SU sports briefs: Two Raiders honored by league

Two members of the Raiders women’s basketball team earned honors from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division as the league’s top athletes following recent team victories.

Women’s Basketball Defensive Athlete of the Week

Pettis earned her second weekly award of the season

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Lauren Pettis

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – Shippensburg University junior Lauren Pettis (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township) is the PSAC Eastern Division Women’s Basketball Defensive Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon by the league office.

Pettis totaled 17 defensive rebounds, blocked four shots and had one steal in a pair of victories this past week; the Raiders won 78-69 over Goldey-Beacom and 103-67 over Salem.

In the win over Goldey-Beacom, Pettis grabbed 10 defensive rebounds and blocked three shots. Against Salem, Pettis had seven defensive rebounds and a block. Both SU opponents shot 35 percent or less from the field. Overall, Pettis recorded double-doubles in both games (14 points, 12 rebounds vs. GBC; 14 points, 11 rebounds vs. Salem).

From a plus-minus perspective, Pettis matched the team high with a +11 rating against Goldey-Beacom. She posted a +28 rating against Salem, meaning that the Raiders scored 39 points more than they allowed while she was on the floor.

It is Pettis’s second weekly Defensive Athlete award of the season. It is her third career PSAC weekly award; she was the PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Week on March 4, 2019.

SU earned both of the PSAC’s weekly awards for the Eastern Division, with sophomore Treasure George (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) named the Athlete of the Week.

READ: SU women’s basketball: George scores career high 24 points

Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week

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Shippensburg University sophomore Treasure George (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) is the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week, the league office announced  Monday afternoon by the league office.

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Treasure George

George led the Raiders in scoring this week with 36 points and shot 57 percent from the field (11-of-19). She averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as the Raiders posted victories over Goldey-Beacom (78-69) and Salem (103-67). George posted double figures in both games after entering this past week with just one career game scoring in double figures through 33 contests.

In the win over Goldey-Beacom, George posted a career-high 24 points to lead five starters in double figures. George equaled her previous career high in the first quarter by scoring 12 points in the first 10 minutes. She finished 7-of-11 from the field, including a three-pointer, and was 9-of-12 at the free-throw line. She also grabbed six rebounds and had two assists and two steals.

In Sunday’s win over Salem, George posted a career high of eight assists, including six assists in the first quarter, and did not commit a turnover. George scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.

From a plus-minus perspective, George posted a +9 rating against Goldey-Beacom; and she posted a team-high +36 rating against Salem, meaning that the Raiders scored 45 points more than they allowed while she was on the floor.

George was one of several Raiders who achieved new career highs this past week along with junior Lauren Mills (32 points, 10 assists, just one turnover in two games) and freshmen Taja Colbert (22 points in two games), Abbie Miller (12 points Sunday) and Ali Hauck (five blocks Tuesday).

First weekly award of George’s career

It is the first PSAC weekly award of George’s career. She is the first Raider named the PSAC Eastern Division Athlete of the Week since Ariel Jones was honored on March 2, 2020.

SU earned both of the PSAC’s weekly awards for the Eastern Division, as junior Lauren Pettis (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township) was named the Defensive Athlete of the Week.

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