RECAP: Women’s basketball posts 71-64 win at West Chester

The University of Shippensburg women’s basketball team led the wire to wire on Monday night, avoiding a late comeback attempt by host West Chester to defeat the Golden Rams, 71-64, in a game of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division at Hollinger House Field.

Shippensburg (15-10, 11-8 PSAC) earned a season series sweep over West Chester (7-16, 5-12) by limiting the Golden Rams to 33% shooting from the field in the first half. time to establish a 15-point halftime lead, 40-25. The Raiders went on a 10-2 run early in the first quarter.

SU extended their lead to 18 points, but West Chester responded with a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter. With 1:07 left in the game, WCU cut the deficit to three points, but the Raiders responded with a junior drive layup Lawrence Mills and held the Golden Rams scoreless the rest of the way.

Shippensburg finished the game 25 of 31 (80.6%) from the free throw line, its third time at 80% or better this season and its second most free throws in a game. West Chester were 5 of 8 at the free-throw line, with their first free-throw attempt awarded in the dying seconds of the second quarter. SU scored 30 points in the paint and 17 points on turnovers, while WCU posted a 42-37 rebounding advantage.

Junior Aunbrielle Green recorded his fourth double-double of the season and 14th of his career with a career-high 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds. She was also 10 of 12 from the free throw line. His 22 points surpass his previous career high of 21 set on four other occasions.

Senior Destiny Jefferson had 18 points, shooting 3 of 6 from behind the arc. She tied a season high with seven assists and added five rebounds.

Mills added 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals. She went 5 of 6 at the free throw line. Junior Companion Lauren Pettis contributed seven points.

Second year Treasure George was perfect from the free throw line, going 6 of 6, and added four rebounds and three steals. Red shirt-junior Erin Gibbons contributed six points, two assists and a steal.

West Chester were led by Alexa Abbonizio with 22 points and Leah Johnson added 19 points.

Shippensburg has its divisional “goodbye” on Wednesday and will play the next game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bloomsburg.

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