The Lady Marauder’s basketball team shot off to an undefeated 4-0 start and boosted their consecutive-game winning streak to 17 wins stemming back to last season.   They are playing intense defense, creating an astounding 33 turnovers per game while only committing slightly over 15.

Despite their dominant performances, coach Mary Fleig believes that they have not been fully battle tested, and that they need to maintain their intensity as the season and the competition progresses.

“We haven’t really learned much yet.  Our challenge is set on the PSAC on Jan. 3 and 4,” Fleig said.  “Intense defense is our mind set.  We practice hard and  are always improving
and learning.”

Millersville hit the road for their third game of the young season, traveling to Wilmington, Del. to face off against Goldey Beacom.  Defensive efforts aided the team’s poor shooting performance by causing 28 turnovers and holding Goldey Beacom to a mere 30 points.

Senior Gladine St. Julien went 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and finished with 14 points on the night.  The 69-30 outing saw freshman Gabrielle Styles contribute her best offensive outing of the early season.

Styles earned the honor of PSAC East Freshman of the Week following her strong performance at Goldey Beacom.  She has helped out tremendously adding depth to the team’s post rotation and is a boost off the bench.

In the Goldey Beacom game, she shot five for seven, finishing with 11 points and helped Millersville cruise to a convincing victory.

“She has done a good job and has helped the team with offensive rebounding,” Fleig said.  “She gives us a spark and is learning a lot working on her communication and defensive principles.”

Millersville completed their 4-0 start at Pucillo Gym, against the University of the Sciences, on Nov. 24.  They flew out to an early lead and never looked back.  Once again Millersville defense enabled them to force their opponents into 39 turnovers, as well as dominating them on the offensive boards 29-6.

Junior Aiesha Bellamy looks to give the ball to one of her teammates during a win against University of the Sciences. Photo by Christian Shuts.
Junior Aiesha Bellamy looks to give the ball to one of her teammates during a win against University of the Sciences. Photo by Christian Shuts.

“We played well, but it’s not the same as going up against one of our big foes in the conference.  Once we get tested, then we will know more about ourselves,” Fleig said.  “I think we have the team to do it, and if we keep stepping it up at practice, we will be ready when we get tested.”

The team is content with the opening of the season, but as Fleig points out the competition will only improve as the season pushes on.  They have a game plan that consists of a solid mixture of team defense and quick play, and their communication will improve as the season progresses.

They are also finding second chance scoring, as the team is amounting just over 16 offensive rebounds a game.   Millersville looks to keep up the intensity and maintain their defensive domination as PSAC games approach.

With the holiday break, the Lady Marauders do not hit the floor again until Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

They take on Chestnut Hill, at West Chester University, as part of the annual West Chester tournament.