Edinboro women's basketball wins season opener

Category:  Sports
Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 11:08 AM

The Edinboro Fighting Scots women's basketball team opened up their 2019-20 campaign at home, topping Lake Erie College on Tuesday, 87-42.

As a winter storm blew through the campus grounds, spectators sought shelter inside McComb Fieldhouse. While the snow continued to fall, the women heated up the hardwood, more than doubling the score of their opponent. 

The Fighting Scots returned to the court after an impressive 20-9 record during the 2018-19 regular season. The Scots' run eventually ended in the NCAA tournament, falling to Virginia Union University in a first-round exit.

A new starting five made their way onto the floor Tuesday with three key returning players. Guard Michaela Barnes ran the offense to start the ball game, while guards Bridgette Schaffer and Monica Brown, two sharpshooters, coming off the bench and delivering crucial buckets in the later stages.  

Lake Erie College, meanwhile, came into the game 0-2 to begin their 2019-20 campaign. The slump would continue after a dominant performance by the Scots in all four quarters.

Edinboro’s first half was nothing short of spectacular. Shooting over 56% from the field and 40% from downtown, they accounted for a sizeable 48 points to end the first half. On the opposite side of the court, the Storm struggled to get out of the gates early. The team collectively shot 29% from the floor and 8% from deep, putting up only 23. A silver lining for the visitors was a perfect streak from the free throw line (6-6).    

Coming out of halftime, Edinboro’s 25-point lead grew even larger. The effort on both sides of the floor was assisted by a strong bench performance, including 32 points from those subs. The Scots' field goal percentage dipped a little, down to 40%, while they continued to thrive from deep.

The Storm had a long road ahead if they wanted to claw their way back into the game. If anything, though, they struggled even more, scoring only 19 points in the second half. Lake Erie was held to only 4 points in the 4th quarter, while shooting only 26% in the entire second half. The Storm did not help themselves at the free throw line either, dropping to 36%. Missing opportunities like free points from the line, a lack of production from the bench (only scored 2 points), and missing the mark on second chance points, would all hurt Lake Erie College.  

Four Fighting Scots finished the game in double digits. Barnes led the team with 18 points, followed by Cheniya Sharp, Emma Flash and Maggie Gilbert each scoring 10 points. Sharp and Flash dominated the glass on Tuesday night, each grabbing 8 rebounds. Madison Amalia was the main facilitator of the rock, spreading the ball around for 4 assists. Shaffer wowed the crowd with her long-range accuracy, draining three triples in succession. Shaffer finished 50% from behind the three-point line.

Lake Erie's Josie Chaddock led her team in two categories. She finished the game with 18 points and 3 assists. Lauren Flannery pulled down 4 boards, while Breanna Baurer did her part harassing Edinboro’s ball handlers and coming away with 3 steals.  

Edinboro Assistant Coach Chris Bess spoke on the excitement of getting back to work this season. “The preparation in the offseason was big going into the first game of the season, as well as the excitement of playing outside competition. I think they were ready to play from the get go [with this] being our home opener; the energy was there. 

The women will have a short break before returning to action, going on the road to take on Daemen College (1-1). Bess spoke on the early season challenge. “Daemen is a tough team. They finished last year winning their last 14 [of] 16 games. And they are a veteran group. We are a little inexperienced, but at the same time we have a lot of talent. As long as we come out and play our game, and don't get caught in what they want to do, and stick to Edinboro basketball, I think we'll be okay.”   

Game coverage will begin at p.m. next Wednesday and can be heard on 88.9 WFSE Fighting Scots Radio.

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