BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — Danielle Derr scored a team-high 19 points to lead 25th-ranked Bloomsburg to an 84-59 win against 15th-ranked Edinboro on Sunday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. The Fighting Scots are the two-time defending PSAC champions.
Bloomsburg (5-0, 2-0 PSAC) led for nearly the entire game and shot 57 percent from the field for the game, while limiting Edinboro (3-2, 1-1 PSAC) to just 34 percent shooting from the floor. The win also avenged two losses last year to the Fighting Scots, including a loss in the PSAC championship game.
The teams played evenly through the opening three minutes of action and were tied at 7-all before the Huskies Catherine Noack hit a 3-pointer that put the Huskies up for good with 16:23 to go in the first half.
Later with the Huskies on top by a point, 20-19, Bloomsburg used a 9-0 run to open a double-digit lead. Derr scored on back-to-back possessions with Oxenrider hitting three free throws and Wieller adding a bucket in the run.
After Edinboro cut the lead back to seven points with 3:34 to play, the Huskies closed out the half on a 13-7 run to lead 42-29 at the break. In the opening 20 minutes of play the Huskies forced 14 turnovers by the Fighting Scots and scored 16 points off those turnovers.
Edinboro started the second half cutting the lead to 10 points, 42-32, but from there it was all Bloomsburg.
The Huskies put together a 14-4 run led by eight points from Wieller to go up 56-36 with 15:26 to play. After seeing Edinboro briefly cut the lead to 18 points, the Huskies went inside to Derr who scored six of eight Bloomsburg points in a two-minute stretch to make it a 25-point lead, 71-46.
With less than a minute to play Bloomsburg took its biggest lead of the game, 27 points, when Jocelyn Ford scored for the Huskies. Two late free throws by Edinboro made the final 84-59.
“We played so well [Sunday],” Huskies head coach Bill Cleary said. “We played with intensity from start to finish and were very focused. It was a fun game to be part of.”
Derr’s previous best scoring game was 14 points against Kutztown last year. Along with Derr in double figures, Wieller finished with 14, while Kayla Oxenrider scored 13 points. Alyssa Flanagan chipped in with nine points, six rebounds and six assists.
Edinboro got a game-high 23 points from Kiarra Brown, who was the only player in double figures for the Fighting Scots.