GLENVILLE, W.Va. —
The NCAA Division II Elite Eight tournament came to Edinboro. Now Edinboro is coming to the Elite Eight.
The ’Boro women’s basketball team earned its way into Division II’s big show when the Lady Fighting Scots defeated Bloomsburg 82-76 during the Atlantic Regional championship game Monday at the Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium in Glenville, W.Va.
The win advances the Scots (27-5) to the Elite Eight tournament, which will take place right up the road from Edinboro at Erie Insurance Arena March 25 to 28.
Edinboro begins play on March 25 at 6 p.m. when it faces the winner of Monday night’s West Regional final between Cal State Poly-Pomona and Montana State-Billings. That game had not been decided as of press time last night.
Against Bloomsburg, Edinboro got off to a rough start, missing its first eight shots from the floor. The Scots trailed at the half 42-33 but stormed back in the second half to grab the win.
Edinboro continued to trail all the way until Laurel Lindsey tipped in a layup with 10:02 remaining to push the Scots in front 59-58. It was their first lead of the ball game.
Bloomsburg retook the lead. But some hot shooting from the perimeter put the Scots back in charge.
Val Majewski and Lauren Hippo hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give ’Boro a 72-69 lead with 2:24 to play.
Later, Majewski and Hippo hit back-to-back layups to make it a 76-71 game with 51 seconds to go.
The two ladies then cleaned up at the foul line to hang on to the win. Hippo was 2-for-2 in the final 30 seconds, Majewski was 4-for-4.
Hippo ended up leading the Scots with 23 points, draining three 3-pointers on four tries. Majewski scored 20 points and was 9-for-9 at the free throw line.
As a team, Edinboro made 31 of 34 free throws, a shooting percentage of 91.2.
Aignee Freeland had 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Darché Jackson also scored 14 points and was named tournament MVP.
Bloomsburg (26-5) shot 52.8 percent from the floor for the game (28-for-53), but it wasn’t good enough.
The Lady Huskies were led by Joceyln Ford, who had 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists, all team-highs. Brianna Dudeck followed with 17 points. Catherine Noack had 15 and Adreana Sadowski scored 10.