Women’s basketball in midst of 6-game run

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 6:06 PM
Women’s basketball in midst of 6-game run by Mike Lantinen
Photo: Mike Lantinen

Sitting at 6-2 for the season after this past weekend, the Edinboro Fighting Scots women’s basketball team improved their conference record to 3-0. A true family affair at McComb Fieldhouse, the team has surely got off to the right start for the 2016-17 campaign.

In addition to two straight games of over 20 points each, Michelle Jahn had her first game of the season shooting over 50 percent. Against East Stroudsburg, Jahn would go 9-14 and 2-4 from 3-point land, mostly finding success going to the basket. On the next day, the gameplan would ask for the opposite, forcing Jahn behind the 3-point line, putting in seven 3-pointers for the night on 7-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Overall, she would finish 7-12 from the field.

“Shooters can get streaky. Last year she started out slow (and) then she came in a game and put down a whole bunch of threes and after that it continued. So I’m hoping that happens again,” head coach Stan Swank joked.

Between Katie Fischer and Jahn, the offense has been molded to fit them, accentuating their ability to spread the court and efficiently run the pick and roll.

“They were trying to shut down Katie. And it opened up Michelle quite a bit and she was able to get a lot of good looks,” Swank said.

Staying true to their offensive schemes of the past, Swank and assistant coach Callie Wheeler have continued to use systems that have worked and their players down low have allowed that.

“We also have Ciara and Maggie and we just have a good nucleus inside,” Swank continued.

Winning both games by a cumulative 31 points, the Scots left nothing to question. This marks their sixth straight win.

In their first game against East Stroudsburg, the Warriors would keep it close, pulling to within four on three separate occasions. Penetration from Fischer would be the key to the match, forcing the Warrior defense to collapse on point.

The second game, Jahn was the key, nailing 3-pointer after 3-pointer. Ending the first half with a score of 40- 28, the West Chester Golden Rams wouldn’t pull close again.

Winning PSAC West freshman of the week for the second time of the year would be Edinboro’s own Michaela Barnes. Scoring a career high 18 points against West Liberty, on Nov. 28, and picking up a couple steals and assists would set Barnes up for the honor. 

Mike Lantinen is a Sports Editor for The Spectator and can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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