Basketball: Indiana (Pa.) out rebounds Boro, wins 91-81

Contributed Photo: Edinboro Sports Information
Despite a 30-point performance from Lauren Hippo (above), Edinboro fell to Indiana (Pa.), 91-81, Saturday
Lindsay reaches rare air in loss

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

After defeating Slippery Rock on Feb. 11, avenging an early-season loss, Edinboro looked to do the same on Saturday against Indiana (Pa.).

Unfortunately for the Scots, the Crimson Hawks had other plans. IUP had five players in double-figures and dominated Boro (17-7, 14-6 PSAC) on the boards in a 91-81 victory on Fighting Scots Fighting Cancer Day in McComb Fieldhouse, sweeping the season series.

“You can’t give up 91 points. That’s on our defense,” head coach Stan Swank said.

“If you give up 91 points, you aren’t winning many basketball games. We struggled defensively. It is not a shock. They killed us on the boards. Defensive boards. It is the blue collar stuff.”

Despite being outrebounded 38-23 and 22-13 on the defensive glass, Edinboro’s offense kept the ladies in the game for most of the contest.

After a Laurel Lindsay layup brought the score to 12-11 in favor of Indiana (Pa.) with 13:51 left in the first half, the Crimson Hawks rattled of a quick 10-0 scoring run in the next 2:04 of game time.

Indiana (Pa.) would control the rest of the first period as the closest Edinboro got was five points, on two different occasions, including the halftime difference after a jumper from senior Val Majewski with 21 seconds remaining made it 41-36 heading into the locker room.

The Scots struggled in the first 20 minutes of play as junior Aignee’ Freeland struggled mightily from the start. The forward/center went 1-4 from the floor, 0-2 from the free throw line, snagged only one rebound and managed two points in 11 minutes.

The lone bright spot of the first half was Lindsay’s assist to Majewski right before the break as it was the 500th of her career. That dish made her the first Fighting Scot to ever have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in their career and also just the third player in PSAC history to achieve the feat.

”I mean it is cool,” Lindsay said, modestly referring to the achievement. “It just means that I’m old. It is a good accomplishment. Individual accomplishments, to me, are more like team accomplishments. You don’t get assists if someone else isn’t scoring.”

Swank had nothing but praise for his graduate guard.

“That’s an absolutely amazing accomplishment,” he said. “For only three people to ever do that in the history of the conference, and how many great players have played, it is absolutely amazing for her to accomplish that.”

Edinboro opened up the second half on a 7-2 scoring run, capped off by a Lauren Hippo three-pointer - she led Boro with 30 points in the contest - which knotted the game at 43 apiece early in the second frame.

Other than another tie, at 46 all with 17 minutes left, that is all the closest Edinboro got to another lead as the Crimson Hawks utilized their great shooting and aggressive rebounding to seal the victory.

“They are a great shooting team,” Swank said about IUP. “They shoot 45 percent from the field. You got to step up on them. I think that is why they struggle with Cal because Cal gets in your face. We really don’t get in people’s faces defensively. If they can get around a screen and get an open shot, they are great shooters.”

The loss all but eliminated Edinboro’s possibility of getting a top-two seed in the PSAC western division and a first-round postseason bye. The Scots will likely finish fourth, and cannot finish worse than fourth, which gives Boro a firstround home game on Feb. 28.

Before the playoffs commence, the ladies host the University of Pitt-Johnston on Wednesday night in the regular-season finale at 5:30 p.m.

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for the Spectator. He can be reached by sports.specator@gmail.com
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