Article first appeared in Thursday, Dec. 4’s issue of The Spectator.
BLOOMSBURG- Only 15 points from reserve players puts a lot of on the shoulders of the starting five to pour in the points.
However, the Fighting Scots received only eight points from three starters, dooming Edinboro.
#11 Boro (3-2, 1-1 PSAC) fell to #20 Bloomsburg, 59-49, Tuesday night at Nelson Field House as Lauren Hippo, Whitney Allen and Hope Mancini combined for only eight points in a game that pitted two PSAC foes against each other, but was a non-conference matchup.
Overall, the Scots shot 30 percent from the floor, however, Tuesday was not an isolated incident as the ladies are shooting just under 40 percent as a team so far this season.
“We are not scoring at all,” head coach Stan Swank said. “When you don’t score it puts pressure on you and allows them to put pressure on you up front. Then that turns into turnovers. We had 25 turnovers. That comes directly from not being able to score.
“We had three starters combine for eight points. You just can’t have that. We got to get some more scoring.”
Those 25 turnovers were the most since the Scots committed the same number against the same team, the Huskies, back in 2012.
The flurry of turnovers began early and often in the first half, but Edinboro was able to overcome that with scoring as the Scots got out to an early 8-2 lead, but Bloomsburg (3-1, 2-0) rallied off and 8-0 run over six minutes to knot it up at 10 midway through the first half.
The Scots went scoreless for nearly five minutes until graduate guard Laurel Lindsay made a free throw and followed it up with back-to-back-threes by Lindsay and fellow graduate guard Mancini, which knotted it up at 20 with 2:37 left in the first half.
The two squads battled until the Huskies, out of a timeout, beautifully executed an inbounds pass with four seconds left before halftime that resulted in an easy layup for Taylor Maldonado right before the buzzer to give Bloomsburg a 27-22 lead heading into the locker room.
Sophomore guard Allen got her first career start in the contest in hopes of a more stabilized offensive attack, but 12 first-half turnovers, proved the move not to be effective.
“We look very panicky with the ball on offense,” Swank admitted. “We aren’t letting things develop. I don’t think we are doing a very good job of getting Aignee’ the ball and getting her in a position to score. There is so many things involved that I think we have to really go back and look at what we are doing.”
The Scots did not want to look back at the first half when they emerged for the second-half, but it was not much better.
Edinboro went through two more lengthy scoring droughts, one where the Huskies went on a 10-0 scoring run in just under three minutes of game time.
The Huskies led by as many at 15 points in the second half, but Boro worked it down to eight after a Raven Brown three-pointer with 1:37 left, but Bloom stopped the bleeding and secured the victory.
As the team is still without 2013-14 All-American guard Val Majewski, due to injury, the squad has troubles playing as a unit.
“I think we are really struggling with the chemistry of the group and playing together,” said Swank. “I think that is what we are going to toy with is trying to get a group of five to play together and all be on the same page. Right now we are really struggling with that.”
The ladies will remain busy over the next few weeks starting with a pair of home games this weekend, hosting Mercyhurst on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Virginia State on Sunday at 1 p.m. Additionally, the squad will face Cheyney, Millersville, Lock Haven and Clarion at McComb Fieldhouse over the winter break and visit Shippensburg, Kutztown, Mansfield, Gannon and Indiana (Pa.) before the start of the spring semester.
BLOOMSBURG 59, EDINBORO 49
EDINBORO (3-2, 1-1 PSAC)
LINDSAY, Laurel 4-8 4-4 16; FREELAND, Aignee’ 4-9 2-2 10; MANCINI, Hope 2-7
0-0 6; BROWN, Raven 2-2 0-0 6; MOORE, Maggie 2-6 0-3 4; HOSPERS, Lily 0-0
2-2 2; COOK, Bri’ana 1-2 0-0 2; HIPPO, Lauren 0-10 2-2 2; JOHNSON, Nicole
0-3 1-2 1; ALLEN, Whitney 0-1 0-0 0; BOWEN, Alexis 0-1 0-0 0; RIABCHENKO
Anastasia 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-50 11-15 49.
BLOOMSBURG (3-1, 2-0 PSAC)
SADOWSKI, Adreana 6-12 0-0 12; MALDONADO, Taylor 4-9 2-2 10; BOEHNER, Camden
4-9 1-2 9; SIMMONS, Marla 4-14 0-0 8; TAMANOSKY, Nikki 2-4 3-4 7; KAMINSKI,
Taylor 2-3 2-3 6; KLUNK, Morgan 1-5 2-2 4; FORD, Jocelyn 0-3 3-4 3;
MACIEJEWSKI, Erica 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-60 13-17 59.
Edinboro…………………. 22 27 – 49
Bloomsburg……………….. 27 32 – 59
3-point goals–Edinboro 8-17 (LINDSAY, Laurel 4-6; MANCINI, Hope 2-4; BROWN,
Raven 2-2; HIPPO, Lauren 0-4; BOWEN, Alexis 0-1), Bloomsburg 0-6 (;
MALDONADO, Taylor 0-1; BOEHNER, Camden 0-3; SIMMONS, Marla 0-1; FORD,