Mansfield women struggle vs. Bloom

MANSFIELD Having lost their last three and 9 of the last 10, the last team Mansfield was hoping to see Wednesday night was Bloomsburg.

And Bloomsburg played like one of the top teams in the PSAC, winning 93-73.

“They are definitely an outstanding team, that’s for sure,” said Mansfield (4-12, 2-10)?interim head coach Allison Tagliaferri. “They have a lot of girls who have played together for a long time. They are really fundamental and the one thing we didn’t do was execute our game plan very well which was not leaving the shooters. We lost sight of (Dana) Wieller too many times and if you give a player like that as many open threes as she had, she is bound to knock some of them down.”

Mansfield hung tough for the first seven minutes as they kept their deficit in the single-digit range despite hot shooting by Bloom (12-3, 8-3).

At the halfway point of the opening period, the Lady Huskies were shooting 71 percent from the field, a mark that included 62 percent from behind the arc. For the game, Wieller had four treys among her 22 points.

“They are an outstanding program and they shoot the ball very well,” said Tagliaferri. “Their coach has done an outstanding job building that program since when I played here (at Mansfield). They just have so many scoring threats that you can’t focus on just one or two people.”

Despite the loss, Tagliaferri saw some good things from her club.

“We put up 73 points so we did some real good things against them,” she said. “The problem is that we gave up 93.”

Continuing to battle, the Lady Mounties manufactured an 11-1 run to cut their deficit to just a pair with 7:20 left in the opening half.

Feeling the pressure of Mansfield hanging tough, the Lady Huskies went back to work on both ends of the floor to close out the half with a 14-3 run in the final three minutes to take a 55-40 lead to the locker room at the break.

“We need to understand that basketball is a game of runs and we (the coaches) have been preaching that all season,” Tagliaferri said. “We just need to overcome those situations by getting a stop and then make smart decisions on the other end.”

Bloom out-rebounded Mansfield 37-27, but the one thing that bothered Tagliaferri more than that stat was her team’s 26 turnovers.

BLOOMSBURG (13-3 (9-3 PSAC))

WIELLER, Dana 9-21 0-0 22; ELLIS, Lauren 7-10 1-1 15; OXENRIDER, Kayla 5-7 0-2 13; NOACK, Catherine 4-8 2-2 11; FORD, Jocelyn 3-5 2-2 10; FLANAGAN, Alyssa 2-3 5-7 9; DERR, Danielle 3-5 1-2 7; SADOWSKI, Adreana 1-1 0-1 2; KAMINSKI, Taylor 1-2 0-0 2; BORSKI, Maggie 1-1 0-0 2; SIMMONS, Marla 0-1 0-0 0; NEALON, Lauren 0-0 0-0 0; DUDECK, Brianna 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 36-66 11-17 93.

MANSFIELD (4-12 (2-10 PSAC))

MATTER, Jena 3-5 9-12 15; HEYWARD, Shaleta 4-9 3-3 14; ESPIGH, Kayla 3-6 3-4 12; FITZPATRICK, Katie 3-9 5-5 11; MCSWAIN, Megan 1-7 4-4 6; DERICHIE, Alyssa 2-3 0-0 4; LACEY, Emma 2-3 0-0 4; YALE, Katie 2-4 0-0 4; LACEY, Victoria 1-2 0-1 3; CARNEY, Bridget 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-48 24-29 73.

Halftime: Bloomsburg, 55-40. 3-point goals–Bloomsburg 10-22 (WIELLER, 4-11; OXENRIDER, 3-3; FORD, 2-3; NOACK, 1-4; DERR, 0-1), Mansfield 7-19 (HEYWARD, 3-5; ESPIGH, 3-6; LACEY, 1-2; MCSWAIN, 0-3; FITZPATRICK, 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds–Bloomsburg 37 (FLANAGAN, 7), Mansfield 27 (HEYWARD, 6). Assists–Bloomsburg 21 (FLANAGAN, 7), Mansfield 13 (LACEY, 3). Total fouls–Bloomsburg 21, Mansfield 17. Technical fouls-None. A-149