Lady Scots Fight Off Comeback from Seton Hill to Win on Senior Night

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at 10:42 PM
Lady Scots Fight Off Comeback from Seton Hill to Win on Senior Night by Michael McLaughlin
Aignee’ Freeland scored a game high 22 points. The women’s basketball team won against Seton Hill, 80-67, on Saturday.

The women’s basketball team captured a win on senior night, defeating Seton Hill, 80-67, Saturday. The Scots improved to 19-8 overall and 14-7 in the PSAC West.

The seniors were honored prior to the game and the pair of Aignee’ Freeland and Lauren Hippo helped the team gain a big lead early.

“It’s a bittersweet moment, but I’m glad we got the win and now it’s onto the next game,” Freeland said.

Six minutes into the game, the Scots were up 21- 4. Freeland and Hippo each had six points in their quick start.

The Scots held a double-digit lead for the majority of the game. They led, 26-10 after the first period, 45-31 at halftime, and 62-44 heading into the final period.

After trailing by 19 early in the fourth quarter, Seton Hill decided to make things interesting, bringing themselves within six with 2:15 left to play.

“They always make a run. We kept telling them ‘they’re going to make a run’ and we withstood it and that’s a good thing,” Head Coach Stan Swank said.

Edinboro, however, responded with a 9-2 run to end the game.

Freeland said she just stays calm when a lead gets cut down because she’s one of the leaders and the players are going to look to her for leadership in that situation.

Coming into the game, the Griffins were only allowing 62.3 points per game, which was third best in the conference.

The Scots shot 42.6 percent from the floor and were 17-20 from the free throw line. They also won the battle on the glass, 47-34, which included 17 offensive boards.

“We got off to a great start and I think when you get off to good starts it helps as far as rebounding and shooting and being confident,” Swank said.

The Scots ended up with three players scoring in double-digits Saturday. Freeland led the way in points with 22 and also had 7 rebounds. Katie Fischer had 19 points along with 9 assists, Michelle Jahn had 17 points and Hippo had 8.

“That’s very good,” Swank said. “Every game that’s good.”

Whitney Allen led the team in rebounds with 10 and also had 9 points.

Edinboro will host a home playoff game Saturday Feb. 27.

Swank said the players are seeing more things as they near the post-season and they’re feeling confident.

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

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