The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team made 10-of-13 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter Saturday to sneak past Bloomsburg, 73-64, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup at Nelson Field House.
Shippensburg (19-7, 16-4 PSAC) won its sixth straight and its 11th out of the last 12 to clinch a first-round bye for the upcoming PSAC Tournament by virtue of East Stroudsburg’s victory over Shepherd. The Raiders have two regular-season games remaining but can finish no worse than the Eastern Division’s No. 2 seed.
All seven Raiders who played Saturday scored at least six points, and four reached double figures. Junior Ariel Jones (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) finished with a game-high 17 points, making 6-of-9 at the free-throw line. She had four rebounds.
Junior Destiny Jefferson (Scranton, Pa./West Scranton (West Chester)) contributed 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Sophomore Aunbrielle Green (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) had 11 points and seven rebounds. Junior Kryshell Gordy (Chester, Pa./Ursuline Academy (Del.)) totaled 10 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Sophomores Lauren Mills (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) and Lauren Pettis (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township) each totaled eight points and five rebounds. Freshman Treasure George (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) scored six points and made both of her field-goal attempts.
Bloomsburg (12-13, 9-12) clinched the Eastern Division No. 6 seed despite the loss. The Huskies led for most of the first half and were within striking distance down the stretch. Emma Saxton led the hosts with 15 points. Megan Brandt had 14 and Bella Ricci scored 10 points.
Shippensburg hosts Shepherd at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Heiges Field House.
Bill Morgal is sports information director at Shippensburg University. He can be reached at [email protected]