SU women's basketball: Rams defeat lady Raiders

Jefferson’s Rams defeated the Raiders in a basketball game which saw the Shippensburg lose a valiant second half comeback try.

The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team’s late comeback was not enough to defeat Jefferson on Wednesday night at Gallagher Center, 73-69. 
Shippensburg (2-1) had three players with double-digit points. Senior Ariel Jones led the Raiders with 22 points, five rebounds, and four steals. Jones’s 22 points brought her career point total to 2,066. She has now surpassed Stacey Cunningham (2,057) and Ashley Totedo (2,050). Jones is now ranked second in SU’s all-time career points ranking and is ranked ninth in PSAC Women’s Basketball history for career points. 
Senior Lauren Pettis added 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds while junior Treasure George had 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. George hit two three-pointers in the fourth quarter that brought the Raiders closer. 
Jefferson (3-0) had three players in double-digit points. The Rams led by as many as 18 points in the first half and led by 14 points in the second half. SU cut down the deficit in the third quarter to six points, but was unable to stop a Rams team that shot 44.3 percent from the field. 
In the fourth quarter, Shippensburg trailed by 12 points, and both teams were unable to score until 6:44. With less than a minute left, Jones hit a three-pointer to reduce the deficit to nine points. George then hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to reduce the deficit to three points, but a made free throw by Morgan Robinson secured the victory for the Rams. 
Sophomore Abbie Miller scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds while fellow sophomore Taja Colbert scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and had a team-high five assists. 
The Raiders had an 11-5 steals advantage and scored 36 points in the paint. Jefferson made 13-of-19 from the free-throw line and had 13 bench points, with 20 assists. 
Shippensburg returns to action Saturday as it takes on Holy Family at Heiges Field House at 1 p.m. 

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