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Overall team effort pushes women's basketball past Drew

(Posted February 4, 2011)

MADISON, N.J. -- An overall team effort, including solid rebounding and capitalizing off turnovers, pushed Juniata College women's basketball over Drew University, 70-45, Friday night at Baldwin Gym.

Juniata did not overwhelmingly outshoot Drew, yet there was a difference in Juniata's 44 rebounds compared to 29 from Drew, and the 23 points Juniata created off of Drew turnovers.

Juniata shot 38.5 percent from the floor (11-31), 33.3 percent from behind the arc (3-7), and made 82.4 percent of its free throws (6-7). The Eagles committed 14 turnovers. Drew shot 35.4 percent from the floor (7-22), 27.3 percent from behind the arc (2-10), and actually edged the Eagles in free throws made with 83.3 percent (5-6). Drew only capitalized eight points off of Juniata turnovers.

Tonight's game marked Juniata's fifth win in a row, with their only loss to Moravian College interrupting what would have been a nine game winning streak.

The last time the two teams matched up, Jordan Speck (Huntingdon, Pa./Southern Huntingdon) drained five 3-pointers, including four in the second half, to lead the Eagles to a 66-59 come-from-behind win on January 22.

Off the tip-off Juniata (15-6, 8-2 Landmark) got up two baskets before Drew (8-13, 1-9 Landmark) made it to the hoop thanks to senior forward Jen Hnatuck (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and junior guard Ashton Bankos (York, Pa./York Catholic). The Eagles pulled away for the first time as they held the Rangers at four points and went on a nine-point run.

With a minute left in the first half Natalie Glinsky (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) finished both of her foul shots and then Drew's Jen Mateo sunk the final free throw of the half to result in a 31-19 Juniata lead.

In the second half Juniata gained their largest lead by 29 with 2:45 left on the clock.

High scorers from this game include three Juniata players in the double digits. Senior Erin McGinley (Ashland, Pa./Tri-Valley) posted a team-high of 12 points, while Glinsky recorded 11 on perfect shooting from the free throw line (4-4), the floor (3-3), and three-point range (1-1). Hnatuck totaled 10 points and Alyssia Gordon (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) grabbed seven rebounds.

Drew's Victoria Ault and Dana Coronato each tallied a game-high of 13 points, while three Drew players including Jessica Reid, Whitney Mackay, Dana Coronato, each grabbed five rebounds.

Juniata returns to action on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 5, when it travels to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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