Women’s team clinches PSAC playoff spot, tops tough foe in Cal U

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 6:25 PM
Women’s team clinches PSAC playoff spot, tops tough foe in Cal U by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Madi Gross

The Edinboro women’s basketball team secured their spot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoffs on Feb. 3 with a 79-66 win over California University of Pennsylvania at home. 

Following the win, Edinboro moved up the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Top 25 rankings, going from No. 15 to No. 13, and placed No. 18 in the Division II Sports Information Directors Association (D2SIDA) Top 25 poll after weeks of showing up under teams “also receiving votes.” They also improved to second place in the D2SIDA Atlantic Region Women’s Basketball Poll. 

Cal U fell to No. 20 in the WBCA rankings. 

Edinboro struck first with a Jontay Walton layup, which led to a 13-5 early run that would put Edinboro on top. The Vulcans would score 4 straight, though, to cut the lead to 13-9 at the end of the first quarter. 

Edinboro’s Ayana Vaughn would open the scoring in the second quarter with a layup after an offensive rebound off a missed Michelle Jahn 3-point attempt. Cal U brought the deficit to within single digits with four minutes left in the half, but Edinboro would maintain their margin, leading 32-27. 

The Vulcans would open up the scoring in the third quarter, but Edinboro put up 10 points in three minutes to increase their lead to 42-32. Ciara Rosten put up a layup along with Jahn, who also put up two free throws, and Michaela Barnes finished the streak with two layups. 

Edinboro would lead by 16 points twice during the final quarter on their way to winning. The victory comes after Edinboro lost to Cal U, 74-71, earlier in the season. The Vulcans were the first team this season to beat Edinboro.

Walton had 19 points and 5 assists in the effort, while Jahn went 9-10 from the free-throw line. Rosten had 17 points and 15 rebounds en route to being named the PSAC West Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week.

Edinboro held California’s Shartara Parson, who leads all PSAC scorers, to only 9 points. 

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach Callie Wheeler said the team played well, even when Rosten and Whitney Allen were forced to sit for extended stretches so that they wouldn’t foul themselves out of the game.

“It feels really good. Our girls worked really hard. They worked together as a team,” Wheeler said. “There were times where we dealt with some adversity with foul trouble, but they hung in there and really stuck together as a unit.”

The Fighting Scots will take on Gannon University at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. when they celebrate Make-a-Wish Day.

Erica Burkholder can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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