It was a busy weekend for the Millersville Women’s basketball team (2-1) as they traveled to Clarion, Pa. for the Clarion Classic. On Friday, the lady Marauders out-shot the West Liberty Hilltoppers (1-2) in the second half and took the 92-83 win. Millersville was led by Yasmin Cooper, who had 24 points in the game by shooting 12 of 23. Senada Mehmedovic shot 3 of 9 beyond the arc and was second on the team with 19 total points.
Millersville shot their way to a 35.71% shooting percentage in the first half, but out-shot West Liberty 51-30 to take a narrow 37-36 lead into halftime. The second half is when Millersville began to get into a rhythm. With 12:54 left to go in the half, Millersville orchestrated a 16-6 run to lengthen the lead to 70-57 with 8:47 left to play. The Hilltoppers though would fight all the way back to within one point.
Winning 75-74 with 4:00 minutes left to go, Millersville broke out on an 8-0 run over the next two minutes and would go on to a 92-83.
Millersville shot a solid 50% in the second half and won the battle at the net as they scored 23 second-chance points to West Liberty’s 9. The Marauders also stole 10 balls from the Hilltoppers, leading to a perfect 20 points off turnovers.
On Saturday, the Black and Gold went head-to-head with the Charleston Golden Eagles (4-0) and lost their first game of the season 86-71.
Charleston’s stellar 3-point shooting led to a dominant first halve that saw a struggling Millersville team post a low 20% shooting percentage. The lady Marauders were losing 46-18 going into halftime.
Although the final score may not show it, Millersville put up a fight in the second half. They improved immensely by making 21 of 31 field goals and 7 of 10 three-pointers, but the Golden Eagles never let up and maintained a comfortable lead all the way to their 86-71 victory.
Shelby Reimer led all Marauders with 32 points coming off the bench. Carly Gallagher scored the next most with 23 points.
The Marauders will open up PSAC East play on Tuesday at Bloomsburg at 5:30 p.m.