No. 5 Edinboro rolls by Indiana (Pa.)
Fighting Scots open game on 22-4, advance to PSAC semifinals
EDINBORO, Pa. -- Renee’ Brown and Samantha Blazetic combined for 45 points as No. 5 Edinboro opened up an early double-digit lead and never trailed en route to a 77-58 victory against California (Pa.) on Tuesday to advance to the PSAC seminfinals.
Edinboro (26-1), the top seed from the PSAC West, started the game by scoring the first 13 points as part of a 22-4 run in the opening 10 minutes to seize control and never relinquish its hold against the fourth-seeded Vulcans (17-10).
Cal missed its first eight shots from the field and committed eight turnovers before finally connecting on a basket from Selena Adamshick to make the score 13-2 with 14:19 remaining in the first half. Following a Cal turnover, Blazetic drained a jumper to start another 9-2 run as the Scots stretched their lead to 22-4 before the game was 10 minutes old.
“They played so well right from the start; they did everything we needed to do,” Edinboro head coach Stan Swank said. “We rebounded well, we defended well."
|PSAC TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS|
|Edinboro 77, California (Pa.) 58|
|Bloomsburg 69, Shippensburg 61|
|Indiana (Pa.) 71, Gannon 68 (OT)|
|West Chester 64, Millersville 57|
|Conference Championship Central|
Boro led by as many as 25 during the first half before heading to intermission up 44-23. The Vulcans never got closer than 17 during the second half as the visitors were never able to mount a rally.
Brown paced the Scots’ effort with a double-double performance as scored 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
“Sometimes I just kind of stand in awe of how high she can get up for rebounds,” Swank said of the senior Brown, who moved into ninth place on Boro’s all-time scoring list.
Blazetic poured in 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and five blocks. Kiara Brown also finished in double figures with 11 points while Darche’ Jackson brought down nine rebounds off the bench and Micki Cerchiaro scored seven points while adding seven boards and five steals.
“One of the great things about our team is how they feed off each other,” Swank said. “They all look at each other and say; I don’t want to let my teammates down. They’re all completely unselfish.”
Edinboro held Cal to just 30.6 percent shooting (22-for-72) during the game while the Scots shot 40.9 percent from the floor (27-66).
Amy Johns, the PSAC’s leading scorer this season, scored 19 points in the loss for Cal.