PREVIEW: Golden Bears Battle Bloomsburg On The Road Wednesday Night

1/30/2018 | Women’s Basketball
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KUTZTOWN – Fresh off its first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) road win of the season and riding a two-game winning streak, the Kutztown University women’s basketball team makes its way to Bloomsburg University on Wednesday, Jan. 31, for a date with the Huskies. Tip-off from Nelson Field House is slated for 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday afternoon, KU (12-8, 7-7 PSAC) defeated Shippensburg 67-56, securing its first conference victory away from Keystone Arena and its first in the last seven tries against the Raiders. The Golden Bears had three scorers in double-digits on the afternoon, led by Taylor Thames, who tied a career-high with 16 points, in an efficient 27 minutes of play. Zoe Zerman tallied a season-high 15 points, 12 of which came in the first half, on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc and added 4-of-5 makes from the charity stripe. Karen Lapkiewicz rounded out the KU players in double-figures, posting 10 points and

grabbing seven rebounds.

Rylee Derr grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds as well to lead the Maroon and Gold’s effort on the glass as they outrebounded Shippensburg, 40-34. Derr, making her 56th three-pointer of the season in the game, surpassed Andrea Sisson’s freshman record of 55 made three-pointers in 2010-11, making her the new KU freshman record holder for three-pointers in a season with eight regular season games remaining.

Kutztown’s matchup with Bloomsburg (6-15, 3-12) will be the second meeting between these two sides with KU claiming the win at home on Jan. 3 by a 53-45 final score. Both sides struggled from the floor in this tilt, making a combined 37-of-104 attempts, shooting 35.5 percent, collectively. The Golden Bears were led by Derr, who totaled 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the free throw line, the lone Kutztown player in double-digits. Taylor Montana and Emma Saxton were the top-two scorers for the Huskies, posting 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Montana will be the player to key on for head coach Janet Malouf‘s squad, the leading scorer (9.0 ppg) and rebounder (6.0 rpg) for Bloomsburg. Around Montana, the Huskies have a balanced attack with three other players averaging 7.0 ppg or more, meaning the Golden Bears will need to continue to keep playing effective team defense which has forced 22.0 turnovers per game, second in the PSAC.

The difference in this game is going to come on the offensive end with KU averaging 67.0 ppg compared to Bloomsburg’s 57.5 ppg, which ranks last in the PSAC. If Kutztown can get off to a fast start, as it did against Shippensburg, its potent offense will be too much for the Huskies to handle. Couple that with the fact that the Maroon and Gold are undefeated (9-0) when leading at the half this season and the first 20 minutes will be paramount in deciding this result.

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