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D-II BASKETBALL: Shoats, Planutis, Loyd post 20-point games

By Bob Franceski,

A recap of the week of January 9-15 for District 2 graduates in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II basketball:



Shoats is a 5-foot-11 freshman guard from Holy Redeemer

Springer is a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward from Wallenpaupack

Team results

Week – 1-1; Season – 11-3 overall, 7-2 PSAC

Wednesday – at Mansfield University, Lost 76-64

Saturday – at Kutztown University, Won 87-77

Shoats individual statistics

at Mansfield University– Came off the bench, played 28 minutes; 6/8 FG, 4/4 FT, 16 points; 1 defensive rebound; 2 assists; 3 turnovers.

at Kutztown University – Came off the bench, played 24 minutes; 9/13 FG, 1/2 on 3-pointers, 4/5 FT, 23 points; 1 offensive rebound; 1 assist; 1 turnover; 1 block.

Springer individual statistics

at Mansfield University – Came off the bench, played 5 minutes; no shots; 1 defensive rebound; 1 block.

at Kutztown University – Came off the bench, played 5 minutes; 2/2 FT, 2 points; 2 defensive rebounds; 1 block.


Shoats scored a career-high 23 points against Kutztown and was one of four Bald Eagles to score in double figures. … Shoats is averaging 10.3 points per game.

The week ahead

Lock Haven hosts West Chester University Wednesday and Millersville University Saturday.



6-foot-6 redshirt junior guard from Hazleton Area

Team result

Week – 2-0; Season – 11-2 overall, 7-2 PSAC

Wednesday – vs. Shepherd University, Won 70-45

Saturday – vs. Slippery Rock University, Won 81-51

Individual statistics

vs. Shepherd University – Started, played 28 minutes; 3/7 FG, 1/2 on 3-pointers, 2/2 FT, 9 points; 2 defensive rebounds; 1 block.

vs. Slippery Rock University – Started, played 27 minutes; 10/14 FG, 3/4 on 3-pointers, 23 points; 3 offensive, 6 defensive, 9 total rebounds; 2 assists; 1 steal.


Against Slippery Rock University, Planutis scored 20 points or more in a game for the fifth time this season, continuing to show himself as one of the top scorers in the conference. … Planutis leads the Lakers in scoring at 15.8 points per game.

The week ahead

Mercyhurst travels to California University of PA Wednesday and hosts Gannon University Saturday.



6-foot-5 freshman guard from Scranton

Team results

Week – 1-1; Season 9-8; 5-2 CACC

Tuesday – at Goldey-Beacom, Lost 77-72

Sunday – vs. Bloomfield, Won 97-87

Individual statistics

at Goldey-Beacom – Came off the bench, played 4 minutes; 0/1 FG, 0/1 on 3-pointers, 0 points; no other statistics.

vs. Bloomfield – Did not play


In its last two games, Jefferson has scored 40 or more points in three of the four halves. … Jefferson was hurt by 20 turnovers in the loss to Goldey-Beacom. … Jefferson shot 41.4 percent (12-of-29) from 3-point range in the win against Bloomfield.

The week ahead

 Jefferson travels to Holy Family Tuesday and hosts Alliance (formerly Nyack) Saturday.



6-foot-6 junior forward from Dallas

Team results

Week – 2-0; Season – 14-1 overall, 8-1 PSAC

Wednesday – vs. Bloomsburg University, Won 91-73

Saturday – at Millersville University, Won 86-75

Individual statistics

vs. Bloomsburg University – Did not play

at Millersville University – Did not play


Leading 67-61 with just over nine minutes remaining, the No. 19/22 ESU Warriors closed the game with a 24-12 run. … With the victory over Bloomsburg, ESU head coach Jeff Wilson moves to fifth all-time in the PSAC with 371 career wins, passing Dick Delaney (West Chester, 1987-2008).

The week ahead

East Stroudsburg travels to Shepherd University Wednesday and hosts West Chester University Saturday.



5-foot-11 sophomore guard/forward from Holy Redeemer

Team results

Week – 2-0; Season – 15-2 overall, 7-0 CACC

Tuesday – at Golden-Beacom, Won 90-67

Sunday – vs. Bloomfield, Won 76-56

Individual statistics

at Goldey-Beacom – Started, played 33 minutes; 4/10 FG, 4/4 FT, 12 points; 7 offensive, 8 defensive, 15 total rebounds; 4 turnovers; 1 steal.

vs. Bloomfield – Started, played 27 minutes; 5/8 FG, 10 points; 4 offensive, 7 defensive, 11 total rebounds; 2 assists; 2 steals; 1 turnover.


Yencha’s two double-doubles this week give her 8 for the season and 10 for her career.

The week ahead

Jefferson travels to Holy Family Tuesday and hosts Alliance (formerly Nyack) Saturday.



Loyd is a 5-foot-7 senior guard from Scranton

Harris is a 5-foot-9 sophomore guard/forward from Wilkes-Barre Area and Meyers

Team result

Week 1-1; Season – 10-5 overall, 6-3 PSAC

Wednesday – vs. Edinboro, Won 69-59

Saturday – at Gannon, Lost 70-63

Loyd’s Individual statistics

vs. Edinboro – Started, played 39 minutes; 4/13 FG, 1/2 on 3-pointers, 5/6 FT, 14 points; 7 defensive rebounds; 11 assists; 8 turnovers; 2 steals.

at Gannon – Started, played 31 minutes; 9/17 FG, 0/3 on 3-pointers, 2/3 FT, 20 points; 2 defensive rebounds; 4 assists; 7 turnovers.

