Lady Marauders start in record-setting fashion

The Millersville women’s basketball team set a school record on Nov. 6, when they outscored Columbia Union by 71 points.

The largest margin of victory prior to this game was 66, in the 1992-1993 season.

Four players reached double figures on the score sheet, and the defense held Columbia Union to only 29 points.

They not only set the mark for margin of victory, but they also set the school record for most points in the first half. The 60-point half surpassed the previous record of 56 set back in the 1992-1993 season.

The Lady Marauders followed up their record-setting game with a decisive victory over Lock Haven, 84-65.

Once again, Millersville pushed the ball around well, dividing up the scoring.

Junior Jenna Craig had a triple double, hauling in 12 boards and scoring 17 points.

Millersville’s backcourt also chipped in with a 16 point performance from Junior Ashley Moyer, who added to her 18 point outing in her previous game.

Senior Gladine St. Julien scored the game high, 21, and added eight rebounds. She was able to get open down low and was very efficient around the basket, going 8-for-12 from the field.

“I was happy with our defensive intensity in our second game,” Head Coach Mary Fleig said. “We are shooting well around the perimeter. We did a good job at working the ball around and getting the ball into St. Julien.”

Millersville has become accustom to these quick starts, as they have started 2-0 the last two seasons.

This marks the ninth time that Fleig has begun a season with two straight wins as head coach of the Marauders.

Freshman Gabrielle Styles goes up for a layup against Columbia Union on Saturday. Photo by Christian Shuts.
Freshman Gabrielle Styles goes up for a layup against Columbia Union on Saturday. Photo by Christian Shuts.

As they head into their third game of the season, Coach Fleig is content with how the season has begun on both the defensive and offensive side of the ball.

They are getting production off the bench and will need to maintain this trend over the next couple of months as conference games loom.

The team displays an unselfish style of play, and their ability to divide up the scoring has been a key to the team’s quick start.

Coach Fleig wants to keep the momentum up and continue to work harder in order to improve as the season progresses.

“There is always room for improvement no matter what the situation is,” Fleig said.

“We have a couple things to work on, but it is great for us to have six players who could be the high scorer in any game. Our unselfish play allows us to find the open person. If a team keys in on one of our players and tries to shut them down, then we just find someone else.”

At practice, despite their speedy start, the team appears to be concentrating on any improvements Fleig feels needed.

The main areas of concentration, according to Coach Fleig, pertain to how well the defensive transition game has been, and their communication skills.

She also alluded to the fact that there is room for improvement in the interior defense department.

Millersville looks to stay red hot and continue its winning ways on the road against Goldey Beacom on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The Lady Marauders have yet to lose to Goldey Beacom in two career meetings.