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Seven Pioneers Score at least Six in Season Opener

Shaulis bringing the ball down the court.

Seven Pioneers scored at least six points as the Alfred State women's basketball team opened up the 2018-19 season. Bluefield State jumped out to a 1st half lead and didn't let the blue & gold rally as they earned a 81-52 victory in day one of the USCAA Classic at Penn State Fayette.

Alfred State trailed 16-13 after the 1st quarter but the Big Blues pushed their lead to double-digits in the 2nd quarter and led 40-27 at halftime. In the 3rd, the Pioneers cut the lead to seven, 48-41 late in the quarter but they could not get any closer. BSC outscored ASC 31 to 9 in the 4th to seal the victory.

Emily Kelley (Wellsville) had nine points and 10 boards to lead the way in her collegiate debut. Kesley Shaulis (Ovid/South Seneca) also scored nine points while Janae Gibson (Bronx/Pelham Prep) added seven points and seven rebounds. Rayanna Anderson (Wellsville) and Skylar Shaulis (Ovid/South Seneca) both finished with seven while AP Acosta (Bronx/Evander Childs) and Emily Benes (Buffalo/Mount Mercy) both had six.

The Pioneers shot 28.6% from the field and only 50% (12 for 24) from the foul line.

Kara Sandy led Bluefield State with 15 points while Lyndsay Hatfield and Jemiah Brittnum both finished with nine. The Big Blues shot 39.1% from the field, 67.9% (19 for 28) from the foul line, and held a 46 to 39 advantage on the boards.

The Pioneers are right back on the court tomorrow afternoon when they play Penn State Greater Allegheny in day two of the USCAA Classic.