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Alumni Report: Mann joins 1,000-point club in junior season at Scranton

Bridgette Mann reached a career milestone with a career-best scoring effort.

Mann scored 30 points, including the 1,000th of her career, Wednesday night to lead the University of Scranton to a 98-94, overtime victory over visiting Moravian College in a key Landmark Conference women’s basketball game.

Scranton, the nation’s 17th-ranked NCAA Division III team, improved to 4-1 in the Landmark and 15-1 overall with its 10th straight victory. Moravian fell to 2-3 and 12-4.

Mann also had a game-high seven assists.

The junior guard, who is a Wallenpaupack High School and JB Hoops graduate, leads the Lady Royals in scoring, assists, minutes played, field goals made, 3-pointers made and free throws made.

Mann is averaging 16.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 43.5 percent from the floor, 45.8 on 3-pointers and 84.6 on foul shots.

The overtime game helped the Lady Royals produce their highest-scoring effort since a 100-69 romp over Salem State Dec. 30, 2004.

Mann became the 29th player in the program’s history to reach the 1,000-point mark when she banked in a short jump shot with 6:37 left in regulation.

After 16 lead changes, including three in overtime, Scranton pulled out the win in overtime with Mann providing the clinching two free throws to close the scoring.

Mann played 40 minutes, shooting 9-for-17 from the floor, 3-for-4 on 3-pointers and 9-for-10 from the line while committing just 2 turnovers.

The game was the 77th straight start for Mann during her career at Scranton. After earning Landmark Conference Freshman of the Year, then second-team, all-star honors as a sophomore, Mann has scored in double figures in all but one game this season.

Mann led the way as the three JB Hoops alumni in the game combined for 50 points.

Dunmore graduate Emily Sheehan went 5-for-7 while matching her season scoring high with 12 points. She also had a game-high three steals and two assists before fouling out.

The sophomore guard leads the Lady Royals with 15 steals. She has started every game and is averaging 6.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

Julia Sirotnak, a freshman guard from Scranton Prep, saw the most playing time off the Moravian bench. She had 8 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Sirotnak was 2-for-4 on 3-pointers and hit her only shot from inside the arc.

Sirotnak is Moravian’s most accurate 3-point shooter. In 15 games, she is averaging 3.5 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor, 35.3 on 3-pointers and 71.4 on foul shots.

The 23 minutes was the most of Sirotnak’s season and the 8 points was her second-highest scoring effort.

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