Women's basketball records win at SRU, men record loss

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Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 9:12 AM

Women hold onto early lead

It was a big week for the Fighting Scots women’s basketball team as they came off their playoff-securing win against Gannon. The team would then travel to Slippery Rock on Feb. 20 where they would take their second win against The Rock this season, 88-77.

Out of Edinboro’s 88 points in this matchup, 77 came from the four “1,000-point club” members of the team. Jontay Walton (25 points) was the leading scorer of the night. Michaela Barnes tallied 24 points.

Coming into the game, Barnes had been named PSAC West Co-Athlete of the Week on Feb. 19, her third time this season.

“It’s an outstanding feeling — I’m so proud of Michaela — couldn’t happen to a better kid,” exclaimed Head Women’s Basketball Coach Callie Wheeler. “Michaela is an outstanding human being. She works hard, on and off the court, [and] she’s extremely passionate about the game of basketball…it’s really nice to see her having fun and falling in love with the game all over again.”

 Michelle Jahn had a total of 12 points and Ciara Rosten put up 16 points in the effort. Rosten also collected 10 rebounds throughout the game, recording yet another double-double.

Walton started off the game hot with a 3-pointer, and she continued this fire as she sank another five long-range shots by the game’s end. Edinboro led throughout the entirety of the first, and with a couple of fouls on Slippery Rock in the last minute of the quarter, they pushed their lead up to 28-13.

Both teams struggled with accuracy at the beginning of the second, and the first points came almost two minutes in from The Rock. Edinboro continued the lead they gained in the first quarter through the rest of the half — leading by as many as 19 points in the second quarter.

Going into the second half, ‘Boro was up 47-36 until a layup from Rosten pushed Edinboro to 13 points ahead. Edinboro collected a few fouls in the middle of the third quarter, sending Slippery Rock to the line three different times in less than two minutes. Edinboro retained their lead at the end of the third, 69-55.

The intensity of the game didn’t diminish in the fourth quarter as both teams opened with back-to-back 3-point shots. In this quarter, the Fighting Scots pushed their lead up to as many as 18 points.

This win pushed the Fighting Scots to 18-6 overall and 13-5 in the PSAC. Edinboro looked to continue their then four-game winning streak on Saturday as they returned home.

Men can’t complete last-minute comeback

Edinboro men’s basketball took the short trip down I-79 to Morrow Fieldhouse at Slippery Rock University on Feb. 20 looking to add a second win in a row. In the end, though, it was Slippery Rock that took the 81-79 win in a nail-biting conference game.

Two Fighting Scots recorded double-doubles against Slippery Rock. Alex Jay had 15 points and 12 rebounds, while senior Trey Staunch had a total of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Staunch and Jay’s rebounds were 22 of Edinboro’s 50 in this game.

Slippery Rock sunk a 3-point shot almost immediately after the tip-off. Edinboro’s Alex Jay matched the 3-pointer with one of his own, a little over a minute in. Nolen Gerald, of Slippery Rock, put yet another three points in the basket less than 20 seconds after Jay. Gerald had a total of 24 points on the night, which made him the top scorer of this game.

The game would be a back-and-forth scoring contest throughout the first half with neither team leading by more than eight points at a time. In the last minute and a half of the game, Edinboro would take the lead two different times and close out the first half leading 37-36.

Sophomore Jaryn Simpson stretched ‘Boro’s lead further eight seconds into the second half. Daylon Harris stretched the lead even further with points off of a rebound, putting the Fighting Scots six points ahead. Edinboro continued this lead until Jared Armstrong of SRU put two points on the board and tied up the score at 51. 

A foul put Trey Staunch at the line and after his two shots, Edinboro once again took the lead. ‘Boro led by as many as eight points in this run. With less than two minutes on the clock, Slippery Rock led 73-71. Foul calls were troubling for both sides of the court in this close match.

 DeAnthony Owens sunk a 3-point shot with seven seconds left on the clock, which cut Slippery Rock’s lead to 79-77. Slippery Rock had possession of the ball and the lead after a timeout. A foul on Turner Kurt allowed Armstrong to make the most of two free throws with five seconds left on the clock, and a last-second shot from Jay closed the gap by two points.

Edinboro had a total of 31 points off the bench in this game, 23 of which came from junior Owens, who was not out on the court to start the game. Bench points also came from Steven Freeman (three), Kameron King (three) and Jack Frank, who had two points.

Edinboro’s record moved to 8-15 overall (5-13 in the PSAC) as they looked to Saturday’s game against Clarion at home.

Madi Gross | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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