Edinboro in Search of Another Upset of California(Pa.)

Women’s Basketball 2/8/2019 11:25:00 AM Trey Staunch, Sports Information InternThe Game Story

  • After wrapping up a four-game homestand on Wednesday night, the Edinboro women’s basketball team hits the road to take on 17th-ranked California(Pa.) on Saturday. On Wednesday, with four players in double figures, Pitt-Johnstown snapped Edinboro’s four-game winning streak . The Mountain Cats outscored the Fighting Scots, 23-10, in the final quarter and thanks to a 50.0 percent shooting performance in the second half, claimed a 73-68 victory.
  • Both Edinboro and California(Pa.) are coming off losses in their previous games. The Vulcans last played last Saturday, suffering a 72-61 loss at Slippery Rock. Edinboro enters the game with a 14-6 overall record and is 9-5 in PSAC action. Cal comes in at 18-2 overall and 12-2 in league play. The Vulcans are ranked 17th in the latest WBCA Division II Top 25. While trailing Cal by three games for the second playoff spot in the PSAC West, Edinboro could gain a huge tiebreaker advantage with a win in the Convocation Center after handing Cal its first loss of the season, 99-92, on January 2 at McComb Fieldhouse.
  • Edinboro comes into the contest having won the last three meetings against Cal and seven of the last nine. First-year head coach Callie Wheeler has matched the record for most wins by a first-year coach at Edinboro with her 14th a week ago vs. Salem.
  • Edinboro ranks second in the PSAC and 12th in Division II in scoring offense, averaging 79.4 ppg., and is ninth in the conference in scoring defense at 69.5 ppg. California(Pa.) comes into the matchup ranked fourth in the PSAC in scoring offense (73.3 ppg.) and second in scoring defense (59.5 ppg.).
  • Three of the top six scorers in the PSAC will be sharing the floor Saturday afternoon. Michaela Barnes comes in ranked fifth at 20.0 ppg., with backcourt partner Jontay Walton ranked sixth at 18.7 ppg. for the Fighting Scots.  For Cal, redshirt senior Seairra Barrett comes into the contest ranked second in the PSAC and seventh in Division II at 23.4 ppg. She is also ranked fourth in the PSAC with 8.5 rpg.
  • For the first time in program history, Edinboro has four players with 1,000-or-more career points on the roster. Three of those players accomplished the feat this season. Michelle Jahn ranks 15th at Edinboro with 1,313 career points. Walton is 21st at 1,191 points, Barnes stands 28th with 1,073 points, and Ciara Rosten is currently 30th with 1,055. All told, the foursome have combined for 4,632 career points at Edinboro.

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