90-46 blowout gives women’s basketball eighth loss in a row

Published by Contributor, Author: Oscar Matous - Rocket Contributor, Date: February 23, 2017
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The Slippery Rock University women’s basketball team traveled to Edinboro University on Wednesday evening to take on the Fighting Scots in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) match-up.

The Rock, whose last win came in an upset against the Fighting Scots just over a month ago, could not seem to catch up to Edinboro this time and ultimately lost with a final score of 90-46. The loss is the Green and White’s eighth in a row as they now fall to a 9-18 (6-15 conference) record.

Slippery Rock was able to compete with Edinboro, now 20-7 (16-5), early on in the game but a 19-4 scoring run to close out the first quarter put the Fighting Scots ahead 23-9. Edinboro continued their onslaught by putting up 24 points in the second quarter and limiting The Rock to just 14 points in the entire first half of play.

The Rock was again without senior guard Lexi Carpenter, who it appears will not play again this season. She is currently tied with California University’s (Pa.) Miki Glenn at the top of the scoring race in the conference with 19.1 points per game.

Freshman LeeAnn Gibson led Slippery Rock with a career-high 11 points and six rebounds off the bench while also going a perfect 5 for 5 from the free-throw line. Junior C.C. Dixon continued her strong first season in green and white by putting up 10 points (four for 12 from the field) and collecting seven rebounds. Freshman Brooke Hinderliter shot for eight points (2-2 from the free-throw line) and also forced seven turnovers. Hinderliter is currently situated in eighth place in the PSAC in free-throw percentage. In her first collegiate season, she is averaging 81 percent (106 for 131) from the free-throw line.

Junior Mallory Heinle and sophomore Morgan Henderson combined for 11 points while Henderson also collected eight rebounds.

With Henderson’s eight rebounds, The Rock as a team is third in the PSAC in offensive rebounding with 1,064 rebounds and is averaging 39.4/game. They trail only Lock Haven University (1040/41.6 per game) and Clarion University (1086/40.2 per game).

The women look to close out their season with a win on Saturday by traveling to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Pitt-Johnstown is currently 7-20 (3-18) and sits at the bottom of the PSAC West standings. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

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