Shippensburg’s Ariel Jones breaks three records in one game

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – Senior Ariel Jones (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) posted a career-high 51 points Monday night, breaking three major records: the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) single-game record, NCAA Division II career free throws set a record and PSAC career points record as the Raiders dominated the second half, defeating Millersville 90-74 at Pucillo High School.

Jones surpassed Shippensburg University Hall of Famer Lauren Beckley’s school and PSAC career points record of 2,407 — she only needed four to get in Monday night but now has 2,455 points after her 51-point blast. It’s the most points by a woman in an NCAA Division II game in more than two years since Drury’s Hailey Diestelkamp scored 53 points against Rockhurst on Feb. 29, 2020.

Meanwhile, her 14-of-14 performance at the free throw line on Monday put her past West Texas A&M’s Emily Brister to become the NCAA Division II record holder for free throws. It took Jones five to pass Brister (763) and more than surpassed that mark.

“I only knew about the one record, I didn’t know about the free throws,” Jones said afterwards.

By the end of the evening, Jones was 15 of 25 (60 percent) off the field, 7 of 14 (50 percent) from the three-point line, and perfect at the free-throw line (14 of 25). -14). The 51 points dwarfs the previous record of 48 points shared by Jones (achieved earlier this season against Mercyhurst) and Millersville’s Terri Gunder (set against Rowan in 1971).

“I think the pressure was a little less because she only needed four points,” said head coach Kristy Trn. “I hope it’s a big load off their shoulders because I’ve been talking about this for four years.”

Trn added, “I feel very blessed. I was blessed to have coach Lauren Beckley and now Ariel has given me a second chance to feel that. I thought it was a great gesture that Mr and Mrs Beckley were here at the game tonight to pass the torch to Ariel.”

Jones scored her first bucket of the night less than two minutes into the game, and at the 6-11 mark in the first quarter, Jones banked her first three-pointer of the night to officially break the all-time PSAC career point record. However, Shippensburg (15-3, 10-2 PSAC) trailed by six points early in the second quarter.

Early in the second quarter, SU made three consecutive threes (two by Jones and one by graduate Erin Gibbons (Swoyersville, Pa/Wyoming Valley West (Mansfield))) to take a one-point lead. The game went back and forth, with a 32-32 tie and less than six seconds remaining, only for Millersville (10-8, 6-6) to make a late jumper to gain a two-point lead score halftime.

The third quarter was the turning point for the Raiders as Gibbons hit back-to-back threes, a fastbreak layup by Junior Treasure George (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) and a fastbreak jumper by Jones that gave the Raiders an eight. Points lead, 46-38.

SU didn’t stop the momentum from there, going on a 6-2 run to have a 52-42 lead. The Marauders ended up coming back with back-to-back threes to reduce the deficit to three points. At the 2:16 mark of the third quarter, Jones hit two free throws to break Brister’s NCAA Division II record.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Raiders were five points ahead. Jones was red hot from across the arc, making all three tries in the quarter and going 7 of 7 at the free throw line. SU was 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the field and 12-of-13 (92.3 percent) at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

With 3:12 left, Jones had 44 points, but she scored seven more points to earn sole possession of the conference record. She had 22 points in the fourth quarter alone, one point fewer than Millersville had in the fourth quarter (23 points).

Jones added a team-high of six assists and had six rebounds and two steals. Her seven three-pointers and 15 field goals are both new career highs. She also drew 14 fouls in an unforgettable night.

Sophomore Abbie Miller (Camp Hill, Pa./Cumberland Valley) had her fifth game in double digits this season with 13 points and catching five rebounds. Gibbons added nine points, equaled Jones with a team-high six assists and had two rebounds. Lauren Pettis (Harrisburg, Pa./Susquehanna Township), a PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Week graduate, had eight rebounds, eight points, a block and a steal.

Shippensburg hosts Shepherd at Heiges Field House at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Ariel’s records and career highs tonight:

  • 51 points – all-time PSAC single-game scoring record – tie for 10th place in NCAA Division II singles-game history
  • 2,455 career points – PSAC career points record all-time
  • 773 free throws made – NCAA Division II all-time career free throws
  • Made 14 of 14 free throws – career best single-game free throw percentage
  • 7 three-pointers made – career-high (a three-pointer shies away from tying SU’s single-game record)
  • 15 field goals – career highlight
  • 18 points in the first half, 33 points in the second half (points per quarter: 7-11-11-22) Shippensburg’s Ariel Jones breaks three records in one game

Brian Ashcraft is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button