With the game at tied at 10-10, the Raiders went on a 15-1 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 25-11. The Lady Bulldogs pulled within five with 2:52 left in the second half, but solid free-throw shooting and rebounding allowed the Raiders to close it out.
Shippensburg (5-1, 2-0 PSAC East) got to the free-throw line a season high 45 times and converted on 32 attempts including 22-of-28 (79 percent) in the second half. Bowie State (3-1) was just 5-of-16 at the charity stripe.
Sophomore Stephanie Knauer led SU in points (20) and rebounds (15). Her 15 rebounds were a season high and the third-most in a single game in her career. She has recorded at least 20 points in five of the first six games this season.
Three other Raiders scored in double figures including 19 points for freshman Lauren Gold, which matches a career high. Senior Sarah Strybuc scored 16 points and sophomore Caitlyn Deeter added 10. Strybuc added seven assists and Gold recorded five.
Bowie State was paced offensively by Ashley Castle, who led all scorers with 27 points on 12-of-20 shooting.
For her efforts in the Raiders victory Knauer was named PSAC Eastern Division Women’s Basketball Player of the Week by the league.
Knauer posted her third double-double of the season with 15 rebounds to guide SU to victory. She had already recorded her double-double by halftime as she shot 6-of-8 from the floor and 8-of-13 from the free-throw line on the game to go along with an assist and a block.
Knauer now has scored 20 or more points in all but one game this season and ranks second in the PSAC with 19.3 points per game and fourth with 10.2 rebounds per game.
It is the eighth weekly award of her career and her first of the season. The honor is her first PSAC East Player of the Week award.
SU hosts division rival Bloomsburg Saturday at 1 p.m. at Heiges Field House.