Women split final two games of regular season

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 5:40 PM

 Indiana 88, Edinboro 66

Four ‘Boro basketball seniors walked a path lined by their teammates before taking on Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) on Feb. 27. 

Michelle Jahn, Allison Thompson, Jontay Walton and Ciara Rosten each walked to center court as accolades of their time with the Fighting Scots were read over the loud speaker.

“I was just truly happy for each one of their accomplishments and thankful that I was able to call them my teammates,” stated junior Michaela Barnes. 

She continued: “They accomplished so much individually, but we also accomplished so much as a team.”

Unfortunately, the celebration would end there. IUP would start off on a 11-0 run. The Crimson Hawks would retain this lead throughout the entirety of the game, leading at the half, 42-21.

The Crimson Hawks led by 37 points at the end of the third. Edinboro was able to cut into the lead throughout the fourth (24 total points for the Fighting Scots), but still fell, 88-60. 

Edinboro made only six of their 23 attempted 3-pointers in the game, along with going 19-61 from the field. Barnes was the top scorer of the night, pouring in a total of 21.

With this win, IUP moved to 23-2 overall (18-2 in the PSAC) and the Fighting Scots moved to 18-7 overall (14-6 in the PSAC.) Edinboro looked to Saturday where they would travel up the road to Mercyhurst University to finish out the regular season.

Edinboro 76, Mercyhurst 54

The Edinboro women’s basketball team earned a decisive 76-54 win at Mercyhurst University to close their regular season on March 2. 

The first quarter would be back-and-forth, as neither team led by more than two points at any time. The Lakers led, 19-17, going into the second. 

‘Boro was able to jump ahead before the end of the first half, though, leading by eight after a 3-pointer by Abbey Antolic. 

The Fighting Scots kept their lead throughout the third quarter, leading 58-45 going into the fourth. With a jumper from Barnes, the Fighting Scots were up by 20 with less than three minutes left.

Barnes led in scoring with 26. With additional contributions from Jahn (10), Walton (11) and Rosten (13), the team’s four 1,000-point scorers made up 60 of the squad’s 76 points. Edinboro’s trio of freshmen — Macy Tarrant (2), Lillian Young (2) and Monica Brown (7) — also made strides on the scoresheet. 

“Usually players their age do not get many opportunities, but it goes to show how much we truly need each and every person on our team,” Barnes stated, adding that the playing experience will also assist those players next season as sophomores.

The Fighting Scots ended their regular season 20-7 overall and 15-6 in the PSAC. The team moved on to the first round of the PSAC Tournament on March 4 as they hosted local rival Gannon University (Page B1).

Madi Gross | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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