BLOOMSBURG — One day after blasting Lock Haven on the road, the Slippery Rock women’s basketball team dropped a 57-52 decision at Bloomsburg Sunday afternoon.
erased a 20-point third quarter deficit and tied the game with 1:37 remaining in regulation, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback in a 57-52 loss at Bloomsburg University Sunday.
The loss dropped The Rock’s record to 4-4 overall and 3-1 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference competition.
The Huskies played their way to what was thought to be a safe 40-20 lead with five minutes remaining in the third quarter after everything that could go wrong for The Rock seemingly did for the first 25 minutes of play. SRU shot just 18.9 percent (7-for-37) from the field and committed 12 turnovers over the first two and a half quarters.
Undeterred by its poor start, Slippery Rock slowly started to claw its way back into the game by trimming four points off of Bloomsburg’s lead to make it a 50-34 game heading into the fourth quarter. Slippery Rock then controlled the fourth period as it stormed back into the game with an 18-2 run to tie the contest at 52-52 with 1:37 left to play.
Ciara Patterson was dynamic over the run. She scored 11 points off of a trio of 3-pointers and a game-tying layup. Keystone’s Madison Johnson scored three points during the spurt as well while Mallory Heinle and Morgan Henderson each added two points with Henderson also passing out two assists and Heinle grabbing three rebounds.
Redbank Valley’s Brooke Hinderliter added nine points and eight rebounds, six of which were offensive boards. Heinle came off the bench to score five points, grab six rebounds and make a career-high matching four steals. Fellow reserve Sierra Fordham scored seven of SRU’s first 10 points Sunday.
Saturday in an 84-63 win at Lock Haven, Hinderliter, last week’s PSAC-West Athlete of the Week, scored a game-high 27 points to go with five rebounds, four of which came on the offensive glass, two assists and one steal. Hinderliter went 9-for-15 from the field overall, 2-for-3 from 3-point territory and a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line.
Henderson provided The Rock with one of her best games of the season. The junior forward scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, blocked one shot and came away with one steal.
Patterson also finished in double figures with 11 points. Defensively, Patterson made a game-best three steals. LeeAnn Gibson made her third start of the season, finishing with six points, six rebounds, one block and one steal. Four of Gibson’s six rebounds were of the offensive variety.
Going into Saturday’s game at Millersville, Hinderliter leads Slippery Rock in scoring (16.3 ppg.), rebounding (6.4), assists (2.4 apg.) while shooting a team-best 86 percent (37-for-43) from the foul line.