Women's basketball continues dominant streak against Lakers with strong 4th quarter

Category:  Sports
Monday, February 24th, 2020 at 9:36 AM
Women's basketball continues dominant streak against Lakers with strong 4th quarter by Jackson Loepp
Emma Elash scored 10 points in the second half of Edinboro's win over Mercyhurst. | Photo: Jackson Loepp

On Saturday afternoon, the Edinboro Fighting Scots women’s basketball team defeated Mercyhurst, 75-59, marking their 16th consecutive home win against the Lakers.  

The outset of the game saw Edinboro fall behind quickly, with the visiting Lakers shooting 60% in the first quarter. After the first 10 minutes of play, the Fighting Scots were down 23-15. 

Mercyhurst would maintain their lead throughout the second quarter with a strong defensive showing, holding the Scots to 33% shooting in the first half. Edinboro went into halftime down 30-25. 

In the second half, Edinboro shored up their defense and set to increase their scoring percentage. The Scots fought hard throughout the third period to bring the game into their favor, but were unable to surpass Mercyhurst and ended it with a 47-47 tie. 

In the fourth, the Fighting Scots completed the comeback and broke away. The Lakers were shut off from the net, shooting only 2-10 for the final quarter.  

Edinboro freshman Emma Elash scored 10 points in the second half and was instrumental in helping the Scots attain victory. When asked about the keys to stopping Mercyhurst, Elash said: “I think defense for sure was the key thing we had to focus on because in the first half they were too comfortable.”  

Another crucial point to the Fighting Scots win was the number of fouls attributed to Mercyhurst. Between technicals and common fouls, Edinboro was given 18 shots from the line in just the fourth quarter. Thirteen of these free throws were converted by senior Michaela Barnes, whose 26-point game leaves her 31 away from the all-time leading EU scorer Samantha Reimer. 

With the win, Edinboro is now tied for third in conference rankings with California University of Pennsylvania, who they recently defeated. This win guarantees Edinboro a home game once the PSAC playoffs begin. 

“We just continue to work hard in practice every day. Our team’s really close, we have a really close bond. We focus on togetherness a lot, and I think that will really help us make a good run in the playoffs,” said Elash 

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Edinboro will host Slippery Rock for senior night in McComb Fieldhouse. The women’s game will tip-off at 5:30.

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