By Alex Quin
During Hall of Fame weekend at KU, the Golden Bears Women’s team (8-12, PSAC 5-11) took on the Shippensburg Raiders (18-4, PSAC 13-4). KU came into this game on a three game losing streak and fell to 6-7 at home.
Shippensburg began the game by taking a quick 5-0 lead and would go on to control the tempo for most of the quarter. KU was able to come back in the closing minutes and managed to take the lead with a minute left in the first and ended at 15-11.
When the second quarter began, Shippensburg started the same way as they did in the first and quickly retook the lead thanks in part to their strong 3-pt performance. The Raiders were able to control the rest of the quarter and headed into the second half with a 37-42 lead.
In the third quarter, Shippensburg took full control of the game. The Raiders were able to run up a 10 point lead with 6:03 left in the third. Though KU made a few close runs to close the gap, they were never able to retake the lead and went into the fourth down 57-64.
KU ended strong in the fourth after a slow start to the quarter. After trailing the majority of the quarter, the Golden Bears were able to take a 75-74 lead with 2:26 left. Unfortunately, Shippensburg was able to retake the lead and ended the game with an 81-86 victory over KU. Shippensburg shot well throughout the game at going 9-19 from the 3-pt line.
Despite the loss, the game should be noted for Natalya Lee’s stellar performance. The senior tied a KU record for assists with 14 and also scored 9 points. Kelsey Watson and Gina Lewis, who scored 18 points each, led the Golden Bears.
Morgan Griffith of Shippensburg led all scorers with 27 points in a strong performance and scored her 1,000th point of her career.