This past Saturday, the Women’s Basketball team proved why they are in the PSAC tournament. The third seeded Marauders dominated the court to eliminate the Lock Haven Bald Eagles in Pucillo Gym.
The Millersville Marauders started the game neck and neck with the Bald Eagles. Falling behind nine to five at one point in the first quarter. The Marauders looked to rally back and scored seven unanswered points, including a three point buzzer beater before the end of the period.
The Marauders continued upon the momentum they build at the end of the first period to grow their lead further. By halftime the women led by a score of 28-19.
Going into halftime, the Marauders knew that they needed to be prepared for whatever adjustments Lock Haven would be making.
Millersville’s third period was not the strongest showing for the Marauders. Much like prior games in the season, the third period was a weak spot defensively. The Marauder’s halftime lead was down to only a single point during the course of the period.
Despite scoring a game high 25 points during that period, the Marauders conceded 21 points themselves. The third period was the most successful offensive period for the Bald Eagles.
However, Millersville ended the game strong. The ladies dominated the tail end of the third and continued their efforts into the fourth.
By the final few minutes of the game, the Marauders had a more than comfortable 24 point lead.
One of the driving forces behind the Marauder’s success this past Saturday was the efforts of Aunjel Van Brakle. The graduating redshirt junior post 21 points and 11 rebounds against Lock Haven. It was Van Brakle’s third career double-double.
The crowd gave a roaring applause as the starting seniors were substituted out in the closing moments of the game.
For the Marauders, this tournament is part of the final run for the current seniors. The Millersville Marauders will say goodbye to seniors; Celeste Robinson, Shelby Reimer, Lexi Scrivano, Tyisha White, Yasmin Cooper, Alex Stam and Aunjel Van Brakle.
The next step for the Marauders was the quarterfinal match against the Shippensburg Raiders.
The Marauders entered this game as historic favorites. The meeting was only the fifth meeting between Millersville and Shippensburg in the postseason, but Millersville had won all four of the previous meetings, including a championship victory over Shippensburg in 1983.
Head Coach Mary Fleig also entered Tuesday’s game with experience in the quarterfinal round. She held a 12-6 record in quarterfinal matches, the most recent being a victory over Shippensburg in 2013.
The Marauders unfortunately couldn’t continue their push into the PSAC tournament. Millersville’s battle in Shippensburg came down to the wire.
In the final quarter, Millersville outscored the Raiders 20-14 and created five turnovers. Excellent shooting at the line by the Raiders kept the Marauders off their backs just long enough to seal Millersville’s fate.
The Marauders end the season with a cumulative record of 19-9 and a trip to the quarterfinal round of the PSAC tournament.