of-30) at the free-throw line. 
 
IUP (10-1, 4-1) shot 75 percent (21-of-28) from the field in the first half, including 6-of-8 from three-point range, to establish a 29-point halftime lead. The Crimson Hawks scored 24 points in the first quarter and 29 points in the second quarter, including a 16-1 run to close the first half.

The hosts were led by Courtney Alexander’s 31 points. Alexander set an IUP school record by going 9-of-16 from three-point range.

Shippensburg will now break for the holidays and return to action in the new year. Its next game is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5 against Seton Hill at Heiges Field House.