Women’s basketball dunks Cal U 77-53, clinches playoff spot

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Women’s basketball dunks Cal U 77-53, clinches playoff spot by Jackson Loepp
Photo: Jackson Loepp

The Fighting Scots women’s basketball team will be heading to the PSAC playoffs for the 11th year in a row after a dominant performance at McComb Fieldhouse against California University of Pennsylvania. They would defeat the Vulcans, 77-53.

The Scots moved to 14-8 overall and 12-6 in conference play with the win. They also broke a third place PSAC tie with the Vulcans with the victory. 

The last time the two teams had met, on Jan. 11, Cal was nationally ranked and Edinboro upset them, 73-72. That victory actually kicked off a hot streak for the Fighting Scots, as they won 11 of 12 since the game.

When asked her thoughts on the team’s performance since the first meeting with Cal, senior Cheniya Sharpe said, “I don’t really think it has changed too much. We all kind of learned how to play better together and grow our chemistry together, so that everybody comes out with energy and we’re all ready to play.”

Sharpe scored 14 points and was instrumental in leading the team to their victory, an effort that got off to an early start. Throughout the first quarter, the Fighting Scots almost completely shut out Cal, limiting them to only five points. Edinboro jumped out to a double-digit lead in the meantime.

Going forward to the end of the half, the Fighting Scots continued widening their lead, with freshman Rana Elhusseini and Michaela Barnes scoring a combined 24 points by the end of quarter two. Edinboro would lead at the intermission, 41-20.

After the half, the crowd roared to life as Edinboro increased the lead to a high of 25 before Cal rallied to get some points on the board. The third quarter would end at 54-36 in EU’s favor.

Throughout the last quarter of the game, Edinboro pushed the lead to beyond 30 points several times, with Barnes scoring 30 points total. This was her seventh 30-point game this season. 

On Wednesday, Edinboro took to the road to face off against No. 4 Indiana University of Pennsylvania (after The Spectator’s press deadline). IUP has only lost one game this season, which was in mid-February to Cal. 

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