Story first appeared in the Feb. 26, 2015 edition of the Edinboro University Spectator.
Clarion held a 2-0 lead 53 seconds into its game with Edinboro back on Feb. 18, but only clung to that advantage for eight seconds.
Lauren Hippo drained a three-pointer on Edinboro’s next possession to take a 3-2 lead, and the Scots never looked back.
Boro had a big offensive first half, shut down Clarion defensively and cruised to an 81-51 victory against the Golden Eagles in Tippin Gymnasium.
The Hippo trey began a 22-3 scoring run for Edinboro (18-7 overall, 15-6 PSAC) that lasted nearly 10 minutes of game time. During that run a Val Majewski layup with 13:11 left in the first half granted Boro a double-digit lead, which the ladies would never see dip any lower than 10 points.
The offensive fire power was the norm for the Scots, however their 1-3-1 zone defensive look was different than their usual man-to-man defense.
“Clarion, they hurt us last time with driving, so we wanted to jam up the middle and see what they’d give us,” head coach Stan Swank said about the defensive shake-up. “So we ran the 1-3-1. We ran it earlier against Slippery Rock. This was just another opportunity to play it and our kids love playing it. We do a good job with it, but certain teams we can’t run it [against].”
The abnormal look affected the Golden Eagles (2-23, 1-19), especially in the first half. During Boro’s 22-3 run, Clarion went 1-13 from the floor and turned the ball over five times.
The sluggish stretch plagued Clarion’s first half production as the Golden Eagles trailed 41-15 at halftime, the lowest point total for an Edinboro opponent in the first half since Feb. of 2013.
The starting core remained in the game for the first part of the second half, but many gave way to reserves such as Lindsay Jahn, Anastasia Riabchenko and others as the half continued. Swank admitted he wanted another Scot to have more playing time though.
“It’s good to get those kids in and get them some experience,” he said. “I have worked a lot on getting Whitney [Allen] in. She has been playing a lot for us. She is in our rotation now. I wish I would have gotten Maggie [Moore] more minutes tonight and I didn’t. When you look back and you think about the coaching mistakes you made, that was one of them. I should have gotten her more minutes.”
One Fighting Scot who played all 40 minutes of the contest was Laurel Lindsay. The graduate guard tied her career-high with 23 points, dished out 10 assists and snagged eight rebounds, two shy of logging her second career triple-double.
Swank commented that Lindsay is playing at her best right now. She may have to continue that as fellow graduate guard Hope Mancini is still out with a finger injury, and may remain sidelined for some time.
According to Swank, Mancini will be out until at least the final four of the PSAC playoffs.
However, he along with the rest of the team, hopes to still be playing then, but they’d have to win two playoff games to get to that point. The first will be at home on Feb. 28, with the second on March 3, most likely being on the road.
Edinboro’s regular season ended yesterday with a game against Pitt-Johnstown. The ladies host a first-round PSAC postseason game on Saturday at 1 p.m.. Their opponent was still to be determined by press time.
*2.26.15 Update: Edinboro will host Seton Hill on Saturday in the PSAC first-round game.
EDINBORO 81, CLARION UNIVERSITY 51
EDINBORO (18-7, 15-6 PSAC)
LINDSAY, Laurel 9-14 2-4 23; MAJEWSKI, Valerie 5-13 3-4 15; HIPPO, Lauren
4-9 2-2 13; FREELAND, Aignee’ 4-13 2-4 10; MOORE, Maggie 4-5 0-0 8; RIABCHENKO Anastasia 2-2 1-2 5; ALLEN, Whitney 1-1 1-2 3; JOHNSON, Nicole 1-5 0-0 2; HOSPERS, Lily 1-1 0-0 2; BROWN, Raven 0-0 0-0 0; JAHN, Lindsey 0-0 0-0 0; BOWEN, Alexis 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-64 11-18 81.
CLARION UNIVERSITY (2-23, 1-19 PSAC)
JONES-CAREY, Delrika 8-17 2-2 18; STEUER, Kari 5-6 3-4 13; STRAW, Jen 3-6 4-6 10; HOLMES, Tania 2-11 2-2 7; TAYLOR, Maria 1-4 0-0 2; HARDEN-PULLIUM, Am. 0-5 1-2 1; HOYE, Leslie 0-6 0-0 0; COOK, Cara 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 19-61 12-16 51.
Edinboro…………………. 41 40 – 81
Clarion University………… 15 36 – 51
3-point goals–Edinboro 8-16 (LINDSAY, Laurel 3-4; HIPPO, Lauren 3-6; MAJEWSKI, Valerie 2-5; BOWEN, Alexis 0-1), Clarion University 1-16 (HOLMES,
Tania 1-7; HARDEN-PULLIUM, Am. 0-2; HOYE, Leslie 0-2; COOK, Cara 0-5).