Fighting Scots go into OT at Pitt-Johnstown, fall 78-71

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at 8:23 PM

A five-game winning streak would end on Saturday night, as the Fighting Scots women’s basketball team fell in overtime to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Mountain Cats. They would lose 78-71.  

It was a rocky start for Edinboro, with the team only netting 20 percent of their attempted shots in the first half. The first quarter would see Pitt-Johnstown obtain a seven point lead, which they would extend to 11 at the end of the half.

The Fighting Scots, however, rallied for a big third quarter that would see them cut 10 points from their deficit. At the end of the comeback, Edinboro trailed by only one, 51-50. 

The fourth quarter saw Edinboro gain the lead for a short while before the two teams then traded it back and forth. Ultimately, it ended in a tie. It would be the Scots’ first overtime game this year.

When asked how she felt the team was prepared for overtime, senior Bridgette Shaffer said: “This was the first time we were in overtime, so it was a little different for some of our inexperienced players, but we have been in some close games that prepared us for it.”

In that extra period, Pitt-Johnstown would gain the lead, and despite a valiant effort from the Fighting Scots, the Mountain Cats would hold on for the win.

“I think we need to take last night’s loss as a learning opportunity and not let it defeat us or destroy the momentum we have built so far,” said Shaffer. “We’ve been knocked down before, so we just need to fight even harder throughout the rest of the season, especially with playoffs coming up. It’s kind of a humbling loss because we need to learn we can’t take any team lightly, especially with Clarion coming up on Wednesday.”

After the loss, the women were 10-6 in conference play and 12-8 overall. They faced Clarion on Wednesday (after The Spectator’s press deadline).

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