Women open season with two wins, one loss in two road trips

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 7:10 PM
Women open season with two wins, one loss in two road trips by Madi Gross
Photo: Christopher Rosato Jr.

In March of 2018, Edinboro’s women’s basketball team ended their season at 27-4 overall and 19-3 in the PSAC. The team played two rounds in the Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament after having won the PSAC crown.

But after that successful campaign, the team saw some changes in their staff and on their roster. Former Head Women’s Basketball Coach Stan Swank announced his retirement and assistant coach Callie Wheeler was named the new head coach. Other changes, including Chris Bess being named assistant coach, and the return of Ciara Rosten and graduate student Jontay Walton, were later announced. Four freshmen were added to the roster as well: Monica Brown, Lillian Young, Macy Tarrant and Amanda Apanavicius.

The team kicked off their 2018-19 season by traveling over the weekend to the VUU Lady Panther Tip-Off Classic hosted by Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. On Friday night, the team would gain their first win of the season, topping Virginia State University with a final score of 67-60.

In the first quarter the game, 5 of the 12 points Edinboro put up were from free throws. Points were few and far between for most of the second quarter, and again many of Edinboro’s points were from free throws. 

In this quarter there were gaps of almost 2 minutes at a time where neither team scored. At the end of the half the score sat at 30-27 with Edinboro in the lead.

In the second half, the pace was a lot quicker as Virginia State’s Yazmen Hannah put up a quick layup to score in the first 20 seconds. Edinboro’s Michaela Barnes then had a fast break and converted a layup less than 15 seconds later, pulling the Fighting Scots ahead. With less than 2 minutes left on the clock, Edinboro reached 50 points with a free throw by Michelle Jahn. With 3 seconds left in the third, Hannah sunk a 3-pointer for Virginia State, leaving the Fighting Scots in the lead, 52-45, at the end of the third.

The Trojans opened up scoring in the fourth. They scored a total of 8 points and tied up the game before Edinboro got back on track. With a little over 4 minutes left on the clock, Virginia State took the lead 58-57, but 20 seconds later ‘Boro pulled ahead again.

Edinboro’s Rosten and Walton then put up 7 unanswered points to push the final score to 67-60.

Four Fighting Scots recorded double-digit points in the win: Rosten had a total of 21, Walton and Barnes scored 15 each and Jahn had 14. Edinboro scored a total of 17 points from turnovers, 42 points in the paint and 16 fast break points.

By the end of the first quarter against Virginia Union in their second game, the Scots trailed 21-9, but Edinboro would come back and pick up the pace by the end of the second. Edinboro bounced back in the second quarter to score 24 points. 

The third quarter began with a score of 46-33, with the Scots trailing, but with 2:11 left on the clock Virginia led by 28 points. Edinboro worked to tighten the gap throughout the fourth quarter, but at the end of the contest it would be the tournament hosts who took the win.

Familiar names, Walton, Rosten and Jahn all led in points for the team throughout the weekend. Freshmen Young, Brown and Tarrant put their first college points on the board, as well.

On Tuesday night, the team traveled again to face off against Wheeling Jesuit, where the Fighting Scots won 92-61.

Wheeling Jesuit put the first points on the board to start the contest, but Edinboro would quickly pick up the pace and take a lead. Wheeling Jesuit caught up to ‘Boro quickly in the first and both teams stayed neck-and-neck throughout the second quarter. 

Coming back from halftime the score sat at 38-35 with Edinboro in the lead. From the third quarter on, the Fighting Scots were very careful to try to foul as little as possible because free throws played a factor in how the Cardinals caught up to ‘Boro in the first half. With the combination of few fouls and many points, Edinboro was able to take a large lead by the end of the game.

The Fighting Scots women’s basketball team will next be in action on Dec. 1 when they will once again travel, this time to West Chester University and again the next day to Bloomsburg University to play in their first two PSAC games of the season. They return to McComb Fieldhouse Dec. 8 for a five-game home stand.

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

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