January 30, 2010

Wieller's Late Bucket Lifts Huskies to Win

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BLOOMSBURG-Dana Wieller's (Bethlehem/Liberty) driving layup with 1.4 seconds left lifted the Bloomsburg University women's basketball team to a 46-45 come-from-behind win over Kutztown University on Saturday afternoon in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division matchup. Wieller's bucket capped a furious comeback for the Huskies who trailed by 12 points with 5:22 to play and held the Golden Bears scoreless the rest of the way for the win.


With the Huskies trailing by a score of 45-33, Bloomsburg's Lauren Ellis (Bangor/Bangor) started the rally with bucket to get the Huskies back to within 10 points at 45-35. After a Kutztown turnover, Wieller hit a three-pointer for a seven point deficit. Following another KU turnover, Wieller hit a pair of free throws with 4:05 to go making it a five point game at 45-40. After both teams missed on scoring chances Kelsey Gallagher (East Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg South) scored to make it a three-point game at 45-42 with 2:51 to go.


Again both teams had turnovers and missed shots before Alyssa Flanagan (Freeland/Hazleton Area) made a steal and passed to Gallagher for a layup with 40 seconds to go for a one point Kutztown lead. After another turnover by the Golden Bears with nine seconds to go, Bloomsburg took time out to set the play. The ball went to Wieller in the front court and the freshman drove the lane getting the bucket with 1.4 seconds left to play. Kutztown's desperation three was off the mark and the Huskies got the win.

Bloomsburg looked like it would run away with the game early on opening a 10-2 lead with 12:56 to go in the first half. Kutztown battled back and took its first lead since the opening minute on a layup by Melissa McQuade with 1:29 to go in the half and went to the locker room leading by two, 23-21.

In the second half the Golden Bears saw the margin dwindle to one, 34-33, with 10:22 to play before going on an 11-0 run to take the 45-33 lead and setting up the late game comeback for Bloomsburg.

Wieller finished with a game-high 16 points, while Kayla Oxenrider (Ashland/Tri-Valley) scored 13 and Christine Sereta (Drums/Hazleton Area) had a season-high 14 rebounds for the Huskies now 12-6, 4-2 in the PSAC East. Kutztown, 13-6, 4-2 in the PSAC East, got nine points from McQuade, while Chauntelle Schroeder added eight.

Bloomsburg will host Mansfield on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.