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Melting pot of Scots help women’s basketball in opening games

Story first appeared on edinboronow.com on Dec. 2, 2015 and in the Edinboro University Spectator on Dec. 3, 2015.

ERIE- The Edinboro women’s basketball team played in three different states so far this young season.

Despite living on the road there was one constant. Winning.

Through the first nine games of the season the squad has played in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia and along the travels the Fighting Scots accumulated a 7-2 record overall and a 3-1 ledger in the PSAC.

Since its 2-0 start at the PSAC-MEC Challenge to begin the young season, head coach Stan Swank’s group has gone 4-2. The Fighting Scots earned wins against Slippery Rock, Mansfield, Johnson C. Smith and St. Augustine’s while falling to Kutztown and Virginia Union.

“If you told me before that you could be 6-2 after eight games, I would have said that it would be pretty spectacular,” Swank said after notching their seventh win of the season on Tuesday night against Mercyhurst. “I like how we are playing. I think one of the reasons we scheduled so many [early on] is because we wanted them to learn.”

Edinboro opened up PSAC play back on Nov. 18 with an 83-66 win against Slippery Rock in its home opener this season at McComb Fieldhouse. Five Fighting Scots scored in double-figures, including Maggie Moore, who recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

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Edinboro’s Michelle Jahn has been named PSAC West Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week twice already this season (Contributed/EU Sports Information).

The ladies hosted a pair of PSAC East foes on Nov. 21 and 22 for the first crossover action of the season, which brought Kutztown and Mansfield to the Boro.

The Scots battled the Golden Bears of Kutztown on Nov. 21, emerging as 65-63 losers, the first conference loss of the season for Boro. The ladies struggled shooting the ball on the afternoon, draining just 33.3 perfect of their shot attempts from the floor. Aignee Freeland led all Boro scorers with 15 points.

Swank’s group earned a bounce back win on Nov. 22, as Edinboro dealt Mansfield a 95-61 victory in a Sunday matinee at McComb Fieldhouse. Four ladies reached double-digit scoring, led by junior transfer Katie Fischer, who netted 22 points as the former Mercyhurst Laker was 4-for-6 on three-point attempts.

Despite the Thanksgiving holiday last week, it was business as usual for the team. The ladies visited Virginia Union on Nov. 25 where the Scots fell 101-64 before participating in the IUP-Lodestar Classic at Indiana (Pa.) on Nov. 28 and 29. The Fighting Scots collected a pair of wins, a 60-46 triumph against Johnson C. Smith on Nov. 28 and a 76-33 victory over St. Augustine’s

“Our chemistry is tremendous right now,” Swank commented about his group. “I just enjoy this team right now. This team is so much fun to be around. They are good people and have good character. They are very receptive to coaching. They are seeing things and picking things up. They just keep getting better and better and it is fun to watch.”

Most recently, Edinboro cruised to a 64-42 victory against the Mercyhurst Lakers on Tuesday night in Erie. Michelle Jahn, who got the start, scored 22 points, to go along with Freeland’s double-double as the York, Pennsylvania native logged 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Fischer has continued her early season success and Freeland is on course, but a surprise thus far is the freshman Jahn. The Edinboro native has been named the PSAC West Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week twice so far, including last week.

“She has ice, I think, going through her veins,” Swank said with a smile. “She’s doing a great job. She understands what she needs to do and she has learned her role. She is playing very, very well.”

Edinboro hits the road for the second crossover set this season as the Fighting Scots visit East Stroudsburg on Dec. 4 and West Chester on Dec. 5.

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