February 28, 2010

Huskies Beat Kutztown, Qualify for PSAC Tournament

Box Score

KUTZTOWN-Sophomore guard Kelsey Gallagher (East Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg South) scored 27 points to lead Bloomsburg University to a 72-67 win over Kutztown University in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East women's basketball action on Saturday. The victory clinched a spot in the 2010 PSAC Tournament for the Huskies, their first trip since the 2004-05 season.

Bloomsburg (16-10, 8-6) started out strong, taking an 8-1 lead 3:13 into the contest on the strength of two three-pointers by Gallagher. The Huskies then stretched their lead to 15-5 at the 14:46 mark after freshman guard Dana Wieller (Bethlehem/Liberty) hit a three-pointer of her own.

The Golden Bears (18-9, 9-5) then took control, going on a 14-0 run over the next 3:10 to take a 19-15 lead. After a pair of free throws by Wieller a minute later, both teams went cold, as neither scored for nearly four minutes. A free throw by the Golden Bears put them up 20-17 at the 7:48 mark, but then Wieller and freshman forward Kayla Oxenrider (Ashland/Tri-Valley) hit back-to-back three's to put the Huskies back up 23-20.

Kutztown came right back, getting a pair of free throws from Melissa McQuade to cut the deficit to one, but freshman guard Jordan Pasik (Gilbertsville/St. Pius X) hit her own three, extending the Bloomsburg lead to 26-22 with 5:38 left in the half. Kutztown came back to control the last few minutes, but the Huskies would hang onto the lead, taking a 33-32 advantage into halftime.

The Golden Bears came out strong in the second half, scoring the first five points and taking a 37-33 lead at the 17:48 mark. The Huskies responded, getting a three by Gallagher on their next trip down the floor, starting an 11-4 run as Bloomsburg took a 44-41 lead.

Kutztown came back, taking a 51-50 advantage at the 9:29 mark on a three by Meredith Starr. The Huskies responded with a 12-6 run, taking a 62-57 lead four minutes later. A layup by McQuade and another three by Starr tied the game less than two minutes later, but Bloomsburg took control over the final 3:34, going on an 8-0 run and eventually winning by five.

McQuade finished with 17 points while Starr had 14 for the Golden Bears. Gallagher went 9-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from beyond the three-point line in 38 minutes of action. Wieller had 18 points, going a perfect 8-of-8 from the foul line while freshman forward Christine Sereta (Drums/Hazleton Area) added 11 rebounds for the Huskies.

By virtue of the Bloomsburg as well as West Chester's 88-69 home win over East Stroudsburg and Cheyney's 71-66 victory over visiting Shippensburg today, the Huskies will be the third seed in the PSAC tournament and will travel back to second-seeded Kutztown on Tuesday night for rematch against the Golden Bears. Bloomsburg swept the season series, defeating Kutztown 46-45 at home earlier this year. Tip-off on Tuesday is set for 7:00 p.m.