By Anthony Fabrikant
Saturday, in the final home game of the season, ESU (13-12) defeated Lock Haven (11-15) with strong performances from seniors Michelle Boggs, Melissa Poderis, and Tyeca Reviere with a final score of 65-55.
ESU recognized their seniors before the game, and Poderis had a performance she won’t soon forget as she cracked ESU’s top ten for career assists by accumulating 238 through her 101 games played as a Warrior.
Reviere led all scorers in the contest with fifteen points in her last start at Koehler Fieldhouse.
She also blocked one shot, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out three assists while hitting eight of her ten free throw attempts in leading the charge for ESU.
Fellow seniors Poderis and Boggs combined to add seven points, eleven rebounds, and five assists.
Rachel Falkowski and Imani Brown scored eleven points each, and Falkowski led the team with seven rebounds.
These contributions were vital to the Warriors’ victory as the team struggled by only shooting 31.7 percent in the game.
Defense kept ESU ahead as they forced 24 turnovers and blocked ten Lock Haven shots, refusing to allow the visitors to accumulate any momentum.
Rebecca Rutkowski contributed seven points on the bench, but made her mark on the game through her dominant defensive play, which resulted in her blocking five shots in the game.
This came as no surprise being as Rutkowski currently leads the PSAC in blocks per game (2.2).
Lock Haven was able to stay within striking distance of the Warriors throughout the game, but every time they inched within four points, the Warriors made a defensive stand or hit a pivotal three to maintain their lead.
LHU was led with strong performances from starters J.J. Hilliard (ten points, three rebounds, and three assists) and Mackenzie Livingston (twelve points, five rebounds, and four assists).
ESU heads into their final game of the regular season on Wednesday (at Millersville) with the chance to maintain their position as the fourth seed in the PSAC Tournament.
If the Warriors maintain their current seed, they’ll host their first round game on Saturday, Feb. 27.
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