Harris’ individual statistics

vs. Edinboro – Started, played 22 minutes; 5/8 FG, 10 points; 2 offensive, 4 defensive, 6 total rebounds; 2 turnovers; 2 blocks; 2 steals.

at Gannon – Started, played 18 minutes; 2/5 FG, 4 points; 4 offensive, 1 defensive, 5 total rebounds; 1 block.


Loyd registered her second double-double of the season against Edinboro. Her 11 assists are a season-high. … In the win over Gannon, Loyd’s 20 points led all Vulcans scorers. All of Loyd’s points came in the second half. … Harris was forced to the bench against Gannon after being whistled for a pair of fouls in the opening two-plus minutes. She fouled out with 36 seconds remaining in the game.

The week ahead

California (Pa.) hosts Mercyhurst Wednesday and travels to Indiana University (Pa.) Saturday.



5-foot-8 graduate student guard from Wyoming Valley West

Team results

Week – 2-0; Season – 13-2 overall, 8-1 PSAC

Wednesday – at West Chester, Won 83-70

Saturday – vs. Mansfield, Won 70-48

Individual statistics

at West Chester – Started, played 32 minutes; 4/6 FG, 4/5 on 3-pointers, 2/2 FT, 14 points; 1 offensive, 2 defensive, 3 total rebounds; 2 assists; 2 turnovers.

vs. Mansfield – Started, played 28 minutes; 1/7 FG, 0/3 on 3-pointers, 2 points; 3 offensive rebounds; 4 assists; 1 turnover.


Shippensburg went on an 18-5 run in the third quarter to secure the win at West Chester. … Gibbons went 4-for-5 from behind the arc, scoring two more three-pointers than her previous Shippensburg game high, and just one short of her career high. … Shippensburg is undefeated at home and is atop the PSAC East standings. … Gibbons transferred to Shippensburg from Mansfield University. She has played in the last three seasons that Shippensburg has been active (no games in 2020-21 because of COVID) after playing two seasons, primarily as a starter, at Mansfield. … Gibbons has started 9 of 16 games and is averaging 5.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

The week ahead

Shippensburg plays at Bloomsburg Wednesday January 18th and hosts Kutztown Saturday.



Starr is a 5-foot-11 sophomore forward from Berwick

Purdy is a 5-foot-10 freshman forward from Lake-Lehman

Team results

Week – 2-0; Season – 4-9 overall, 2-7 PSAC

Wednesday – at East Stroudsburg, Won 61-52

Saturday – vs. Shepherd, Won 76-37

Starr’s statistics

at East Stroudsburg – Started, played 35 minutes; 2/7 FG, 2/2 FG, 6 points; 4 offensive, 4 defensive, 8 total rebounds; 1 assist; 1 turnover; 3 blocks.

vs. Shepherd – Started, played 14 minutes; 5/9 FG, 2/3 FT, 12 points; 1 offensive, 1 defensive, 2 total rebounds; 2 turnovers; 1 steal.


Bloomsburg’s win over East Stroudsburg ended a nine-game losing streak. In the victory over Shepherd, Bloomsburg took the lead with 2:52 to play and never looked back. … The Huskies shot 52.6 percent (10-for-19) in the second quarter and outscored Shepherd, 23-14, to take a 39-21 halftime lead. … Purdy has not played because of injury.

The week ahead

Bloomsburg hosts Shippensburg Wednesday and travels to Seton Hill University (Pa.) Saturday.



6-foot-4 junior forward/center from Scranton

Team results

Week – 0-2; Season – 6-11 overall, 2-8 NE10.

Tuesday – at Adelphi, Lost 75-63

Saturday – vs. Saint Rose, Lost 76-57

Individual statistics

at Adelphi – Came off the bench, played 7 minutes; 0/6 FG, 0/0 FT, 0 points; 2 offensive rebounds; 1 assist.

vs. Saint Rose – Came off the bench, played 12 minutes; 2/3 FG, 4 points; 2 defensive rebounds; 1 assist; 1 steal; 2 blocks; 1 turnover.


Saturday’s game against Saint Rose was close throughout the first half, but Franklin Pierce was outscored, 39-25, in the second half. … The Ravens have lost two consecutive games and have fallen in their last five against Northeast-10 Conference opponents.

The week ahead

Franklin Pierce travels to American International Saturday.



6-foot-1 freshman forward/center from Lake Lehman

Team results

Week – 2-0; Season – 13-5 overall, 8-0 CACC

Tuesday – vs. Saint Anselm College, Won 72-57

Saturday – vs. Post University, Won 56-34

Individual statistics

vs. Saint Anselm College – Did not play

vs. Post University – Came off the bench, played 4 minutes; no shots; 1 turnover; 1 steal.


Holy Family used a dominant second quarter against Saint Anselm, outscoring the Hawks, 19-6, to build a lead it had no problem holding. … In the victory over Post, Holy Family’s defense held Post to 34 points on 20 percent shooting from the field. Post’s 20 percent field goal percentage (13-for-65) was the lowest by a Holy Family opponent since Concordia shot 16.2 percent in February 2014.

The week ahead

Holy Family hosts Jefferson Tuesday and travels to University of Bridgeport Saturday.

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