Big fourth quarter lifts women’s basketball to a win

Published by The Rocket, Author: Stephen Cukovich - Assistant Sports Editor, Date: December 10, 2017
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After trailing by four points by the end of the third quarter, The Rock women’s basketball team was able to rack up 31 fourth quarter points on their way to an 85-72 victory over Millersville University (3-5) on Saturday afternoon.

The win improves the Green and White’s record to 5-4 on the season, while they improve their Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) record to 4-1 on the season, which places them currently in fifth place in the PSAC West.

Millersville found themselves ahead early over SRU as they lead 10-2 just over two minutes into the game.  They were then able to stretch their lead to 11 points with just over seven minutes to play in the half.  Early turnovers by The Rock proved costly, but SRU was able to cut the deficit to four points by halftime off a 21-15 run late in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, neither team was able to knock the other one away, as both teams were able to tally a modest 18 points in the third, as the Marauders were able to keep their four point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter belonged to the Green and White, as they outscored Millersville 31-14 in the fourth on their way to an 85-72 road victory.

Overall, The Rock shot 51 percent from the field, while shooting 47 percent from three point land.  SRU out rebounded Millersville 40-34, but committed 20 turnovers to the Marauders 11.

Leading the scoring for The Rock was senior guard Ciara Patterson with 28 points, as she went seven of eight from the field, including five of six from three point range.  Junior forward Morgan Henderson followed Patterson with 16 points, three rebounds, with a block and a steal to add, while redshirt sophomore guard Madison Johnson and sophomore guard Brooke Hinderliter both came one rebound shy of a double-double.

The Rock will take a short break for finals week, with their next match-up coming on Tuesday Dec. 19 in a home non-conference game against West Virginia Wesleyan College (4-4) with a 5:00 p.m. tip-off at Morrow Field House.

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