Women's basketball team falls to Pitt-Johnstown

Category:  Sports
Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at 8:47 AM
Women's basketball team falls to Pitt-Johnstown by Madi Gross
Photo: Madi Gross

Similar to the men, the Edinboro women’s basketball team experienced a reversal of results against Pitt-Johnstown on Feb. 6. 

Following a close 68-63 win in January at Pitt-Johnstown, the story flipped at McComb Fieldhouse, with Pitt-Johnstown winning 73-68.

Before the game began, Ciara Rosten was recognized for her 1,000th career point that she reached a few weeks ago at Clarion University. She received a 1,000th-point basketball along with the recognition. This game would prove to be a big night for Rosten, as she also recorded her fifth double-double on the season and celebrated her birthday.

Both teams met in the middle of the court to exchange handshakes in honor of PSAC Sportsmanship Week. Teams throughout the PSAC did the same for the duration of the week.

Rosten scored Edinboro’s first five points before Pitt-Johnstown sunk a 3-point shot to shorten the gap early. After back-and-forth scoring, the Mountain Cats would tie up the score at 13-13 with a little over three minutes left on the clock in the first. They would take the lead less than a minute later. 

With 31 seconds left on the clock, Edinboro’s Michaela Barnes put up two points for ‘Boro, pulling them ahead 17-16. Pitt-Johnstown would respond with a quick layup of their own with very little time on the clock, pushing them in the lead at the end of the first quarter.

Two shots at the line from Rosten would bring the Fighting Scots ahead early in the second half. After a turnover from Pitt-Johnstown, Barnes came in with a steal and got the ball to teammate Jontay Walton, who sunk a 3-point shot.

The Fighting Scots led from then on, until a foul on freshman Monica Brown put the Mountain Cats’ Gabrielle Smith at the line to shoot two. Smith would have a total of 21 points in the game, making her the highest scoring player on the court for the night. 

Points from Michelle Jahn, Barnes, Walton and Rosten in the last half of the second quarter would be enough to push the Fighting Scots eight points ahead at halftime. 

Both teams would battle in the third quarter, totaling 17 points each. Seven of Pitt-Johnstown’s 17 points in this quarter came from the bench, whereas Edinboro had a total of two bench points in the entire game.

Edinboro continued to lead, 58-50, going into the fourth quarter, but Pitt-Johnstown would outscore them, 23-10, in the final frame.  

With the game tied, 68-68, with 53 seconds left, fouls from Walton, Jahn and Rosten would put the Mountain cats at the line three different times in the last 40 seconds. Five points came from these three fouls, enough to secure the Mountain Cats’ win.

Walton (20), Barnes (18) and Rosten (18) combined for 56 of Edinboro’s total points. Edinboro struggled shooting from the floor, going only 5/24 on 3-point shots and only 23/69 on attempted field goals.

With this loss, the Fighting Scots’ four game winning streak came to an end and their record moved to 14-6 overall and 9-5 in the PSAC.

Madi Gross | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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