Women's basketball winter break recap

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Thursday, January 24th, 2019 at 9:46 AM
Women's basketball winter break recap by Madi Gross
Photo: Ben McCullough

Before heading into winter, the Fighting Scots women’s basketball team rode a record-breaking scoring performance to a win over East Stroudsburg University at home in McComb Fieldhouse. The Scots won in overtime, 93-89.

Junior Michaela Barnes exploded for 42 in the win, a school record. Her 19 free throws made and 24 free throws attempted were also school records.

The Fighting Scots were able to gain the win despite the Warriors leading in second chance points, bench points, points in the paint, and fast break points. 

Edinboro would outscore the Warriors, 18-14, in overtime. 

After this game Edinboro sat at 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the PSAC.

Days after winter commencement, the women’s team returned to McComb to take an 80-48 win against Mansfield University. The top scorers in this game included Walton with a total of 28, Barnes with 15, Jahn with 12, and Bridgette Shaffer with 10. 

Each of these top scorers led in rebounds as well, including Shaffer with 12 total rebounds and Jahn with 8. Barnes and Walton each recorded a total of 4 boards. Edinboro had a total of 23 points off turnovers against the Mounties. Of Edinboro’s 80 points, 32 came from the paint, 17 were results of fast breaks and 14 points came off the bench. After this game, Edinboro sat at 5-2 overall.

It was after these first few games that the 2017-2018 women’s Fighting Scots basketball team was presented with their PSAC Championship rings that they earned last season. 

The entire team gathered on the court for a picture after each player was presented with a ring. Alumni Ayana Vaughn and Whitney Allen also returned to the court for their rings and for a group picture with their former teammates.

For a full winter break recap, including their defeat of Cal. U, go to EdinboroNow.com.

“My mom was like ‘Do you want to take it?’ and I was like ‘No, just keep it in my room, I want to look at it every night,’” explained Walton. “We’ve been patiently waiting for those rings so we were really, really, really, really excited to get those rings. All the hard work that we did last year - all of our accomplishments - it was really a good moment to see something tangible that we’re able to see and appreciate.”

“It feels great,” Ciara Rosten exclaimed. She added that it is a great feeling to have them as a constant reminder of all of the hard work that she and her teammates put in last year, and how humbled she is to have another season as a Fighting Scot.

Walton remincised of last season and the teammates that she had, adding: “It’s a new season. The grind is still there, we’ve still got the same goal, so we just have to keep fighting.”

The very next day the fighting scots women’s basketball team returned to McComb Fieldhouse to face off against Lock Haven University in a PSAC conference face-off. The usual suspects put up points in the double digits for Edinboro in this game, including Barnes (23 points), Shaffer (21 points), Jahn (15 points) and Walton (11 points). Abbey Antolic recorded a total of 5 rebounds as well as Walton, while Barnes had a total of 8 rebounds in this game and Shaffer had a total of 12. 

With her 21 points in this game, Shaffer reached a career high. Rosten made an appearance in this game after an injury left her out of play for a handful of games. 

“Getting healthy and getting back out on the court means everything to me since basketball is my number one focus and I’m trying to play [professionally,]” Rosten explained. “Just working, rehabbing and trying to stay healthy this season is key.” 

After this game Edinboro sat 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the PSAC.

The women’s team capped off 2018 with a non-PSAC 97-57 win against Cheyney University. Edinboro amassed a total of 30 points off of turnovers in this game as well as 17 second chance points. Double-digit points from Barnes (23 points), Walton (17 points), Shaffer (11 points) and sophomore Sarah Fisher (21 points) all contributed to the team’s 97 points. This included 40 points in the paint, 23 points from the bench and 10 fast break points. Fighting Scot’s The Fighting Scots’ record moved to 7-2 overall and as this game was a non-PSAC match their conference record remained at 3-1.

In the new year, the Edinboro women’s basketball team started off with a 99-92 win against California University of Pennsylvania. Although the Vulcans led in turnovers, fast break points, bench points (22 as opposed to ‘Boro’s 2) and points in the paint, Edinboro came out on top in this one. 

Rosten had a total of 13 points and 7 rebounds. Barnes had a total of 23 points and 5 boards in the game. Shaffer also recorded 5 rebounds and also had a total of 22 points. Walton scored a total of 17 points in this game, surpassing 1,000 career points in the process. 

“I didn’t know how close I was to breaking it but I definitely knew I was close,” Walton stated in regards to making it past her 1,000th point. “I wasn’t sure if my points transferred over from my old school but I’m very humble to have gotten my 1,000th point - and in three years at this university - so I’m very humbled.” 

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my teammates and my coaches,” she added. Noting that reaching this achievement was a personal goal for her, Walton explained how she felt before and after the accomplishment: “I was definitely excited and relieved that that exciting moment was over. Y’know because now you don’t have to focus on that, now you can focus on winning the game and going into our next challenge.” 

After this game Edinboro sat 8-2 overall and 4-1 in the PSAC.

On Jan. 5 the Edinboro women’s basketball team embarked on what would be their first of three away games before the end of winter break. On their first stop, the Fighting Scots traveled to Seton Hill University where they would net a 69-64 win. At the half, Seton Hill led 34-26, but Edinboro exploded for 30 points in the fourth. With 4:42 left on the clock, Walton sunk a 3-point shot to give ‘Boro the lead that they kept until the end of the game. With their sixth straight win, Edinboro sat 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the PSAC.

The team went in search of another win to add to their streak at Kutztown University but instead were given a 72-70 loss. Both teams started off with aggressive offenses and were neck-and-neck until the very end of the first quarter when Edinboro pulled ahead 26-23. 

The second proved to be the same as again both teams went back and forth until the half, when Kutztown led 39-35. 

Edinboro’s points in the third came mostly from the line, pulling them to lead 51-47. The last quarter of the game proved to be the most intense of the game, with points coming from all over the court. Two consecutive layups from Kutztown’s Gabbi Wright pulled the Golden Bears to a 72-69 lead with 1 second left on the clock. In the last second, Jahn was fouled, putting her at the line for two. She was able to convert one, but it wasn’t enough to catch up to Kutztown, and their streak was ended. Several Fighting Scots scored in the double-digits, including Rosten (16 points), Jahn (14 points), Jahn (15 Points), Walton (11 points). After the loss, Edinboro sat 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the PSAC.

Traveling to their last game before the end of winter break, the Fighting Scots women’s basketball team went to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. This game would also be a close matchup with a final score of 68-63 with the Fighting Scots coming out on top. 

Shaffer put up a total of 12 points for the Scots in this game, Allison Thompson recorded a total of 6 points and Rosten added 4 points of her own. Walton scored a career-high 38 points and pulled in a total of 5 rebounds. 

At the end of winter break, the women’s record sat 10-3 overall and 6-2 in the PSAC.

As classes resumed, the women geared up to face local rival Gannon University on Jan. 16 in which Edinboro added another loss to their record with a final score of 71-51. Despite three of Edinboro’s players scoring in double-digit figures, the team as a whole made just 31.1 percent of their field goals, making 19-of-61. 

Gannon recorded a total of 34 bench points in this game as opposed to Edinboro’s 6 points off the bench. The Golden Knights also led in points in the paint with a total of 32. After the loss, Edinboro’s record fell to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in the PSAC.

Madi Gross | sports.spectator@gmail.com

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