EDINBORO, Pa. — Renee’ Brown and Kiara Brown each had a game-high 19 points, and Samantha Blazetic pulled down a pair of crucial rebounds late as Edinboro held off West Chester for a 80-76 PSAC victory on Friday night at McComb Fieldhouse. The Fighting Scots maintained their undefeated 7-0 record, 5-0 in the PSAC, while the Golden Rams dropped their second consecutive game, falling to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in league play.
The Fighting Scots had a seemingly safe eight-point lead, 72-64, with 2:36 remaining in regulation, but West Chester scored five consecutive points to narrow Edinboro’s lead to three. Following a pair of free throws by Renee’ Brown that put the Fighting Scots up 74-69, Allison Hostetter made a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game.
With 1:06 left, Renee’ Brown missed a layup, but Blazetic pulled down the offensive rebound and scored on the ensuing layup to make it a four-point game. After Hostetter hit a jumper that made it a two-point game, Kiara Brown missed a jumper, but Blazetic pulled down another offensive board to allow the Fighting Scots to maintain possession with 27 seconds left and a 76-74 advantage. Kiara Brown converted four of four free-throw attempts down the stretch to seal the victory.
In the first half, both teams were plagued by turnovers early, but Edinboro found its rhythm and began an 8-0 run at the 8:27 mark to take a 34-23 lead. That sizable advantage was short-lived though as West Chester went on a 14-4 run of its own to pull within one point of the Fighting Scots lead, 38-37, with 47 seconds left in the half. Kiara Brown drained a 3-pointer and Blazetic scored a layup in the final minute as the Fighting Scots took a four-point lead, 43-39, into halftime.
Along with scoring 19 points, Renee’ Brown had seven rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Blazetic pulled down a team-high nine rebounds with four blocks. Darche’ Jackson came off the bench to score 11 points. The Golden Rams had four players score in double digits, led by Jillian Keefer, who had 16 points.
The Fighting Scots made 27 of 68 from field-goal range and were 5-for-20 from the 3-point line. Each team had 40 rebounds, though Edinboro outscored West Chester 38-34 in points in the paint.