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BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team used a big third quarter to knock off visiting Chestnut Hill College, 77-62, on Tuesday evening at the Nelson Field House. The Huskies improved to 4-2 on the season while the Griffins dropped to 1-5 overall.
Four Huskies finished in double figures as juniors Taylor Montana (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) and Bella Ricci (Etters, Pa./Red Land) paced the team with 16 points apiece. Montana also pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds while chipping in a pair of assists and a pair of blocked shots. Ricci's 16 points marked a personal-high for her in a Bloomsburg uniform, surpassing the 11 she scored against Lincoln on November 10. Ricci added four rebounds, six assists, and two steals in a game-high 34 minutes. Sophomore Emma Saxton (York, Pa./Central York) added 13 points and four assists while senior Marissa Molnar (Erie, Pa./McDowell) had 12 points (all coming on three-pointers), five rebounds, and four assists in the victory.
Senior Alyssa Mack (Walnutport, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic), who had scored 48 points in the last two games, was held in check as she finished with six points in 22 minutes. She was 3-of-7 from the field and did not attempt a three-pointer - after hitting seven at Holy Family last Tuesday - in 22 minutes.
Leading by seven, 33-26, at the break, the Huskies erupted for 30 points in the third quarter and outscored Chestnut Hill, 30-16, to build a 63-42 advantage at the end of the third quarter before settling for the 15-point victory. Bloomsburg made 12-of-17 (70.6%) from the field in the third quarter and led by as many as 23 left in the period after freshman Tehya Hosey (Lemoyne, Pa./Cedar Cliff) knocked down a jumper with 26 seconds left. Brianna Cullen scored at the other end for the Griffins for the final points of the stanza. Bloomsburg built the lead back to 23 on three different occasions early in the fourth quarter before the Griffins went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 14 - 69-55 - with 3:38 remaining. Junior Bella Ricci (Etters, Pa./Red Land) stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer and the Huskies got the lead up to 20 before Chestnut Hill's Lauren Crim scored the final five points of the game to end the scoring.
Both teams got off to a slow start as the Huskies led, 11-9, after the opening quarter. Bloomsburg turned the ball over five times and allowed seven offensive rebounds in the first quarter but was aided by Chestnut Hill shooting just 3-of-19 (15.8%) from the floor in the opening ten minutes. Both teams improved in the second quarter as the Huskies outscored the Griffins, 22-17, to build their 33-26 halftime advantage.
Jaeda Wildgoose led Chestnut Hill with 13 points while Shannon Glenn (11) and Crim (10) were also in double digits.
The Huskies shot 30-of-58 (51.7%) from the field en route to their season-high in points. Bloomsburg also connected on 8-of-15 (53.3%) from beyond the arc with Molnar and Ricci combining to go 7-of-13 from deep. Sophomore Payton Spadaccino (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock South) had the Huskies' other triple for her only points of the night. The Griffins finished 22-of-57 (38.6%) from the field including 5-of-13 (38.5%) from long range.
Chestnut Hill held a 38-34 edge in rebounding but turned the ball over 18 times compared to Bloomsburg's 13.
The Huskies will open Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) action on Saturday afternoon, December 1, when they host Gannon University at the Nelson Field House. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Bloomsburg will then entertain Edinboro University on Sunday afternoon, also at 1:00 p.m.
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