Meadville Tribune

March 15, 2014

Scots top Gannon for fourth time, advance to Sweet Sixteen


Meadville Tribune

GLENVILLE, W. Va — It’s safe to say that the Edinboro women’s basketball team has Gannon’s number.

A career performance from Laurel Lindsay, and a dominant showing from Darche’ Jackson combined to put Edinboro over the top Saturday, beating No. 3 Gannon for the fourth time this season, 77-69, in the second round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament at Glenville State’s Lilly Gym.

The Scots, the No. 2 seed in their region, beat Gannon for the second time in one week, as Edinboro knocked off the Lady Knights in the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference title game last Sunday.

Edinboro advances to the D-II Sweet Sixteen, and take on Bloomsburg on Monday at 7 p.m. The winner of the game claims the Atlantic Region, and will head to Erie for the Elite Eight, which is hosted by Gannon.

Unfortunately for Gannon, the Scots had no intention on allowing the Lady Knights to play on their home floor again this season.

Similar to most of the contests between the two schools this season, Saturday’s battle was a back-and-forth clash until Edinboro put together a 19-7 run late in the second half to build its biggest lead of the game to 15 points with 5:05 left. The Scots were ahead 48-45 when the run began, which was sparked by a Lindsay 3-pointer.

The Lady Knights wouldn’t go away quietly, as Gannon pieced together a 9-0 run to make it 68-63 in favor of Edinboro with 2:18 left in the contest.

That would the be the closest Gannon would get, as a quick 5-0 run by the Scots put the game out of reach.

Lindsay finished with a career-high 23 points, and added five rebounds. The totals could have been even higher had it not been for early foul trouble that kept her off the floor for much of the first half.

Jackson tallied 22 points and pulled down six rebounds for the Scots. The six boards gave her 504 for her career, making her the first player in school history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists and 250 steals.

Valerie Majewski was the third Scot to finish in double figures, putting together a solid game that included 13 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Edinboro (26-5) is 21-0 this season when leading at halftime.