Women open PSAC play with win, loss

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at 6:27 PM
Women open PSAC play with win, loss by Madi Gross
Photo: Madi Gross

The Edinboro women’s basketball team returned from nearly a month off, splitting their first two games to open PSAC play Saturday and Sunday. They opened with a 91-72 win at West Chester before falling 70-62 to Bloomsburg University.

The conference opener at West Chester started fast, with early points from Edinboro’s Ciara Rosten, and the high tempo remained throughout the game.

Overall, West Chester led in second-chance points while Edinboro led in points off of turnovers and in fast break scores.

Rosten opened scoring in the first, and ‘Boro was in the lead after that opening frame, 11-10. West Chester opened scoring in the second, but Edinboro’s Jontay Walton and Bridgette Shaffer each sunk 3-point shots, and Rosten put up another 3 points before the Golden Rams could score again.

Edinboro led by 12 points multiple times in this quarter alone. With points from Allison Thompson, Michelle Jahn, Shaffer, Rosten and Walton, the Fighting Scots finished the quarter at a 38-30 lead.

West Chester would strike first in the high-scoring third quarter. Both teams scored more points in this quarter than any other in the game, with Edinboro winning the frame, 28-25. The Scots closed out scoring and remained 11 points ahead with a total of 66-55.

Early into the fourth, the Fighting Scots led by 14 points and kept their lead throughout. A last-second shot from Michaela Barnes brought Edinboro 19 points ahead of the Golden Rams.

“It’s excellent,” stated Head Women’s Basketball Coach Callie Wheeler about the team’s first conference win. “As soon as we settled in, we took off [and] our momentum built, especially in the second half.”

Shaffer led the team in rebounds with a total of 9 and Rosten lead the team in points with 17.

“It was definitely high-tempo and intense,” stated Shaffer about the game. “We wanted to win. It was our first conference game, so we wanted to come out and get that win under our belt.”

After the team recorded their first conference win of the season, their record sat at 3-1 overall. They then traveled to Bloomsburg Sunday where they recorded their first conference loss.

Bloomsburg opened scoring in the game with a layup by Emma Saxton, while Edinboro’s first points were put up by Walton. Both teams went back and forth in scoring until Bloomsburg pulled ahead by 9 points. Edinboro whittled away at the Huskies’ lead until the end of the first when the score sat at 23-17.

Many of Edinboro’s starters got into foul trouble early, which led to the coaches having to rotate lineups throughout the game in order to preserve their players.

“It definitely throws off what you’re doing when you have to shuffle lineups that much,” Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Chris Bess said.

Going into the second, Sarah Fischer sunk a 3-point shot for the Fighting Scots, cutting Bloomsburg’s lead to 23-20. Edinboro tied the score, 24-24, with a free throw from Walton with 7:42 left on the clock. Thompson, Shaffer and freshman Lillian Young all put points on the board for ‘Boro by the end of the second.

Bloomsburg led 33-29 at the start of the third quarter. Points from Rosten, Walton and Barnes were the highlight for Edinboro, but they trailed 53-41 by the fourth. Jahn, Barnes and Shaffer all contributed to Edinboro’s 21 points in the fourth quarter, but the Huskies held onto their lead despite getting outscored in the final frame.

Walton led the Fighting Scots with 20 points with Barnes closely behind with 16. Jahn and Walton led the team in rebounds as they both had a total of 7.

The team was 5-for-20 on 3-pointers, and they shot just 31 percent from the field.

“When we’re not shooting good from long range, we just have to find a different way, so getting it inside, drive and kick it, making sure we’re taking shots where our feet are set,” Jahn explained. “It just wasn’t our night, so we just need to get in the gym, get more shots up and look forward to the next game.”

Bess added that the team struggled to control the ball, compounding the team’s shooting woes.

“We have to start taking care of the ball, no matter who the opponent, and obviously make shots,” Bess said. “The game’s a lot easier when you control the basketball, when you have possessions and can make shots.”

The women now sit at 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the PSAC. They will next be seen at home Saturday at 1 p.m. when they face off against East Stroudsburg University in search of another conference win. 

Madi Gross can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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