Women's Basketball Moves onto PSAC Quarterfinals

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 8:42 PM
Women's Basketball Moves onto PSAC Quarterfinals by Michael McLaughlin
Katie Fischer had a game high 18 points against her former team Saturday. Edinboro won 61-42.

The women’s basketball team opened up the PSAC tournament with a convincing 61-42 win over Mercyhurst on Saturday.

Mercyhurst was up 5-2 early in the game, but then Edinboro’s Michelle Jahn and Lauren Hippo hit back-to-back 3-pointers, which was followed by a 17-2 run to finish the quarter.

The Scots forced five turnovers in the first frame and after missing their first three 3-point attempts, they made their next five.

“We were really motivated about playing good defense and that was really one of our game plans,” Head Coach Stan Swank said.

The Scots held a 25-9 lead going into the second quarter.

Edinboro forced another five turnovers in the second quarter and held the Lakers to a 7-22 mark from the field and 1-7 from 3-point range.

At halftime, the lead was up to 20, with the Scots leading 37-17.

“One of the things we talked about at halftime was that we’ve let up in the third quarter, and we wanted to keep the wheels moving,” Swank said.

The players did just this.

“They played well in the third quarter defensively,” Swank said.

Katie Fischer agreed, saying they came out with the same intensity in the third quarter that they did to start the game.

Fischer had a big game against her former team as she scored a game-high 18 points. She shot 7-12 from the floor and was 3-4 from the free throw line.

“It’s a completely different atmosphere because it’s either you win or you lose and you’re out. The motivation is a lot higher,” Fischer said of the playoff environment.

Hippo scored all 14 of her points in the first half, 12 of them coming from 3-pointers.

Jahn had 15 points, going 6-10 in field goals, which included 3-6 from beyond the arc. Whitney Allen had a team-high 11 rebounds.

Swank explained that when the guards are shooting well it helps the game plan and allows the team to take some more risks.

Natalie Piagessi, of Mercyhurst, had a team-high 14 points, but no other Laker had more than seven.

Swank noted one of the things they talked about pre-game was not to allow any big runs during the game and they were able to execute that during the game.

The Scots move on to play at number one seeded California, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, who beat them by 31 in their last meeting. Edinboro beat them back in January.

Swank said the win definitely gives them confidence going in against California, and since they saw them so recently, the team knows what they need to do.

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

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