Saturday, December 11, 2010

ESU Women’s Basketball Drops Non-Conference Game vs. Seton Hill

EAST STROUDSBURG – Seton Hill opened the second half with a 33-2 run to pull away from a four-point halftime lead and went on to a 75-44 win over East Stroudsburg University in non-conference women’s basketball on Saturday afternoon at Koehler Fieldhouse.

Jordan Burkes scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures for Seton Hill (6-1), which was 23-8 last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Joya Whittington had six points, nine rebounds and seven assists, Paige Alviani scord 12 points, Anne Marie Olesky had 11 and Ryenn Micaletti chipped in with 10.

Burkes entered the game as the leading scorer in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) with 21.3 points per game and scored nine points in the first eight minutes of the second half. She was limited to 12 minutes in the first half due to foul trouble but ended up with 15 points in 22 minutes, shooting 4-for-5 from the field and 6-for-7 at the foul line to improve to 48-for-52 at the line this season. The Griffins’ run covered the first 11:27 of the second period.

Sophomore center Kelly Sorber scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half and had five rebounds and one block for ESU (1-5). Sophomore guard Barb Borst had nine points, six rebounds and three assists and freshman forward Nicole Hill contributed six points and seven rebounds.

The first half featured six ties and seven lead changes, and the Warriors led 27-25 with 2:30 left in the opening period before Seton Hill surged to a 33-29 halftime lead on a three-pointer by Ryenn Micaletti in the final 10 seconds.

Sorber scored eight of the Warriors’ first 16 points and the score was deadlocked at 16-all midway through the opening period. Burkes had a three-point play and hit two more free throws and Micaletti drained a jumper to give Seton Hill its largest lead of the first half (23-16).

Borst pulled the Warriors back within three with a three-pointer and redshirt junior forward Brittany McClain tied the game at 23-all with just under four minutes left. Borst and sophomore forward Mia Waring scored to make it 27-25 before Whittington set up a layup by Clare Berenato and had a three-point play to put Seton Hill back in front, 30-27. Sorber scored her final bucket of the first half on an assist from Borst with 24 seconds left but Micaletti extended the lead with her three-pointer to finish the period.

Olesky scored eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, in a 16-0 Seton Hill run to start the second half as the Griffins ran away. They shot 46.7 percent (14-30) from the field and 5-for-10 from long distance to score 42 points in the final 20 minutes. ESU shot 40 percent (12-30) in the first half but just 24 percent (6-25) in the second.

The Warriors will break this week for finals before traveling to Caldwell next Saturday for a non-conference game at 1 p.m.

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