Through 11 games this season Shawnee State women’s basketball is 8-3, just one game off the pace of last season’s record through the same number of games.
Not bad for a team that plays a ton of underclassmen.
Friday the Bears picked up win No. 7 75-46 against Roberts Wesleyan and on Saturday SSU knocked off Daemen 65-49.
Keilee Guthrie had a good weekend for the Bears, scoring a career-high 19 against Roberts Wesleyan and then added eight more on Saturday.
The high-point performance of the tournament for the Bears came from Jill Cropper, who turned in 28-point, five rebound performance against Daemen. Cropper had 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks against Roberts Wesleyan.
Against Daemen, the Bears rolled to a first-half lead of 38-20 and never looked back. The win over Daemen avenged 69-53 loss to the Wildcats on Nov. 19 in New York.
“We were so bad in the second half up at their place,” SSU coach Robin Hagen-Smith told WNXT Radio after the game. “We were totally embarrassed... They took it to heart. They knew that we beat ourselves up there and that we needed to get down to business and they did.”
Sarah Soroka, who came into Saturday’s game averaging 22.5 points per game was the Wildcats leading scorer with 12 points.
In Friday’s contest the Bears had the lead throughout the entire game and held a 37-22 lead at the break.
The Raiders looked strong at the start of the second half, opening up with a 6-1 run that cut Shawnee State’s lead to 10 but that was as close as it got.
Shawnee outscored Roberts Wesleyan 38-24 in the second half.
A total of seven players scored for Shawnee State in the win, and four of them reached double-digit figures.
Sophomore Alex Pohl, who came in off the bench, got a double-double in the win, recording a career-high 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
Sophomore Catrice Mitchell was also a major factor with 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
The Raiders’ Brittany McMillion led Roberts Wesleyan’s scoring efforts with 13 points, while Brittany Williams also chipped in with 12.
Shawnee State continues its four-game home stand at 6 p.m. Thursday against University of Virginia-Wise. The Bears then host Pikeville at 2 p.m. on Dec. 18 before breaking for the holidays.