Bloomsburg takes down Indiana (Pa.)
Noack tallies career-high 22 points to power Huskies by Vulcans
EDINBORO, Pa. -- Bloomsburg (26-4) advanced to the PSAC championship game following a 75-67 victory against 21st-ranked Indiana (Pa.) (22-6) on Friday evening.
Catherine Noack led all scorers with a career-high 22 points as she went 6-of-7 from the field and knocked down five 3-pointers. As a team the Huskies did not shoot the ball extremely well from the field but instead excelled at the free throw line as they made 34-of-39 attempts.
Bloomsburg got off to a slow start as the Crimson Hawks jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game. Indiana's lead would hover around seven points until they went up by nine with 10:56 to play in the half.
The Huskies responded with a 9-0 run that tied things up at 20-20. Bloomsburg would take their first lead of the game at 25-24 with 6:31 to play but would see it erased as the Crimson Hawks went on a 7-0 run to take a six-point edge.
From that point on Bloomsburg would close out the first half on an 11-4 run to take a 36-35 lead into halftime. Noack led the Huskies in the first half with 11 points on 3-for-3 shooting from beyond the arc. Lauren Ellis and Danielle Derr combined for nine first-half rebounds.
|PSAC TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS|
|Bloomsburg 75, Indiana (Pa.) 67|
|Edinboro 74, West Chester 58|
|Conference Championship Central|
In the second half, the game remained close as the lead changed eight times and three ties occurred. From the 14:44 mark on Bloomsburg held the lead until Indiana took a 60-59 lead with 5:42 to play. Kayla Oxenrider answered on Bloomsburg's next possession as she hit a step-back jumper. However, Indiana's Marita Mathe responded right back as she drained a 3-pointer to take a two-point lead.
With 4:02 to play, Kelsey Gallagher was sent to the line for two shots. Gallagher would make both attempts, tying the game at 63-63. Her free throws would spark a 14-4 run by the Huskies as they closed out the Crimson Hawks 75-67. All of Bloomsburg's 14 points came via the free throw line as the Huskies went a perfect 14-for-14 from the charity stripe.
Noack led all scorers with 22 points while grabbing four rebounds. Dana Wieller added another 13 points as she went 8-for-8 from the free throw line. She also had a game-high five steals. Oxenrider finished with 12 points while Ellis scored seven and grabbed nine boards.
For the Crimson Hawks, Sarah Pastorek led the team with 19 points and seven rebounds.