Consistency from Starters Earns Edinboro a Season Sweep Against 'The Rock'

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 10:15 PM
Consistency from Starters Earns Edinboro a Season Sweep Against 'The Rock' by Michael McLaughlin
Michelle Jahn got the team off to a quick start against Slippery Rock. The Scots won over Slippery Rock on Feb. 3.

The women’s basketball team made a season-high 36 free throws en-route to a 78-70 win to complete the season sweep against Slippery Rock University Wednesday Feb. 3.

The Fighting Scots moved to 16-7 on the season and 11-6 in the PSAC West.

The team also put up a season-best 46 second half points.

Freshman Michelle Jahn opened up the scoring with a three pointer 24 seconds into the game. She then hit back-toback three pointers with just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter.

“She jump started us,” head coach Stan Swank said. “When someone comes out and pops a couple threes in, it gets us going.”

Swank said they don’t look at her as a freshman anymore because of how much she has grown as a player.

The Scots’ final five points came from free throws as they took a 16-11 lead into the second quarter. The women scored another 16 points in the second quarter and led 32-25 at halftime.

Katie Fischer scored six of Edinboro’s first 10 points in the third quarter and after her three pointer with 6:19 left in the quarter the Scots went up 42-32.

With 1:17 left in the third, Edinboro still led by 10, but the Rock scored the final four points of the quarter to cut the lead to six.

In the fourth quarter, Edinboro went 21-27 from the free throw line as they scored 29 points in the fourth quarter and Slippery Rock scored 27.

Swank said at the end of the game Slippery Rock was trying to stop the clock as often as they could. The Rock would foul, then put up a quick shot at the other end and repeat the process.

Jahn led the team in points with 21, nine coming from long range. Aignee’ Freeland earned her ninth double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and recording 11 rebounds. Fischer had 17 points and five assists in the game.

“We know we can count on Katie putting up a certain amount. Aignee’ is probably gonna get 15, so it really helps knowing we’re going to get points there,” Swank said.

Lauren Hippo put up 13 and went 11-14 from the free throw line.

Whitney Allen and Nicole Johnson each pulled down nine rebounds. Edinboro won the rebounding battle, 47-32.

“That’s huge because we have lots of scoring coming from other places, but we need rebounding. We just destroyed them on the boards and those two were the highlight of that,” Swank said of Allen and Johnson’s play Wednesday night.

Michael McLaughlin is the Sports Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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