Story first appeared in the Edinboro University Spectator’s Feb. 5, 2015 issue.
CALIFORNIA, Pa. – Cal won the opening tip of Saturday’s game against Edinboro.
The Vulcans never looked back after that.
California (Pa.) got off to a fast start and cruised to a 75-48 wire-to-wire victory over Edinboro (14-6 overall, 11-5 PSAC) on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center, sweeping the season series between the teams.
California (Pa.) won 76-48 in the first meeting between the two this season, back on Nov. 22 at McComb Fieldhouse, the worst margin of defeat this season. The second worst, was Saturday’s meeting.
The Vulcans (17-3, 14-2) opened up the contest on a 15-2 run in the first five minutes, capping off the impressive start with a three-pointer by Miki Glenn, who led Cal (Pa.) with 19 points, and also contributed five rebounds, playing all 40 minutes of the game.
During that scoring run, the Fighting Scots turned the ball over five times and ended with 27 turnovers, the most in a game since Boro coughed it up 29 times just over two years ago in a win against Mercyhurst.
Edinboro wasn’t as lucky this time around as the Vulcans turned those mistakes into points, scoring 33 markers off of turnovers.
“I was very adamant about turnovers,” head coach Stan Swank admitted after the game. “It was my biggest concern because of the way we played the last time we played them. I think our kids played scared. I think they were afraid. They looked like they didn’t want to make a mistake or turn it over and that is usually when you turn it over.”
One Fighting Scot was not timid on the hardwood and that was Aignee’ Freeland. The junior was the lone Scot in double-figures, shooting 11-19 from the field, tallying a game-high 23 points and also chipping in a team-high six rebounds.
“We put in some new offenses, but they didn’t execute. Finally we just started posting up Aignee’ because they couldn’t deal with her. We knew we wanted to get the ball to Aignee’ and get the ball inside.”
The rest of the starting lineup struggled immensely shooting 26.1 percent from the floor, including Lauren Hippo going 0-8 from the floor.
Laurel Lindsay couldn’t get into a rhythm either, totaling seven points and six turnovers as she battled foul trouble all game and fouled out with a little over six minutes remaining.
“Our guards struggled,” Swank said “She [Cal coach Jess Strom] is smart enough to go after our guards and she has done it twice now. The guards haven’t responded. That is good strategy on her part and our kids aren’t stepping up.”
Edinboro trailed 45-23 at the break and as many as 32 points in the game when Cal led 65-33 with 10:26 left in the contest.
Despite the loss, Edinboro sits fourth in the western division, and need just one more win to clinch a conference tournament berth, as of Feb. 1. The top six teams in each division qualify for the postseason.
The Scots are winless so far this season against Indiana (Pa.), California (Pa.) and Gannon, the three teams ahead of them in the west.
“I’m confident we are going to get in [to the tournament],” Swank said. “Some teams we just don’t match up well against. Cal we are struggling with right now. Some of the other teams, IUP and Gannon, we are struggling with. Everyone else we aren’t really struggling with. We need to make a step and beat somebody above us. We aren’t beating anyone above us right now. That’s got to be what we are striving for.”
The ladies make the quick jaunt to Erie to face Mercyhurst on Saturday at 1 p.m. and return home to host Slippery Rock at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 11.
EDINBORO 48, CALIFORNIA (PA) 75
EDINBORO (14-6, 11-5 PSAC)
HIPPO, Lauren 0-8 2-2 2; LINDSAY, Laurel 3-6 0-0 7; FREELAND, Aignee’ 11-19 1-2 23; ALLEN, Whitney 1-1 0-0 2; MAJEWSKI, Val 2-8 0-1 4; BOWEN, Alexis 0-1 0-0 0; MOORE, Maggie 1-1 0-0 2; JAHN, Lindsey 0-0 0-0 0; RIABCHENKO, Anastasia 0-0 0-0 0; JOHNSON, Nicole 0-2 0-0 0; BROWN, Raven 0-0 2-2 2; MANCINI, Hope 3-8 0-2 6. Totals: 21-54 5-8 48.
CALIFORNIA (PA) (17-3, 14-2)
MAHADY, Emma 5-9 3-4 15; FRATZ, Kaitlynn 5-13 2-4 13; DORAN, Lana 1-5 0-0 2; GLENN, Miki 5-7 8-10 19; KUKOLJ, Irina 3-10 4-4 10; BARRETT, Seairra 3-9 2-2 8; DIXON, CeCe 0-0 0-0 0; NELSON, Brittany 1-2 0-0 0; MARTIN, Precious 3-5 0-0 6. Totals: 26-60 19-24 75.
Edinboro……………….. 23 25 – 48
California (Pa.)………… 45 30 – 75
3-point goals—Edinboro 1-8 (HIPPO, Lauren 0-1; LINDSAY, Laurel 1-2; MAJEWSKI, Val 0-1; BOWEN, Alexis 0-1; MANCINI, Hope 0-3), California (Pa.) 4-11 (MAHADY, Emma 2-3; FRATZ, Kaitlynn 1-3; DORAN, Lana 0-2; GLENN, Miki 1-2; KUKOLJ, Irina 0-1).