Five Shippensburg University women’s basketball players posted double figures on Sunday, defeating visiting Holy Family Tigers 70-58.
The team held the Tigers to just 33-percent shooting from the field in the 95-minute affair at Heiges Field House. The victory snapped the Raiders two-game losing streak.
Shippensburg (4-4) used a 16-4 run over the final 6:30 of the second quarter to take a 33-25 lead into halftime.
How it Happened
Holy Family (2-3) opened the second half with a 13-4 run to take a 38-37 lead. The Raiders held the Tigers to just two points over the final 5:30 of the third quarter, however, taking an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter. SU would not trail by less than five points the rest of the way.
The Raiders made a concerted effort to score down low, finishing with 48 points in the paint and shooting 43 percent from the field. The Tigers did manage a 46-45 edge in rebounds, including 15 on the offensive glass.
From the Box Score
Despite the rebounding edge, both of Shippensburg’s starting guards finished with double-digit rebounds. Junior Destiny Jefferson scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds. She led all players and achieved her first career double-double. She also had three assists. Jefferson had not achieved a 10-rebound game before this season, and has now done so twice with the Raiders.
Junior Ariel Jones led Shippensburg with 15 points, including a 9-of-11 rate at the free-throw line. Jones finished with 10 rebounds, marking her third career double-double with points and rebounds. She also had three assists.
Junior Kryshell Gordy scored 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting, grabbed three rebounds, had three assists, and recorded a career-high six blocks. Gordy’s six blocks are the most by a Raider since Lindsay Howard had six against Mansfield on Jan. 22, 2011.
Sophomore Lauren Mills posted double figures for the second time in the last three games, scoring 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting to go along with five rebounds.
Sophomore Aunbrielle Green and sophomore Lauren Pettis split the duties at center. Green scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with six rebounds. Pettis scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting to go along with three rebounds and a block.
Both teams combined to shoot 3-of-32 (9.3 percent) from three-point range – the Tigers going 2-of-19 and the Raiders 1-of-13. Freshman Treasure George hit Shippensburg’s lone three-pointer. SU was 15-of-19 (79%) from the free-throw line, while the Tigers didn’t get to the free-throw line until the 3:26 mark of the fourth quarter, finishing 4-of-6.
Shippensburg returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Cal U. from Heiges Field House.
Bill Morgal is Shippensburg University’s sports information director