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Women’s hoops opens season 2-0

Story first appeared on edinboronow.com on Nov. 18, 2015 and in the Edinboro University Spectator on Nov. 19, 2015.

Katie Fischer started her Edinboro career this past weekend for the women’s basketball team.

The junior started it off on the right foot.

The Mercyhurst transfer logged a pair of double- doubles over the weekend as the Edinboro women’s basketball team swept its two games in the PSAC-MEC Challenge in Institute, West Virginia, hosted by West Virginia State University, starting the 2015-16 campaign 2-0.

The Fighting Scots defeated Charleston (WV) 82-66 on Friday afternoon and pulled out a 55-51 win against host West Virginia State on Sunday afternoon.

In the season opening contest, the Fighting Scots cruised to victory against the Golden Eagles as five Scots scored in double digits.

Along with Fischer, who recorded 12 points and 11 assists, Aignee Freeland and Maggie Moore also notched double-doubles in the victory. Freeland scored a team-high 23 points and logged 10 rebounds while Moore had 15 points and a team-leading 11 rebounds to her name.

Head coach Stan Swank was happy with Fischer’s play.

“She played really well,” Swank said. “She probably exceeded expectations this early on. She does a great job finding Aignee. She actually sacrifices a little bit because she is a scorer, but she is passing the ball and setting people up.”

Chyress Lockhart led Charleston (WV) with 25 points.

After enjoying a day off on Saturday, the Scots returned to the hardwood on Sunday afternoon and utilized some late-game heroics to notch its second win in this young season.

Boro went on a 7-0 scoring run in the final 63 seconds of the game to pull ahead of the Yellow Jackets.

Freeland once again led all Boro scorers with 22 points. Freshman Cheniya Sharpe logged nine points and 12 rebounds coming off the bench.

Fischer notched 11 points and 10 rebounds. Additionally, she finished with seven assists, three shy of a triple-double. Aurreshae Hines led West Virginia States’s offense with 17 points.

Swank thought his team matured after just the first weekend of the season.

“I thought our younger players really grew up,” he said. “They saw at St. Bonaventure the level of basketball in college. I think they grew up and rose to the occasion this weekend.”

Edinboro opened up its PSAC and home slate of its 2015-16 season on Wednesday against Slippery Rock, after deadline for this issue. The ladies welcome a pair of eastern division foes to McComb Fieldhouse this weekend with Kutztown on Saturday and Mansfield on Sunday.

Both games are slated for 1 p.m. tip-offs.

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