Lady Scots trounce Clarion, prepare to face nationally-ranked IUP

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 8:00 PM

After suffering an overtime loss at Pitt-Johnstown, the Fighting Scots women’s basketball team bounced back on the road against Clarion. They would top the Golden Eagles, 82-59.

Following the win, Edinboro moved to 11-6 within their conference, while Clarion fell to 2-16. 

Seniors Michaela Barnes and Bridgette Shaffer led the team in scoring with 28 and 24 points, respectively. Barnes’ 28 points place her third in career scoring here at Edinboro. She is now 129 points behind the all-time leader, Samantha Reimer.

Edinboro did not appear dominant at first. Clarion jumped out to an 11-10 lead before the Fighting Scots pushed back, finishing the quarter at 18-13. Barnes led the team early, scoring 10 of those points for Edinboro. 

The Fighting Scots’ second quarter, though, was their highest scoring. The team put 26 points on the board compared to Clarion’s 18. This widened the lead to double digits, where it would stay virtually unchallenged for the remainder of the game.

Barnes scored 20 points before halftime. Shaffer scored only 10 of her 24 points before the half, while then closing strong. The third quarter saw the closest trade of points for the night, with Edinboro’s 17 almost being matched by Clarion’s 14. Going into the final quarter, Edinboro sped up the game and widened their lead to above 20 points, where it would ultimately end.

Notable performances included Barnes’ record-breaking moment, as well as Shaffer shooting 6-9 from long distance. Rana Elhusseini also hit a career high with 10 rebounds. 

When asked about preparing for away games, Elhusseini said: “At the end of the day, it’s all the same. We’ve just gotta be mentally prepared whether we’re on the road or at home.”

After Saturday’s win against California University of Pennsylvania, the Fighting Scots took to the road to play against nationally-ranked Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday (after The Spectator’s press deadline).

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