Huskies use 2nd half to defeat LHU women

LOCK HAVEN — For the first half of Saturday’s women’s basketball game between Bloomsburg and Lock Haven, the game was just waiting for someone to take charge.

Unfortunately for the Bald Eagles, the Huskies picked up things on both ends of the floor in the second half to outscore Lock Haven for a 66-47 win in PSAC East game.

“We stay focused and had to play through some ups and downs in the first half and I thought we handled those situations well,” said Lock Haven coach Jennifer Smith. “We stuck to the game plan and that helped us through the downs.”

For the first five minutes of the game, the Bald Eagles played solid basketball on both ends of the floor, leading from the get-go until Bloomsburg led for the first time (6-5) with slightly less than five minutes left.

After a tie at 6-6, Bloomsburg led by as many as five until buckets by Kendra Stanford and Ayanda McGill-Jefferson cut the LHU deficit to just one (15-16) at the first turn.

Unable to cash in at the free throw line — shooting 5 for 12 — the Bald Eagles clawed and scrapped as Bloomsburg held a slim 29-27 lead at halftime. For the game, Lock Haven only made 11 of 25 attempts from the stripe for a meager 44 percent.

“As for missing that many foul shots, I don’t get it,” said Smith. “You can be sure of one thing, and that is they will be shooting a lot of foul shots between now and Wednesday.”

Bloomsburg came out of the locker room with renewed energy to begin the third period, building up a 40-31 lead midway through the period before taking a 51-41 lead at the turn for home.

“I am not sure why, but we started unraveling to start the second half,” said Smith.

Another factor that hampered the efforts of Lock Haven was that both starting guards in Bink Redman and Taylor Leidy, along with Jalyn Sheldon-Burleigh, picked up their fourth personal fouls in the first seven minutes of the period.

“I thought they played through their foul trouble pretty good,” said Smith. “I thought they handled it real well, especially Bink and Taylor. I thought they showed a lot of maturity, especially when you are looking at a freshman and a sophomore.”

Working the boards on both ends of the floor, the Huskies got their transition game rolling as they pulled away for the win.

The Bald Eagles turned the ball over 18 times while surrendering 13 offensive rebounds to Bloomsburg.

“We try to hold our turnovers under ten and the opponents offensive rebounds under eight,” said Smith. “We didn’t meet either of those goals and we lost the game. It is funny how those things all work out.”

Leading the Bald Huskies to their win was Taylor Montana with a game high 24 points, Montana joined in doubles by Megan Brandt and Emma Saxton with ten points each.

For LHU, McGill-Jefferson was the only Lady Eagle to reach double digits with 11 points, McGill-Jefferson adding eight boards and three assists to her well-balanced game.