Edinboro retires Michaela Barnes' number in homecoming celebration

Category:  Sports
Monday, October 12th, 2020 at 12:10 PM
Edinboro retires Michaela Barnes' number in homecoming celebration by Erica Burkholder
Michaela Barnes sits with family as Edinboro virtually announces her jersey retirement. It's the first time an athletics jersey has been retired in Edinboro Fighting Scots history. | Photo: Nathaniel Thomas

No women’s basketball player will don the No. 2 jersey again.

Michaela Barnes’ number was retired by the Edinboro athletic department on Oct. 2 in a virtual ceremony honoring the women’s basketball team. Her storied career includes the Edinboro career record for points, single game record for points, conference player of the year honors, and a second-team All-American honor. She stands at 12th all time in PSAC scoring (2,019).

The night started out with introductions from Athletic Director Katherine Robbins. The awards were presented by Edinboro alumnus and Cleveland Cavaliers PA announcer Sean Peebles.

First, Abbey Antolic was awarded the Edinboro University Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She carries a 3.81 GPA.

Cheniya Sharpe was then recognized for securing 285 rebounds throughout the season; she was the only player in the PSAC to average double-digit boards per game.

Next, Bridgette Shaffer was recognized for her long-range shooting. Shaffer finished in 8th place for 3-pointers in Edinboro history, while playing only three seasons. She’d go 151-364 from beyond the arc in her career (41%). Shaffer was named to the PSAC All-Conference second team, as well.

Rana Elhusseini was then awarded the PSAC West Freshman of the Year award. “The moment you stepped foot in Edinboro’s McComb Fieldhouse, you brought an electrifying energy to our program and to our team,” said Head Coach Callie Wheeler.

A historic jersey retirement

“She is sure to join her father Mike Barnes in the Edinboro hall of fame,” said Peebles as he introduced Barnes and her achievements.

Wheeler added, “You are without a doubt the best player to put on the Edinboro University uniform.” 

As they surprised Barnes with the retirement, Peebles said, “This is going to be a historic moment for Edinboro women’s basketball ... You are the best to do it, you are a living legend in Edinboro history.”

Wheeler continued: “On behalf of all of the women that have ever put on this jersey, we want to thank you for everything you have done. And we have a long standing tradition here at Edinboro with talented young women, but no one has ever accomplished what you have. So, from the bottom of my heart, not only as your coach, but speaking for all of the women that have come before you, we are so honored that this is the first female [retired] jersey ever in Edinboro history, not only in women’s basketball, but in the history of Edinboro athletics. It is an honor to present this to you.”

“I don’t have words to describe the feeling ... this is history,” said a grateful Barnes.

Due to COVID-19, they do not have a date for the jersey retirement ceremony as of yet.

Erica Burkholder is the Sports Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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Michaela Barnes sits with family as Edinboro virtually announces her jersey retirement. It's the first time an athletics jersey has been retired in Edinboro Fighting Scots history. | Photo: Nathaniel ThomasPhoto: Nathaniel Thomas
 

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