DATE: October 11, 2018
CONTACT: Bob Shreve, SID
WOMEN’S DIVISION II BULLETIN RANKS EDINBORO 13th,
NAMES ROSTEN PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
EDINBORO, Pa. – The first women’s basketball preseason poll is out, with the Edinboro women’s basketball team ranked 13th in the Women’s Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25. In addition, senior Ciara Rosten has been named a Women’s Division II Bulletin honorable mention preseason All-American.
Ashland is the Division II Bulletin preseason favorite, with defending national champion Central Missouri State second. Carson-Newman is picked to finish third, with PSAC West foe Indiana(Pa.) fourth. Drury rounds out the top five. Edinboro and IUP are the lone PSAC schools in the preseason poll. The Fighting Scots were ranked 13th in the final WBCA Division II Top 25.
The Fighting Scots return four starters from last year’s squad that finished 27-4, tied for the second-most wins in school history. They won the PSAC Championship and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional. Yet it will have a definite new look with assistant coach Callie Wheeler taking over as head coach for Stan Swank, who stepped down after 31 seasons and 581 wins at the helm. She is joined by assistant coach Chris Bess, who served as the men’s assistant coach the last five years.
Rosten was named to several All-American squads a year ago. The 6’2” senior was named a third team Division II Bulletin All-American, along with being named a D2CCA second team All-American and WBCA honorable mention All-American.
In addition, she was selected the D2CCA Atlantic Region Player of the Year, and the PSAC Athlete of the Year and Defensive Athlete of the Year. It marked the first time a player had earned two major PSAC awards.
Rosten averaged 15.8 ppg., second on the team, while leading the team in rebounding at 12.2 rpg. In addition, she was second on the team in assists (108). She tied for first in the PSAC in field goal percentage at 49.4 percent (208-of-421), and shot 60.3 percent from the line (73-of-121).
Rosten led the PSAC and ranks third in Division II in rebounds per game, along with leading the country in rebounds (377). She also led the PSAC and was fifth in Division II in blocks per game (3.77), along with ranking fourth in the country in total blocks (117). She ended the season with eight consecutive double-doubles and had 21 for the season. That topped the PSAC and
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ranked second in Division II.
Rosten set the school record for blocks (117) and in just two seasons climbed to second in career blocks (168) and 16th in career rebounds (569). She ranks eighth in career rebounds per game (9.3).
In addition to Rosten, Edinboro returns three other All-PSAC West performers in first-team pick Jontay Walton (16.5 ppg.), plus second team selections Michaela Barnes (14.2 ppg.) and Michelle Jahn (12.9 ppg.).
Edinboro will open the 2018-19 campaign facing a pair of NCAA Tournament teams while competing in The Graduate-VUU Classic. On Friday, November 9 they face Virginia State, followed by a meeting with Atlantic Region champion Virginia Union on Saturday, November 10.
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