The Slippery Rock women’s basketball team lost an away game to Seton Hill Saturday, Jan. 11, 82-76, despite pulling within one point of the Griffins with less than a minute remaining in regulation.
Slippery Rock (3-12, 1-8 PSAC) and Seton Hill (12-2, 7-2 PSAC) entered the fourth quarter tied at 61 and traded the lead until just over two minutes remaining with the score tied at 73.
A few Seton Hill 3-pointers stretched the lead over the next minute and the Griffins were able to ice the game by going three of four from the free-throw line to escape Slippery Rock’s upset bid.
Senior guard Brooke Hinderliter spearheaded Slippery Rock’s potential upset, going a perfect six for six from the free-throw line, en route to 14 second half points.
Slippery Rock was able to capitalize on 13 points of turnovers, which all came in the first half, compared to just one for Seton Hill, and 18 second chance points which doubled Seton Hill’s.
Despite shooting well above average from the 3-point line against Seton Hill, up to 33% from the season average of 28%, Slippery Rock could not capitalize as the Griffins sank nine threes to SRU’s five.
SRU: Hinderliter led Slippery Rock with 26 points fueled by a perfect 15 of 15 from the free throw line while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out three assists.
Senior forward LeeAnn Gibson scored a season high 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season.
Senior guard Madison Johnson and junior guard Daeja Quick rounded out the double digit scorers with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
SHU: Lexi Civittolo led Seton Hill with 15 points and nine rebounds while Katie Nolan recorded a double double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
SRU: With the loss, Slippery Rock falls to 3-12 this season and 1-8 in the conference.
With her 26 point night, Hinderliter moved into third place in Slippery Rock’s all-time leading scoring list. Her 1,485 points are only 276 points away from breaking Heather Kearney’s all-time record.
SHU: Seton Hill improves to 12-2 on the season and 7-2 in the conference with the win.
Seton Hill is firmly entrenched in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division with seven conference wins and owns an outside shot of winning the division.
Slippery Rock will be back in action Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Morrow Field House for a PSAC crossover showdown with Millersville. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.