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Edinboro shuts down No. 3 Gannon 69-57 for first place in PSAC

ERIE, Pa. -- Edinboro defeated No. 3 Gannon on Wednesday night 69-57. Darche' Jackson scored her 1,000th career point in the game and finished with six points, seven assists, and five rebounds. The win gives the Fighting Scots the season sweep against Gannon and puts them in first place in the PSAC West. The Scots improved to 17-5 overall and 11-1 in the PSAC West while the Lady Knights fell to 22-2 overall and 11-2 in the PSAC West.

Jackson becomes the 28th member of the 1,000 point-club in Edinboro women's basketball history. Her six points in the game puts her at exactly 1,000 for her career.

The Fighting Scots defense was stifling throughout the game, limiting the Lady Knights to a season-low 57 points. Gannon shot 2-for-20 on 3-pointers for a season-low 10.0 percent. The 35.5 field goal percentage was the second-lowest of the season for the Lady Knights. Edinboro shot 42.9 percent in the game and 41.2 percent from deep.

Gannon's third-leading scorer heading into the game, Brittany Batts, was once again shutdown by the Fighting Scots. The first time against Edinboro, Batts shot 1-for-4 from the floor including 1-for-3 on 3-pointers to finish with 3 points, a season-low to that point. Tonight, the PSAC's leading 3-point shooter shot 0-for-4 on 3-pointers (her only four shots in the game) and tied a season-low of zero points.

No. 4 Nova Southeastern 94, Lynn 55

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Nova Southeastern notched its 20th victory of the season, with five scoring in double digits in a rout of Sunshine State Conference foe Lynn 94-55.

The Sharks (20-1, 10-1 SSC) led wire-to-wire, and after Lynn (11-10, 4-7 SSC) cut what was once a 13-point lead to three (27-24), NSU ended the first half on a 17-4 run to never be threatened again, leading 44-28 at the break.

The second half was more of the same. Once the lead was pushed to 20, it never went under that mark, and back-to-back NSU 3-pointers to end it provided the biggest margin of 39. The Sharks were even better from behind the arc in the second half (7-of-12, 58.3 percent) after going 50 percent (5-of-10) in the first 20 minutes.

Danielle Robinson shook off a 1-of-6 start to make all of her final six baskets and lead all scorers with 19 points. Taylor Buie was just behind with 18, on 6-of-9 shooting, while Jasmine Wilkins added 14 points and had team highs of six rebounds and four steals.

No. 5 West Texas A&M 87, Midwestern State 77, OT  

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- In a back-and-forth game throughout, West Texas A&M earned a hard-fought, 87-77 overtime victory at Midwestern State for its 20th win of the season and 13th consecutive victory.  WT improved to 20-1 on the year and 11-0 in Lone Star Conference play. Midwestern State fell to 14-9 and 6-6 in league play.

With the win, WT took an 8-6 lead in the inaugural First United Bank Highway 287 Challenge Cup with Midwestern State.

In the overtime, both teams took the lead in the first minute. Senior Sally Higgins made one of two free throws to tie the game at 73 with 3:44 left in the overtime. Higgins then scored on a steal for a 75-73 lead as it was the first field goal for WT since the 3:04 mark in the second half.  Higgins then had the nice assist on a hoop-and-harm for Griffin as she scored her 20th point of the game and scored the toss for a 78-75 lead.

A triple from junior Jordan Vessels and a rebound from Higgins gave WT an 81-77 lead with 1:24 left and the ball.  It was the ninth consecutive game WT scored over 80 points. After a miss by WT, Vessels came up with a block on a triple and a jump ball gave it back to WT with 50.9 seconds left.

Senior Raven Gerald nailed two free throws for an 83-77 lead and a turnover on MSU gave the ball back with 32 seconds left. Senior Casey Land hit two more for an 85-77 lead. Another block, this time Gerald, gave WT the ball back and was fouled making both for an 87-77 lead with 20 seconds left as they iced it away at the line.

No. 7 Emporia State 80, Northeastern State 61

EMPORIA, Kansas -- Merissa Quick scored 23 points to lead Emporia State to an 80-61 victory against Northeastern State and become the 27th Lady Hornet to score 1,000 points in her career. 

The RiverHawks had handed the Lady Hornets their first loss of the season earlier this season.