Women's Basketball Capture Seventh Straight PSAC Tournament Bid Against UPJ

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 at 7:20 PM
Women's Basketball Capture Seventh Straight PSAC Tournament Bid Against UPJ by Michael McLaughlin
Whitney Allen earned her first double-double against UPJ.

Freshman Michelle Jahn poured in 28 against Pitt- Johnstown to help lead the women’s basketball team to a 79-75 win.

“One of the things she does is she’s just playing basketball; she’s not thinking. She’s not worried. She’s going out, having fun and playing basketball,” head coach Stan Swank said.

With the win, the Scots captured their seventh straight PSAC playoff appearance.

Pitt-Johnstown opened the game strong, leading 20-5 during the first quarter. Edinboro ended the quarter on a 9-2 run to trim the lead down to 22-14 at the end of the first.

Swank said because they got off to a slow start so early in the game, they knew if they could bring it back by halftime they would be okay.

Edinboro would continue to chip away at the lead getting it down to just two during the end of the second quarter, but Johnstown rallied with back-to-back three pointers. The Lady Cats led at the half 36-30.

Pitt-Johnstown would build its lead back up to double digits, leading by 12 with a little over five minutes to go in the third quarter.

Less than a minute later, Katie Fischer scored her first points of the game, sparking a 10-2 run from the Scots to close out the quarter.

Edinboro was down 58-55 going into the fourth.

“Several of our players worked really hard because of us being down and struggling and they never quit or gave up,” Swank said of his players’ resiliency.

After going back and forth in the final quarter, Fischer sparked another run with a steal and a finish on the other end.

Fischer had 13 points, all coming in the second half, including a converted “and one” to put the Scots up for good at 76-73 with less than 30 seconds remaining.

Swank said Fischer was struggling in the first half and having her sit down and watch for a little allowed for her to have such a successful second half.

Aignee’ Freeland had 16 points as well as 4 blocks to move her season total up to 49.

Swank said the team has a very balanced attack and that if a team is only worried about Fischer and Freeland, they’re not going to be able to stop people like Jahn or Lauren Hippo.

He said if someone has an off night the players know they can count on each other.

Whitney Allen had her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. She also had a team high 5 assists.

“I was super impressed with Whitney Allen. She just fought and worked really hard,” Swank said.

Swank continued to say Allen is very versatile and that he can play her at any position he needs her at.

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

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