EDINBORO Fighting Scots (10-3, 6-2 PSAC West) at GANNON Lady Knights (7-9, 3-6 PSAC West) Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 5:30 PM | McComb Fieldhouse| Edinboro, Pa.
The Game Story
- Edinboro returns to McComb Fieldhouse for its first home contest in two weeks against local rival Gannon on Wednesday, January 16. The Fighting Scots have won the last four meetings against the Lady Knights. Edinboro enters the week at 10-3 overall, 6-2 in the PSAC West, ranks seventh in the D2SIDA Atlantic Region poll, are among teams “also receiving votes” in the WBCA Division II Top 25. The Lady Knights are 7-9 on the year and 3-6 in the conference.
- On Saturday, the Fighting Scots picked up a 68-63 win at Pitt-Johnstown. For the second straight game, the contest was decided in the final minute. Edinboro fought back from a 10-point deficit in the second half behind a career performance from Jontay Walton. The 5’6″ guard finished with a career-high 38 points and eight steals. She scored 30 points over the final 20 minutes, including 22 of Edinboro’s 24 fourth quarter points. The graduate student ranks 29th in career scoring with 1,064 points.
- Ciara Rosten and Michaela Barnes look to join Walton and Michelle Jahn in the 1,000 point club this year. Rosten was limited to 16 minutes in the second half vs. the Mountain Cats due to injury. She is 30 points shy of the career mark with 970. Barnes was also limited in minutes at Pitt-Johnstown. She picked up three fouls over the final two quarters and, limiting her to just 14 minutes. In two-plus seasons, she has scored 910 points.
- A year ago, the Fighting Scots finished with a 27-4 record a year ago, winning the PSAC championship and advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional. Four starters return from that squad. All-American Ciara Rosten leads the way. The 6’2″ senior was an honorable mention WBCA All-American, while also being named the PSAC West Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to Rosten, Jontay Walton was a first-team All-PSAC West choice, while Michelle Jahn and Michaela Barnes were second-team selections.
- Picked to finish fifth in the PSAC West in the coaches’ preseason poll, Gannon has gotten off to a slow start in conference play. However, two of their six PSAC losses came against two of the top programs in Division II in Indiana(Pa.) and California(Pa.). They also occurred during a four-game skid, which ended on Saturday with a 79-65 win at Seton Hill.
- Edinboro ranks second in the PSAC and 17th in Division II in scoring offense, averaging 79.6 ppg. The Fighting Scots are allowing 68.6 ppg. for eighth in the conference. Gannon ranks near the bottom of the PSAC in scoring offense, recording 64.3 ppg for 14th. However, the Lady Knights are one of the better teams in the league on the defensive end, surrendering 65.5 ppg. for fifth.
On the Radio/Video
- The Edinboro-Gannon game can be heard on WFSE-FM 88.9, with Madi Gross and Chase Rowland providing the commentary. In addition, the contest will be streamed live as part of the PSAC Sports Network.
All-Time Series vs. Gannon
- Edinboro leads 37-22: Edinboro has won eight of the last 11 contests. The Fighting Scots have also won eight of the last 11 meetings against Gannon at McComb Fieldhouse.
- First Meeting: 1969-70 – Edinboro 29, Gannon 26
- Last Meeting: 2017-18 – Edinboro 63, Gannon 42 in Edinboro, Pa.
- Current Streak: Edinboro has won the last four meetings
- Wheeler vs. Gannon: 0-0
- Ciara Rosten enjoyed a dominating day inside to lead 13th-ranked Edinboro to a 63-42 win over the Lady Knights. It gave the Fighting Scots a sweep of the season series and an eighth straight 20-win season. The victory boosted Edinboro to 20-2 overall and 16-2 in the PSAC West.
- Gannon led briefly in the game before Edinboro turned up the defense and rode Rosten inside for their second straight regular season sweep. The Fighting Scots grabbed the lead for good at 11-10 on a Rosten layup, and would lead 17-13 after one quarter.
- After losing to Edinboro by 34 points in the first meeting, an improved Gannon team hung with the Scots through the first half, trailing just 31-24. Edinboro would employ a stifling defense in the second half, limiting Gannon to just 18 points as the Lady Knights made just 7-of-22 shots.
- The third quarter proved to be the difference for the Fighting Scots, outscoring Gannon 18-7 for a 50-31 lead. Leading 38-29 midway through the period, Edinboro closed the third quarter on an 11-2 run. Of course, it was Rosten who led the way with eight points in the run. The other three points came from Michele Jahn, who snapped out of a recent shooting slump with a three. Gannon never got closer than 14 points in the fourth quarter.
- Rosten enjoyed the second 30-point game of her career, as the senior forward made 13-of-23 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws for 30 points. She added 13 rebounds for her 13th double-double, and had four assists and three blocks.
