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Historic women’s basketball 2014-15 campaign full of individual highlights, misses team accomplishments

Story first appeared in the March 26, 2015 edition of the Edinboro University Spectator, which was distributed on campus and around the town of Edinboro.

Towards the end of the 2014-15 Edinboro women’s basketball season it seemed to be a constant that there was a pre-game ceremony at home games celebrating an individual feat that was achieved.

However, for the Fighting Scots they could only celebrate individual accomplishments as team accolades never came about.

Edinboro finished 20-8 overall, 16-6 in the PSAC, and qualified for the PSAC postseason, but failed to advance to the NCAA tournament, which it has done the last four seasons.

The Scots earned the fourth-seed in the PSAC playoffs and defeated Seton Hill in the first round before being ousted by #3 Indiana (Pa.) in the quarterfinals, ending the season for head coach Stan Swank and company and also closed the book on some of the best careers in Edinboro women’s basketball history.

The ladies endured a rough start to the season with All-American senior Val Majewski sidelined with an injury. The squad was 3-2 in the first five games of the season in Majewski’s absence and also fell 66-57 to Slippery Rock on Dec. 3 in Majewski’s first game back.

With the full line-up, the Scots rattled off eight-straight wins to thrust them back into the top of the western division and eventually back into the playoff picture, but they could never reach the top tier of the west, as they went 1-5 against the Indiana (Pa.), Gannon and California (Pa.) in the regular season.

The individual accolades that arose came from great careers, some that are now over and others that are still ongoing. Swank kick-started the barrage of special moments with winning his 500th career game at Edinboro. Additionally, he won his 600th game in his career, combining his Boro wins with his previous stop, Parkland Junior College.

Additionally, Laurel Lindsay eclipsed 1,000 career points, as she came back for her graduate season. Additionally, Lindsay finished her career as the first Fighting Scot and third in PSAC history to have at least 1,000 career points, 500 assists and 500 rebounds.

Also, junior Aignee’ Freeland surpassed the 1,000 point plateau this season.

The individual accomplishments were noticed outside the Boro as well. Lindsay was named to the All-PSAC west team while Freeland and Majewski made the All-PSAC west second team.

Lindsay hangs up her jersey ranked 23rd in scoring, 19th in rebounding and 2nd in career assists. The graduate guard also was named WBCA Honorable Mention All-American for the second straight season. Also, she holds the school record for most games played in school history at 120 and was 95-25 in those contests.

Majewski played only two seasons as a Scot, but earned plenty of accolades. She ranked tenth in career three-pointers and second in career three-point field goal percentage.

“Those kids have been just a thrill,” Swank said. “Laurel Lindsay has been a part of five 20-win seasons. They’ve been to the Elite Eight, they’ve won three conference championships, [and] it is incredible what they have accomplished. It’s just mesmerizing to look back at what they’ve accomplished. For me it has just been an honor to be a part of it and watch them work.”

Additionally Boro loses Hope Mancini, Anastasia Riabchencko, and Raven Brown. However, three starters will be returning, Nicole Johnson, Lauren Hippo and Freeland, in hopes of returning to the national spotlight.

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