Undefeated women’s basketball tops Wheeling Jesuit University, 77-67

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 5:33 PM
Undefeated women’s basketball tops Wheeling Jesuit University, 77-67 by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Madi Gross

Edinboro’s women’s basketball team played their first home game of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 15.  

The Fighting Scots found themselves lagging behind Wheeling Jesuit University four minutes into the game.  Chenelle Moore, of Wheeling Jesuit, led her team’s early charge, scoring six of their 13 points before Edinboro would get on the board. The Scots’ offense would eventually get going thanks to point guard Jontay Walton. By the end of the first half, they would narrow the gap, 20-11. 

Dominant post presence Ciara Rosten opened up scoring in the second with a layup. Edinboro would lead scoring in the second, 19-14, as they went on a 5-0 run, bringing them within three before the half, 34-31. 

A Walton layup would start the scoring in the third. Edinboro would force two turnovers before Walton’s tying layup. They would establish a clear control over this game in the third, as they had gained a six point lead halfway through the third, forcing four turnovers in that time. 

Michaela Barnes scored five points and Rosten put up four in that run.  Their lead would be maintained for the rest of the game. Wheeling Jesuit would attempt to regain the lead, bringing the game to a two-point difference before Edinboro would once again add to their scoring total. The Fighting Scots would put up 15 points while only allowing Wheeling Jesuit to score three in the closing minutes of the game. The score ended at 62-48 in the third. 

Wheeling Jesuit opened up scoring in the fourth, although they would not be able to overcome their mishaps after eight turnovers. Edinboro would keep Wheeling Jesuit at a 10-point or higher point difference. The Fighting Scots would end up winning 77-67.

Walton put up a career high 26 points, paired with seven assists and four rebounds. She also contributed six steals. Rosten scored 15 points, earned five assists and eight rebounds. She also blocked five shots. Barnes earned 14 points. Whitney Allen and Cheniya Sharpe both had 10 rebounds, while Sharpe also registered six points and blocked two shots. 

Edinboro forced Wheeling Jesuit into 23 turnovers while only allowing 16 themselves. Edinboro shot 39.5 percent overall in the game, but shot 51.4 percent in the second half. 

After the game, Whitney Allen spoke to The Spectator about the team’s performance, expressing a belief that while they started off slow, especially for their first home game, they got more comfortable as the game went along. She also added that she hopes to keep their intensity high as the season continues.

Erica Burkholder is a Staff Writer for The Spectator. She can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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