- Jontay Walton and Jahn finished in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Jahn made 3-of-7 3-pointers and handed out five assists. Michaela Barnes had eight points in the first half, but did not play in the second half due to an injury. Bridgette Shaffer was the only other Fighting Scot to score, making a basket.
- Julia Braungart led Gannon with 13 points, and Maggie Mitchell was also in double figures with 11.
- Edinboro shot 39.0 percent from the floor (23-of-59), making 5-of-13 3-pointers, and was 12-of-14 at the line. Gannon was held to 31.4 percent shooting (16-of-51), making 5-of-25 3-pointers. The Lady Knights were 5-of-6 at the line. Edinboro held a 39-31 rebounding edge and forced Gannon into 23 turnovers while committing 13.
Head Coach: Callie Wheeler (Edinboro ’06) — 10-3, 1st year
- Callie Wheeler was officially named Edinboro’s fifth head coach on May 23, 2018, replacing long-time head coach Stan Swank. The former Edinboro standout served as Swank’s assistant coach for the previous 11 years before assuming the head coaching duties. Edinboro enjoyed great success during Wheeler’s 11 seasons at Swank’s side, posting a 239-86 record in her 11 seasons on the bench. That includes a string of eight straight 20-win seasons, including last year when the Fighting Scots ended the season with a 27-4 record. Edinboro won its fourth PSAC Championship in her 11 years and went on to reach the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional semifinals. It marked the fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in her tenure as assistant coach, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2013-14.
- Any doubts of Wheeler’s ability to take over as head coach were alleviated when Wheeler filled in for a pair of games in late January last year. With Swank away from the team for his father’s funeral, Wheeler guided the Fighting Scots to a 74-52 win at Slippery Rock, followed by a 73-54 victory over a Mercyhurst team, which had defeated California (Pa.) in its previous game.
- Wheeler played for the Fighting Scots from 2002-06, and ranks as one of the all-time greatest players in Edinboro history. She became Edinboro’s sixth Kodak/WBCA All-American as she earned honorable mention All-American honors. That capped a brilliant senior season in which she was named the PSAC West Athlete of the Year and was a first-team All-PSAC West selection. In addition, she was selected as the Nancy Acker Award winner in 2006.
- The 5’5″ guard finished as Edinboro’s second-leading scorer at 12.5 ppg. as a senior, and also added 5.1 rpg. More importantly, she set a school record with 249 assists while turning the ball over just 89 times. She led the PSAC in both assists and steals, finishing with 95 in the latter category.
- Edinboro had had just one triple-double in its history prior to 2005-06 when Wheeler accomplished the fete twice. The first came against Seton Hill (20 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists), followed by 29 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in her final home appearance vs. Shippensburg.
- As a junior, Wheeler earned second-team All-PSAC West accolades, after averaging 10.4 ppg. and handing out 225 assists, along with recording 91 steals. The assists rank third all-time. She led the Fighting Scots to a 21-10 record that season, along with the team’s first berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs since 1998.
- Wheeler likely ranks at the top in a long line of standout point guards at Edinboro. While not taking over as the starter until her junior season, she concluded her career with 682 assists, despite missing the final seven games of the 2003-04 campaign due to an injury. That figure is second all-time in the PSAC. In addition, Wheeler finished with 283 career steals, a figure which ranks fourth all-time at Edinboro. She fell just shy of reaching 1,000 points for her career, finishing with 932.
- The Iorfido name (Wheeler’s maiden name) is well known in Edinboro Athletics, where her family has had quite an impact. Her father, Rich, was a standout linebacker for the Edinboro football team from 1970-72 and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in April 2007. Callie joined her father as a member of the Edinboro Hall of Fame in October 2016. Younger sister Mandie was a standout catcher on the softball team, and a two-time All-PSAC West performer.
Scouting the Fighting Scots
- It has been a memorable two weeks for Jontay Walton. On January 2, the graduate student guard reached 1,000 points in her third season as a Fighting Scot, scoring 17 points in a 99-92 upset of 12th-ranked California(Pa.). This past Saturday, she notched a career-high 38 points while almost single-handedly rallying Edinboro to a 68-63 win at Pitt-Johnstown. Walton accounted for 22 of Edinboro’s 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Scots rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final period. She scored Edinboro’s first 22-points in the period before Michaela Barnes capped the comeback with a pair of free throws. Walton made 12-of-27 field goals, including 3-of-8 3-pointers, and went 10-of-10 at the line. She added eight steals. Walton now has 1,064 career points as a Fighting Scot and has boosted her scoring average to a team-high 18.9 ppg.
- Walton is one of two 1,000-point scorers on the roster, with two more players closing in on the mark. Michelle Jahn has moved into 18th place in career scoring with 1,242 points. If not for injuries this year, Ciara Rosten would have reached the plateau already, as well. The redshirt senior has 970 points while missing three full games and parts of three others. Like Walton, she is in just her third season as a Fighting Scot. Finally, junior Michaela Barnes is up to 910 career points.
