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Women’s Basketball Wins Ninth Straight With 69-56 Road Win at Cheyney
Snyder scores season-high 18 points; Knauer moves into SU’s Top 10 in scoring

CHEYNEY, Pa. – The Shippensburg University women’s basketball team opened Saturday’s game at Cheyney with a 24-7 lead after the first quarter of play and rode much of that early momentum to win its ninth straight game, 69-56, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup from Cope Hall.

Shippensburg (14-5, 9-4 PSAC) has now posted its second-longest winning streak in the last 16 years, extending the run Saturday by avenging a loss at the hands of the Wolves last season (64-62 in Cope Hall). The game was wildly physical, with the teams combining for 42 fouls and 63 free-throw attempts.

Graduate Stephanie Knauer (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) moved into SU’s all-time Top 10 in scoring Saturday, passing Christa Cline (1491 points, 1997-2001). Knauer scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with four rebounds and two assists. She also went over 1,500 points, sitting at 1,501 for her career through the end of the weekend.

Senior Logan Snyder (Lewistown, Pa./Mifflin County) scored a season-high 18 points, finishing two points shy of her career high on 5-of-7 shooting and 7-of-10 at the free-throw line. She also had seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Senior Lauren Gold (Elkins Park, Pa./Abington Friends), who had been to the free-throw line just four times in the last six games, was 9-of-11 at the charity stripe and scored 16 points. Senior Morgan Griffith (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg Area) had five points and 10 rebounds, while senior Colleen Young (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Archbishop Wood) had six point, five rebounds and four assists.

Off the bench, senior Haley Scullion (Chalfont, Pa./Archbishop Wood) was solid with eight points and five rebounds while tying her career high with three blocks. Senior Chanice Lee (Port Tobacco, Md./Bishop McNamara) also added three points off the bench.

The Raiders led 41-24 at the half with 10 assists and just four turnovers, but finished with 15 assists compared to 14 turnovers. SU got to the free-throw line a season-high 41 times but made just 25 attempts (61 percent), while Cheyney was 14-of-22 (64 percent).

Cheyney (3-10, 3-10) got 11 points each from TaKayla Ellis and Shania Stamper and a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) from Marlon Herring. The Wolves shot just 33 percent, the lowest rate by a PSAC opponent this season.

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