This past weekend showcased one of the PSAC’s best rivalries: Millersville versus Kutztown as both teams threw down on the basketball courts. The highly anticipated women’s match started off this school rivalry on Saturday afternoon.
The Millersville women’s team, who was on a four-game win streak going into the game, started their bout off right as they jumped to a quick lead with the help of Aurielle Mosley scoring the team’s first seven points. Celeste Robinson gave Millersville their first lead of 12 points in the first half when she sank her free throw with 10:42 left in the first half. Two possessions following this lead, Carly Gallagher got their lead of 12 points right back with her jumper. At this point in the game the score was 23-11 and the last time that Millersville held a 12-point lead was on a Robinson layup with 1:29 remaining in the half. At half time the score was Millersville 41-31.
Coming out of the break, Millersville increased their lead to 14 with 16:41 left in play when Mosley sunk her layup. With 11:28 remaining, Kutztown started to mount their comeback as they cut the deficit to single digits. Millersville began to fall off a bit as they got just two points over the next 5:13 of game play. Following a Kutztown layup, the game was tied at 53. 17 seconds later however, double-double holder Mashira Newman who posted 11 rebounds, scored two of her 13 points with a crucial layup. After this change of lead, Kutztown failed to even the score again, and Millersville went on to win by five. With the women’s team playing so well, the men had some pretty big shoes to fill in their match on Monday against Kutztown.
The men now needed to deliver in order to complete the sweep and give Millersville the advantage over Kutztown. All game Millersville seemed to trail as over 25 of the 40 minutes, the game belonged to Kutztown. Although Millersville never trailed by more than 6, Kutztown’s lead seemed like it would never go away. This changed however when Millersville took a one point lead with 3:20 left in play.
Even once Millersville got over the hump and took the lead, both teams exchanged the lead four more times over the rest of the game. The lead changes led to overtime, which allowed Millersville to secure their footing in the game and ensure their victory. Kutztown couldn’t catch up from a 58-60 deficit with 58 seconds to go because the Marauders won the game from the free throw line shooting 6-8. Kutztown’s final three possessions were stalled by the rock solid MU defense.
The Millersville men’s team showed some good stats throughout this game as well. Jaymes Miller led the team in points as he shot 8-9 with 18 points in this game. Anthony Coleman led the team in steals with a remarkable 7 as well as scoring 12 points and tallying 6 assists. Coleman now has scored in double digits in seven consecutive games, and he is shooting 48 percent from the field in this stretch. Elijah Obade led the team with 3 blocks, and he also added 12 points. His three blocks added to his PSAC-leading total of 65. Obade also broke the Millersville single-season record held by Antwine Moore (1995-96) with his 65 blocks.
Both teams played very well, and these wins for both teams will go a long way in their efforts to play in the post-season. With the men’s team record now at 16-9 and 12-7 in the PSAC, and the women’s team record now at 17-6 with a 14-5 record in the PSAC, both teams are in great shape moving forward in their seasons.