- On average, Edinboro’s has performed its best in the fourth quarter this season. They are currently outscoring opponents, 305-225.
- Edinboro enters Wednesday’s contest at 10-3 overall and 6-2 in the PSAC West. The Fighting Scots were picked to win the Western Division in the coaches’ preseason poll, after clinching their fifth PSAC Championship a year ago. The Scots currently rank third PSAC West, are seventh in the D2SIDA Atlantic Region poll, are among teams “also receiving votes” in the WBCA Division II Top 25. Edinboro is one of the top scoring teams in Division II. The Fighting Scots’ rank second in the PSAC and 17th in the country, averaging 79.6 ppg. Defensively, they are allowing 68.6 ppg., for eighth in the conference. In addition, opposing teams have shot 39.6 percent from the floor against Edinboro. That is the fourth-best defensive shooting percentage in the league.
- The Fighting Scots are atop the league in 3-pointers made per game (7.9) and rank second in three-point shooting (36.1 pct.) and free throw shooting percentage (75.0).
- Walton is Edinboro’s leading scorer and ranks sixth in the PSAC, averaging 18.9 ppg. A graduate student, she was named a first-team All-PSAC West selection a year ago. Walton ranks second in the PSAC in assists per game (4.8) and 3-point field goal percentage with a 39.7 pct. clip (29-of-73). In addition, the 5’6″ guard ranks third in free throw shooting at 87.3 percent (69-of-79). Walton is currently on a shooting streak at the line, having made 14 consecutive free throws.
- Bridgette Shaffer was the only other Fighting Scot to score in double figures at Pitt-Johnstown, adding 12 points. This season, she is averaging 9.3 ppg., and is the team’s second-leading rebounder with 7.1 rpg.
- Allison Thompson played a key role for Edinboro in the comeback win on Saturday, as redshirt senior Ciara Rosten was limited to just 16 minutes due to injury. The 5’11” forward came off the bench and finished with a season-high of six points and seven rebounds.
- Averaging 12.3 ppg., Rosten leads the Fighting Scots and the PSAC in blocks per game with 1.9. In addition, the reigning PSAC West Athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year has brought down 8.8 rpg., for sixth in the conference.
- A second-team All-PSAC West selection and the PSAC Tournament MVP a year ago, Barnes ranks second on the team and eighth in the conference in scoring at 18.2 ppg. In addition, she’s shooting 51.2 pct. for fifth in the league.
- Michelle Jahn ranks 18th in career scoring at Edinboro with 1,242 points. Averaging 13.4 ppg., Jahn is Edinboro’s top 3-point threat and one of the best free throw shooters in the PSAC. She ranks seventh in the PSAC in three-point shooting percentage with 35.3 pct. clip (30-of-85) and is sixth in free throw percentage at 84.0 pct. (42-of-50). A second team All-PSAC West selection last season, the senior ranks second in career 3-pointers made (226), third in 3-pointers attempted (634), and is tied for sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.358).
Scouting the Lady Knights
- Head coach Jim Brunelli is in his sixth season at Gannon after previously serving as the head coach at Anderson. He owns an overall mark of 180-130, including 98-64 at Gannon. He has led the Lady Knights to the PSAC Tournament all five years as head coach, and to the NCAA Tournament twice. At Anderson, the Trojans won three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and earned three NCAA Tournament bids during his tenure.
- Gannon snapped a four-game losing streak with a 79-65 win at Seton Hill on Saturday. Senior Nicole Lacava keyed the win with a career-best effort, finishing with a career-high 29 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. It marked the third straight game in double figures for the 6’0″ center/forward. She also helped slow down Seton Hill leading scorer Megan Marecic, who finished with 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting. Lacava is the niece of Edinboro Associate Director of AthleticsTodd Jay and the cousin of Fighting Scot guard Alex Jay. She leads the Lady Knights in scoring (14.3 ppg.) and ranks second in rebounding (5.6 rpg.), while shooting a PSAC-best 66.9 percent from the floor.
- The Lady Knights were picked to finish fifth in the PSAC West in the coaches’ preseason poll. They feature a stingy defense. Only three opponents have reached 70 points. Gannon ranks sixth in the PSAC in scoring defense at 65.2 ppg., while ranking 13th in scoring offense at 64.9.
- Chelsea Rourke is the only other Lady Knight scoring in double figures. A 5’10” junior, Rourke is averaging 11.7 ppg. and has made a team-leading 20 3-pointers in 53 attempts. Like Lacava, she is an efficient shooter, hitting 50.4 percent of her field goal attempts. Freshman Tori Obenrader, a 5’11” forward, paces Gannon on the glass at 7.0 rpg.
Next for the Fighting Scots
- The Gannon game is Edinboro’s lone home contest in a span of six games. The Fighting Scots play back-to-back games on the road, beginning with a Saturday, January 19 game at No. 1 Indiana(Pa.). Tip-off is set for 5:30
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