Women's basketball continues winning streak in Hoops for Harlie game

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Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 9:22 AM
Women's basketball continues winning streak in Hoops for Harlie game by Madi Gross
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The Edinboro women’s basketball team was able to continue their dominance with an 88-69 win over Clarion Saturday as they raised money as part of their annual Hoops for Harlie game.

“It’s a big event for us,” explained Head Women’s Basketball Coach Callie Wheeler. “Every year we try to raise money for Harlie Rae Bolt, who was a student here at Edinboro who unfortunately lost a short battle with leukemia lymphoma.”

“They’re (Bolt’s family) like family to us — they’re our extended family here at Edinboro, and we really take pride in raising money for her cause and donating it in honor of her name. So, we’re really excited about the event.”

A 3-pointer from Rosten started what would be a back-and-forth scoring duel of a first quarter. With three minutes left on the clock, points from Abbey Antolic, Lillian Young and Michaela Barnes helped the Fighting Scots push ahead by 11 points.

The second quarter saw extended periods with neither team scoring. Despite this, the Fighting Scots managed to score a total of 24 points for the quarter to lead by 27 points.

In the first half, Edinboro shot 50 percent at the line, almost 60 percent from behind the arc and 66.7 percent of field goals. They also grabbed a total of 19 rebounds.

Edinboro started the second half leading 50-23. 

Rosten converted a layup to start off the third, followed by a seven-point run from Clarion, which would be halted by Rosten as she sunk another layup with 7:27 left on the clock. The Fighting Scots led by 28 with two minutes left in the third after two shots from Barnes at the line, and at the end of the quarter ‘Boro led 70-48.

Despite collecting only 18 points throughout the fourth, the Fighting Scots led in this quarter by 23 points at several different times and closed out the game leading by 19.

Barnes recorded another 24 points, making it the fifth game in a row that she has scored over 20 points. The standout junior recorded her first career double-double with 10 rebounds. 

 “I think right now Michaela is playing her best basketball, and I think that’s what it’s all about at this point in the season. It’s when you have to be playing your best, and I think Michaela is doing that,” Wheeler said. “And I think she’s one of the best players in the league right now.”

Ahead of Saturday’s contest, Barnes was named to the 2018-2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America All-District 2 Women’s Basketball Team. To top it off, Barnes was named PSAC West Co-Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row and the fourth time this season.

The Fighting Scots then looked toward Wednesday as they were set to host Indiana University of Pennsylvania at McComb Fieldhouse. This game occurred after press time.

Edinboro goes into the Senior Night game sitting 19-6 overall and 14-5 in the PSAC. When these two teams last met at IUP on Jan. 21, the Crimson Hawks took the win 97-73.

Madi Gross | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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