First year coach ties record in win over Salem

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 11:35 PM
First year coach ties record in win over Salem by Sydney Dundon
Photo: Erica Burkholder

Edinboro women’s basketball fell behind early, but willed themselves to a win on Saturday at McComb Fieldhouse against Salem University. Salem used the full-court press to prevent the Fighting Scots offense from getting hot in the first, but the home team was prepared for the challenge and would end up victorious.

At the start, the Tigers had the Fighting Scots playing to their liking, as they implemented their unique strategy — in a fashion similar to hockey substitutions, the Tigers kept their players fresh by completely substituting for all five players on the court at a time. 

Edinboro had a difficult time breaking this fresh full-court press and left the first half trailing by 11. Despite this difficulty, senior Michelle Jahn said that the intense defense was expected. 

“Well, we actually knew going into it that they were probably going to press us the entire game from watching them on film,” she said. “So, we kind of had an idea of it. We kind of had to just slow it down a bit. Sometimes when teams press, they want you to speed up.” 

At halftime, the Fighting Scots stepped back onto the court as they often do — with a better understanding of their opponent. 

“We have really good coaches, so we go into halftime and readjust, and we really fine tune what our game plan is,” said Jahn. 

With the necessary adjustments made, Edinboro was able to overcome the deficit, winning 86-77. The win for the Fighting Scots was accompanied by some noteworthy efforts from Jahn, Michaela Barnes and Jontay Walton. Both Barnes and Walton scored over 30 points, while Jahn grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds.

The win boosted Edinboro to 14-5 overall on the season. As Salem is not part of the PSAC, the Fighting Scots remained 9-4 in the conference. 

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will travel to California University of Pennsylvania to take on the Vulcans on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., after hosting the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Wednesday.

Syd Dundon | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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