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March 14, 2014

Women's basketball: Bloomsburg wins first NCAA tourney game since 2001

GLENVILLE, W. Va. — Many of Bloomsburg’s women’s basketball players were in elementary school the last time the Huskies won an NCAA tournament game.

Now the Huskies can say that they were a part of giving Bloomsburg their next NCAA win.

Virginia State cut the Huskies’ lead to single digits late but Bloomsburg finished strong to seal a 75-57 win in the first round of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional, Bloomsburg’s first NCAA tournament win since 2001.

After Virginia State (25-3) rallied to cut the Bloomsburg (25-4) lead to seven, 61-54, with 3:29 to play, the Huskies exploded for 14 straight points only answered by a last-second 3-pointer from the Trojans.

Brianna Dudeck started the run with a 3-pointer and Marla Simmons scored seven of her 11 points in the game-sealing run.

After the game was tight early, the Huskies scored eight straight points to take a 13-5 lead, an advantage that the Huskies did not give up for the rest of the game.

Catherine Noack and Dudeck each hit 3-pointers in the final minute of the first half to give the Huskies momentum heading into the second half, with a 38-20 lead at the break.

Noack led the way for the Huskies with a game-high 19 points, including three 3-pointers for statistically one of the most prolific active long-range shooters in Division II, ranking fifth among active players with 239 career 3-pointers.

Adreana Sadowski added 13 points for Bloomsburg, knocking down seven of her eight free throws.

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