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Shippensburg University junior Ariel Jones was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week by the league office Monday.

Ariel Jones
Ariel Jones

Jones was the named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Shippensburg University’s Conference Challenge Tournament. The Raiders defeated Wheeling 88-58 and Frostburg 80-68 In that tournament.

She scored 57 points in the tournament, 26 more points than any other player. She shot 63 percent from the field (17-of-27) and 77 percent from the free-throw line (17-of-22).

Against Wheeling, Jones had a game-high 32 points. Jones scored 20 of her 32 points in the first half in achieving the fifteenth 30-point game of her career.

She was an efficient 11-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Jones also had four assists and two rebounds.

Against Frostburg, Jones scored 25 points and made 11-of-14 at the free-throw line. She scored 18 of those 25 points in the fourth quarter, equaling Frostburg State’s team output over the final 10 minutes.

It is the sixth time in her career Jones has been named the PSAC Eastern Division Athlete of the Week.

Bill Morgal is sports information director at Shippensburg University

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