Raiders sports: Women’s basketball team drops close game

SU’s women’s basketball team dropped a close game Saturday with No. 7 Gannon, 68-59, but held strong during most of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) mandated crossover at Heiges Field House.

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How it happened

Shippensburg (5-3, 1-1 PSAC) opened the game with a 5-0 run and held Gannon (5-1, 1-1) scoreless for the first five minutes of the game. The Golden Knights did not reach double figures until three minutes into the second quarter; and the Raiders led by 11 points at halftime.

Gannon opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run but still trailed by four points entering the final quarter. GU closed the third quarter with four straight points and continued that run into the fourth quarter to tie the score with 8:29 left. The Golden Knights pulled away with a 17-2 run and went 4-of-5 from three-point range in the fourth quarter after making only one three-pointer in the first 30 minutes

The Raiders shot 40% from the field, including 3-of-10 from three-point range, but shot 57% (12-of-21) from the free-throw line. Gannon had a 39-33 rebounding advantage and was 13-of-18 (72%) from the free-throw line.

Senior Destiny Jefferson (Scranton, Pa./West Scranton (West Chester)) led the Raiders with 22 points, four rebounds, and four steals. Junior Lauren Pettis (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township) had 14 points, six rebounds and a career-high four steals.

Sophomore Treasure George (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) was the third Raider with double figures, posting 12 points, a team-high four assists, and a steal. Junior Lauren Mills (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) finished with a team high of seven rebounds and was 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.

Gannon had four players with double figures, including a team-high 17 points from Emma Wright. The Golden Knights had just one assist and committed 15 turnovers in the first half but had seven assists to just three turnovers in the second half. The teams combined for 43 turnovers.

What’s next

Shippensburg women’s basketball will break next week for final exams and return to action at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14 with a mandated conference crossover at Clarion.

Photos by Bill Smith/ Shippensburg University