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Courtesy of Shippensburg Athletics

Women’s Basketball Catches Fire From Deep, Routs Bloomsburg, 82-56
SU sets new season best in three-pointers en route to 13th straight win

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – The Shippensburg women’s basketball team used an impressive display of shooting from beyond the arc Saturday to pull away early in an 82-56 win over Bloomsburg in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup from Nelson Field House.

SU (18-5, 13-4 PSAC) extended its winning streak to 13 games by shooting 57.1 percent from the field while knocking down a season-high 12 three-pointers on just 19 attempts. With the 26-point victory, SU has outscored PSAC East opponents by an average of 19.1 points per game this season.

Senior Lauren Gold (Elkins Park, Pa./Abington Friends) led the Raiders with 17 points, including 5-of-8 shooting from downtown to tie her season high in makes from beyond the arc. Senior Colleen Young (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Archbishop Wood) totaled 14 points, six assists, four rebounds in a well-rounded afternoon.

Senior Logan Snyder (Lewistown, Pa./Mifflin County) also had six assists to go along with 12 points and five rebounds. Graduate Stephanie Knauer (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and two steals. Junior Victoria Blackburn (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) set a new career high as she poured in 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

Both teams engaged in a back-and-forth first quarter that featured five three-pointers by the Raiders, including Gold’s triple at the first-quarter buzzer. That began a 28-4 run by the Raiders that transformed a two-point SU lead into a 26-point advantage with 1:33 remaining in the second quarter. The Raiders added four more three-pointers in the second quarter to tie their season high in threes made at halftime with nine (SU also made nine vs. Slippery Rock on Nov. 21). Senior Morgan Griffith (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg Area) hit a three-pointer 41 seconds into the second half to set SU’s new season high.

SU, which entered the game leading the PSAC in field goal percentage, is now shooting 48.1 percent from the field on the season. SU also improved its PSAC-best mark in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28) by dishing out 22 assists and turning it over just 11 times. Saturday marked the 12th time in the last 13 games that the Raiders have held their opponent to 60 or less points.

In 18 seasons as head coach at Shippensburg, Kristy Trn’s longest winning streak is 14 games. The Raiders will try to tie that mark Wednesday when they host Lock Haven at 6 p.m. from Heiges Field House.

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