Barnes joins "1,000 point-club"

Category:  Sports
Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at 12:35 AM
Barnes joins 1,000 point-club by Madi Gross
Photo: Ben McCullough

With about two minutes left in the first half of Edinboro’s matchup against Mercyhurst University on Jan. 30, junior Michaela Barnes drove into the paint. It was here that she’d make a seemingly routine layup. 

Of course, if you’ve been following the women’s basketball team this season, you’d know it was anything but routine. The two points put her in the 1,000-point club, the fourth active Fighting Scot to hit that mark. 

The layup pushed Edinboro ahead in the contest, 33-32, while the stands in McComb Fieldhouse were full of cheers and screams — they only grew louder as a graphic on the scoreboard changed to display Barnes’ headshot and the words “1,000 Career Points.”

“It was a great moment — not only for me but for the women’s basketball program as well, and for Michaela Barnes,” said Head Women’s Basketball Coach Callie Wheeler.

Barnes joined teammates Michelle Jahn, Jontay Walton and Ciara Rosten in the 1,000-career-point club, and this marks the first time that four active players have all reached that achievement in ‘Boro history.

“Not only have they accomplished that, but all four have accomplished that in three years, which is an extra special element,” added Wheeler.

She continued: “I think what makes those four players special is that they’re very dynamic. They score in multiple ways — which is tough to guard — you can stop them one way, but they can score other ways. I think that makes them so special.”

All of this came after a back-and-forth first quarter which ended in a tie, 17-17. After the excitement of the second quarter, the Fighting Scots led narrowly.

After more back-and-forth in the third, Edinboro would eventually take the lead, following a 3-pointer by Bridgette Shaffer. They carried a five point margin into the final frame, 55-50. 

Edinboro would lead by as many as 13 points in the fourth, with the final buzzer sounding at a 80-70 margin. 

To add to her career milestone, Barnes also led Edinboro in scoring with 35. The trio of Barnes, Walton (14) and Rosten (11) claimed 60 of Edinboro’s total in the game. 

The Fighting Scots now enter the last leg of their season with only a handful of games left, sitting third in the PSAC West at 13-5 overall and 9-4 in the conference. On Wednesday, they welcome the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown to McComb. The Fighting Scots handed the Lady Cats a 68-63 loss when the two teams last met on Jan. 12. 

“I think at this point in the season, it comes down to mental toughness,” said Wheeler. “[It’s about] which team wants it most and which team is going to be dedicated and committed and work hard in practice...that’s what I keep telling my girls is that these games are going to be won in practice.”

She concluded, “I think [by] just staying mentally focused, taking it one game at a time, I think we will be able to handle the tasks at hand.”

Madi Gross | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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