Raiders basketball: SU’s Jones reaches 2,000 career points

SU’s Ariel Jones contributed 35 points to the Raiders season opener 80-66 victory over Virginia Union Friday night. In doing so, she also became the fourth player in school history to reach 2,000 career points.

Jones (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest), a senior, led all players in points, as the Shippensburg University women’s basketball team posted a victory over Virginia Union at Heiges Field House.

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How it happened

Shippensburg (1-0) put forth a 17-2 run over the opening 5:03 of the second quarter to establish a 41-20 lead. Virginia Union (0-1) trailed by 17 points at halftime but got within seven points of the lead with 5:02 remaining before the Raiders pulled away.

Jones’ 35-point effort marks her 23rd career game of 30 or more points. She was 4-of-9 from the three-point range and 7-of-12 from the free-throw line. Jones scored 26 points in the first half, only three points less than the entire Panther team. Sixteen of her points came in the first quarter. She also added eight rebounds, a block, and a steal and committed just two turnovers.

Senior Destiny Jefferson (Scranton, Pa./West Scranton (West Chester)) had 18 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Jefferson scored 11 of her 18 points in the second half.

Junior Lauren Mills (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) was the third Raider in double figures, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists on 4-of-5 shooting.

Juniors Aunbrielle Green (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) and Lauren Pettis (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township) each matched Jones with a team-high eight rebounds.

Sophomore Treasure George (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) made her first collegiate start and was 7-of-10 at the free-throw line.

The Raiders scored 34 points in the paint and had 32 points off turnovers.

Virginia Union got 19 points from Taniah Johnson and 15 points from Darryn Zeigler.

What’s next

Shippensburg hosts Bowie State at 7 p.m. Saturday at Heiges Field House.

Photos by Bill Smith/Shippensburg University