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Alumni Report: Scranton, Marywood Women Play In Cross County Challenge

Alumni Report: Scranton, Marywood women play in Cross County Challenge

Three JB Hoops alumni were in action Tuesday night when the University of Scranton hosted Marywood University in women’s basketball.

Bridgette Mann was the game’s leading scorer with 24 points and Emily Sheehan joined her in the starting lineup as Scranton defeated Marywood, 76-53.

Gab Giordano, who started the first two games, played the most minutes of players coming off the Marywood bench with 22.

The two teams spent the start of the season playing for local bragging rights.

Scranton beat Wilkes University and King’s College in the Cross County Challenge and is 3-0. Marywood also played in the event and lost to the same two Wilkes-Barre schools as part of its 0-3 start.

Mann went 9-for-13, including 4-for-7 on 3-pointers, against Marywood. She also had seven rebounds and three assists.

Marywood led, 21-18, after one quarter, but Mann hit a 3-pointer to open the second, erasing the lead for good. She had eight points as Scranton went on a 17-0 run to begin the quarter and take control, 35-21.

The 5-foot-6 junior guard from Wallenpaupack is the team’s leading scorer at 15.7 points per game. She has a team-high nine 3-pointers and is 10-for-12 from the line. She also shares team leads in rebounds with 20, all of them defensive, and in assists with 10.

Sheehan, a sophomore guard, had six points Tuesday.

The Dunmore graduate has shown an accurate shooting touch while starting the first three games and averaging 7.0 points. She is 4-for-7 on 3-pointers, 7-for-10 overall from the floor and 3-for-4 from the line.

Giordano had three points and four rebounds against Scranton.

The 5-7 junior from Holy Cross is averaging 7.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

Catie Nealon, who joins Giordano in coaching girls teams at Backcourt Hoops, was Marywood’s second-leading scorer in the loss to Scranton with 11 points. She was 3-for-4 on 3-pointers and also had two assists.

The 5-6 senior guard from Abington Heights is 6-for-11 on 3-pointers while averaging 7.0 points and 1.7 assists.

Another former Lackawanna League player, Erika Bistran, a freshman from Dunmore, led Marywood in the loss to Scranton with 14 points.

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