Edinboro Women Pull Out the Brooms

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 6:29 PM
Edinboro Women Pull Out the Brooms by Michael McLaughlin
Michelle Jahn recorded her first career double-double Saturday against Mercyhurst (Contributed/EU Sports Information).

The Edinboro women’s basketball team defeated Mercyhurst for the second time this season, completing the season sweep for the fourth year in a row.

The Scots improved to 15-7 overall and 10-6 in the PSAC west.

In the game, freshman, Michelle Jahn, recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Jahn scored the first five points for Edinboro and noted it was important to get off to a good start.

“When anyone on our team is making shots, we feed off that and everyone works well when someone’s hitting shots,” Jahn said.

The game started with each team swapping buckets, but the Scots ended the first period on an 11-6 run to take an 18-13 lead going into the second quarter.

The Lakers would respond with a 9-4 run of their own, tying it up at 22.

When asked, head coach Stan Swank said when Mercyhurst came back, they just kept playing their game and did what they had to do.

Edinboro then scored eight unanswered points to close out the half. Katie Fischer scored six of the eight points, and the other two came from Aignee’ Freeland.

“She has such a big presence,” Swank said about Freeland. “They have to watch her and guard her, which allows everyone else to free up a little bit.”

The Scots only gave up 22 first half points and held the Lakers to under 30 percent shooting from the field.

Over the final part of the third quarter, Mercyhurst went on an 11-3 run and cut the Edinboro lead down to two points.

Mercyhurst was able to tie the game early into the final quarter, but Freeland took over after that, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter. Over the last four minutes of the game Edinboro held the Lakers scoreless, going on a 14-0 run.

“I think we stayed focused, and we worked well together tonight, and that’s what you have to do when you wanna get the win,” Jahn said.

Fischer led the scoring with 19 against her former team. Freeland had a total of 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Swank said Fischer’s versatility is huge.

“She’s running the show; she’s doing what she needs to do. She does a great job,” Swank said.

Edinboro had a small rebound advantage of 40-38, but outscored Mercyhurst in the paint 44-20.

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

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