The Raiders (8-2) maintained a comfortable lead throughout most of the contest as they finished the game shooting 49.2 percent from the field. The Griffins (6-5) stormed back midway through the second half when they went on an 11-2 run that lasted nearly five minutes to cut the SU lead to 57-55.
Sophomore Stephanie Knauer ended the surge, however, with a three-pointer with 6:53 left as SU out-scored the Griffins 22-16 the rest of the way.
Griffith recorded her third double-double of the season with 14 points (tied for her career high) and 11 rebounds on a 7-of-11 effort from the field. Sarah Strybuc led all scorers with 20 points in addition to dishing out a game-high seven assists while playing a bit of point guard after some injuries hampered SU’s rotation. Strybuc has scored 20 plus points in four contests this season and has reached double-figures in all but one game.
Shippensburg also received double-digit performances from Knauer (18 points) and sophomore Caitlyn Deeter (16).
Senior Lauren Barnett also played a key role in the Raider victory as she scored a season-high seven points and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds in a season-high 14 minutes of action.
Strybuc was also named the PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Week by the conference office after becoming the latest Raider to surpass the 1,000-point plateau for a career.
Strybuc earned the first Player of the Week award of her career after a three-game week that included 68 points, 10 assists and nine three-pointers. She is the second SU athlete to earn a Player of the Week award, joining Stephanie Knauer on December 2.
Strybuc averaged 22.7 points per game, led the team in scoring in each contest and played all but six minutes in a 2-1 week for the Raiders that included a road win over UPJ and a home win over Seton Hill.
She began the week with a career high 36 points at UPJ, shooting 11-of-20 from the field including 12-of-13 at the free-throw line.
At IUP, Strybuc surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for her career with a three-pointer with five minutes to go. She finished that game scoring 12 points.
Overall for the week she was 17-of-19 at the free-throw line, putting her ninth in the conference for the statistic (80.4 percent). She also ranks third in the PSAC in scoring (20 ppg).
SU returns to action Jan. 3, 2014, when it hosts California (Pa.) at 1 p.m.