Women’s Basketball Shoots 61% in Home Win Over Mansfield, 89-62

Women’s Basketball Shoots 61% in Home Win Over Mansfield, 89-62

The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team shot 61 percent from the field Monday night, its best shooting performance in three years, as it achieved a wire-to-wire victory over Mansfield by a score of 89-62 in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup from Heiges Field House.

How it Happened

Shippensburg (7-5, 4-2 PSAC) shot 80% (8-of-10) in the first quarter and then closed the second quarter on a 10-1 run to take a 45-31 lead into halftime. After a skittish third quarter, the Raiders shot 13-of-17 (77%) from the field in a 31-point fourth quarter to achieve a lopsided victory.

Inside the Box Score

Junior Ariel Jones led all players with 31 points and 11 rebounds, posting her fifth career double-double and her 18th career 30-point game (fourth this season). Jones had 20 points and nine rebounds by halftime, having made 11-of-12 at the free-throw line. She also went 4-of-11 from three-point range and had two assists.

Junior Destiny Jefferson was 6-of-7 from the field, finishing with 13 points. Jefferson also had four assists and did not commit a turnover; she was limited to 21 minutes due to foul trouble. It was her 10th double-digit performance of the season.  

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Sophomore Lauren Pettis was also 6-of-7 from the field, finishing with 12 points to complement five rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes of action off the bench. It is the second double-digit scoring effort of the season for Pettis.

Sophomore Lauren Mills scored nine points, including a three-pointer, to go along with two rebounds and two steals. Both junior Kryshell Gordy and sophomore Aunbrielle Green were 3-of-4 from the field; Gordy had six points, four rebounds and five assists while Green had seven points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Shippensburg posted a season-high 23 assists and finished 7-of-19 (37 percent) from three-point range. Juniors Margarita Kilpatrick and Emily Houck each contributed a three-pointer off the bench.

SU’s shooting performance is its best since it shot 64.4 percent in a 74-44 win over Millersville on Jan. 3, 2017. The Raiders finished the night with 46 points in the paint and 23 points from the bench.

Jones, now at 1,598 career points, passed Jen Scaffidi Grassel (1,583) for ninth all-time at Shippensburg. She also has 517 career free throws, passing Ashley Totedo Swanson (508) for second in school history. Jones is 15 free throws shy of tying Lauren Beckley’s school record (532).

Mansfield (3-9, 1-5) got 13 points from Paige Whitfield and 11 points from Waynesboro native Chelsea Cover. The Mountaineers shot 36 percent, attempting 6-of-26 (23 percent) from three-point range.

What’s Next

Shippensburg returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at West Chester. 

Bill Morgal is sports information director at Shippensburg University

Photos by Bill Smith/Shippensburg University

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