Shaw upsets top-seeded Edinboro
Lane top performer tallying 17 points, five assists, six boards
EDINBORO, Pa. -- For the second consecutive season Shaw ended Edinboro’s season in the NCAA tournament, this year with a 70-53 quarterfinal win.
Allyssa Lane led all scorers with 17 points. She also totaled five assists and six rebounds.
With Crystal Harris -- one of Shaw's key post players -- home for the funeral of her grandmother, the Bears were forced to play Kyria Buford and Aslea Williams for longer minutes, and go smaller, with point guards Lane and Brittney Spencer sharing more time on the floor together.
Edinboro built a five-point lead early, while Shaw cut the deficit to one twice, they could never get the basket that would give them a lead.
With 9:59 left in the first half, Kiara Brown hit a jumper on the left wing to give the Lady Fighting Scots a 19-10 lead.
Still trailing by nine at the 5:38 mark, Spencer stole the ball and caught Lane slashing for an easy layup to start a six-point run. Williams then scored on a layup to bring Shaw to within three points, 21-18.
With 1:02 left in the half, Lane found Buford under the bucket for a layup that trimmed the Edinboro lead to only one, but Micki Cerchiaro hit a three to give the Lady Fighting Scots a 28-24 lead at the half.
The key for Edinboro in the first was offensive rebounds. They out-rebounded the Lady Bears 26-17, including 14 offensive rebounds that led to 13 second chance points.
Edinboro got only 15 rebounds in the second half, and scored only four second chance points, while Shaw pulled in 24 rebounds in the second.
Shaw opened the second half with a six-point scoring run -- four of those from Buford -- before Edinboro was able to score.
With 16:07 left in the game, Brown hit a layup to give Edinboro a 34-33 advantage -- the Scots would not lead again. During the next six minutes, the Lady Bears went on a 15-2 run. With 10:32 remaining, Spencer got a steal and went the length of the court for an easy layup and a 48-36 lead.
Edinboro would rally for a quick six-point run, but Shaw answered with a nine-point run, to put the game out of reach. The Lady Fighting Scots would not get within single digits the rest of the game.
Spencer added 15 for the Lady Bears as well as four assists. Williams had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Buford had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Brown was the only Edinboro player in double digits with 14 points. Raven Metz had 11 rebounds and three assists to lead the Lady Fighting Scots in both categories.