Associate Sports Editor
Millersville Women’s basketball suffered a tough defeat at the hands of Lock Haven University last Saturday afternoon. Everyone shouted and made noise when a jump shot by Marauder Lauren Lister cut Lock Haven’s lead to 59-57 with only 2:52 left on the clock. However, Lock Haven found their mojo and ended the game on a 7-0 run and went 5-6 from the charity stripe down the stretch to earn the victory.
As of now, The Marauders are now tied with the Lock Haven Bald Eagles in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). So far Millersville record is 12-14 and 9-10 in the PSAC and with the loss snapped a three game win streak. Lock Haven’s record is 14-12 and 9-10 in the PSAC, and has completed their first sweep of Millersville since the 2014-2015 season.
Highlights of the match began with the Marauders jumping out to a 13-8 lead. The Bald Eagles took their opportunity to fight back in the rest of the first quarter and went on 17-5 run and shot at least 70 percent from the floor during the stretch. Lock Haven’s offense cooled down from there and scored 15 points in total between the second and third quarters.
During the final quarter, a 3-pointer and subsequent layup by Olivia Mottern gave the Marauders their first lead since the first. It was a grueling back and forth battle against the players with Millersville turning the ball over 13 times compared to Lock Haven with 17 turnovers. Despite this, the Bald Eagles held a 18-11 edge in points off the turnovers. Lock Haven pushed through and scored 40 points from the bench. Loch Haven Rileigh Devine notched all six three pointers giving Lock Haven the win in the final quarter. (57-66).
In spite of Millersville losing against Lock Haven, the opening and closing quarters of the game featured the most scoring and the most action in their season so far. Eighty-nine of the 123 points in this game came in the first and fourth quarters.The Marauders outscored the Bald Eagles 19-15 between the second and third quarters, however Lock Haven outscored Millersville 51-38 in the first and fourth quarters.
Head coach Mary Flieg said, “We got some stops after the first quarter, but could not get our running game going. We didn’t have the same flow in the second half that we’ve had in the last few games. But we are not panicking. We will staying focus and turnour attention towards our game against East Stroudsburg. They’ve been hot as of lately and have taken down some tough opponents. We’ll get some rest, keep our bodies fresh and be ready for them when the time comes.”
The Marauders will play their regular season finale against East Stroudsburg University on Saturday March 2nd at 1pm at Pucillo Gymnasium. Tune in and support our Marauders for their season finale and possibly earn a bid into the PSAC Tournament with a win and end the tiebreaker against Lock Haven!