WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2014 - 5:30 P.M.
Edinboro (16-5, 10-1 PSAC West)
at No. 3 Gannon (22-1, 11-1 PSAC West)
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ERIE, Pa. - The battle for the top spot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West Division will take place on Wednesday evening at the Hammermill Center, as the division-leading No. 3 Gannon Lady Knights face second-place Edinboro at 5:30 p.m. With a mark of 22-1 overall and 11-1 in divisional play, the Lady Knights will look to avenge their lone loss of the season, which came back on Jan. 18 at the hands of the host Fighting Scots in overtime. The Fighting Scots have split their last four games entering Wednesday's showdown, dropping them out of the national rankings and from atop the PSAC West Division.
Ticket windows will open at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday's contests will be part of PSAC-crossover doubleheaders that begin with the women's teams at 5:30 p.m. A ticket for the doubleheader costs $5 for adults and $3 for non-Gannon students and senior citizens. All Gannon students are admitted free of charge by showing their school ID at the front door. Tickets can also now be purchased in advance online at www.gusportstickets.com.
SCOUTING THE EDINBORO FIGHTING SCOTS
- Splitting the last four games, the Edinboro Fighting Scots hold a 16-5 overall mark and 10-1 PSAC West Division record. The Fighting Scots currently hold second place in the West Division following an 80-55 loss to California (Pa.) at home on Feb. 8.
- In recent action, the California (Pa.) Vulcans handed the Fighting Scots their first loss in divisional play, 80-55. The 25-point loss was both their largest margin of defeat and largest home loss since 2002-03.
- Earlier in the season, the then-No. 2 Gannon Lady Knights fell to the Fighting Scots, 75-72, in overtime on Jan. 18, which propelled Edinboro into the national rankings. The Fighting Scots snapped the Lady Knights 17 game unbeaten streak to open the season.
- Four Fighting Scots are averaging double digits including leader Valerie Majewski (15.9 points per game), Aignee' Freeland (13.9), Laurel Lindsay (11.9) and Hope Mancini (12.2), who has been out of the lineup since Jan. 11. Majewski has a triple-double to her name after compiling 25 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds against Shippensburg on Jan. 8.
- Among the PSAC, the Fighting Scots rank sixth in scoring offense (74.9) and seventh in scoring defense (67.7). The Fighting Scots are second in field goal percentage (45.6) and first in turnovers per game (14.8).
- Head coach Stan Swank is in his 27th season at Edinboro, compiling a record of 482-273.
- In the all-time series, the Edinboro leads 28-19 after splitting the last two meetings. The Lady Knights hold a home record of 11-12 against the Fighting Scots.
- Prior to the last two meetings, the Lady Knights dropped five consecutive games to Edinboro after winning seven straight in the all-time series. The seven-game unbeaten streak stretched from 2004-05 until 2009-10 including an 81-67 win in the 2010 PSAC Tournament quarterfinals.
- On Dec. 12, 1974, the Lady Knights hosted the Fighting Scots to mark the first game in program history. The host Lady Knights fell to the Fighting Scots, 109-42.
LAST TIME OUT
Facing its largest halftime deficit of the season, the No. 3 Gannon Lady Knights shot 66.7 percent from the field in the second half to defeat PSAC West Division rival Mercyhurst, 70-56, on Feb. 8 at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. Senior Jen Papich (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) went a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor, leading the Lady Knights with 22 points in the win. For the third time this season, four Lady Knights reached double digits. Junior Nettie Blake (Jersey City, N.J./Marist) scored 15 points, pulling down a team-high eight rebounds. Junior Mollie Sebald (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) tallied 11 points and junior Brittany Batts (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County) finished with 10 points including a pair of deep threes to tie for third in program history in career three-pointers (221). Facing their largest halftime deficit of the season, the Lady Knights quickly erased the Lakers' eight-point lead with a 13-0 run in the opening 6:19 of the second half. Off a 6-0 run, Mercyhurst answered back to take a 54-52 lead with 6:25 left. In the remaining time, the Lady Knights rode an 18-2 run to close out the final 6:17 of the game en route to the 70-56 victory.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Lady Knights have won 26 consecutive regular-season home games. The last regular-season home loss came on Jan. 11, 2012, against Edinboro, 72-62. In 40 years of women's basketball at the Hammermill Center, the Lady Knights hold an all-time record of 354-146.
The first NCAA Atlantic Regional ranking will be released on Feb. 19. There will be a total of three regional rankings set for Feb, 19, Feb. 26 and Mar. 5 before the selection show on March 9.
In the 70-56 win over Mercyhurst on Feb. 8, the Lady Knights captured their 16th double-digit win of the season. The Lady Knights have capture 10 victories by 20 or more points. The Lady Knights' 86-47 over Pitt-Johnstown was the team's widest margin of victory of 39 since a 101-48 win over visiting Ursuline on Nov. 12, 2012 at the Hammermill Center.
PSAC TOURNAMENT PLANS
On Feb. 5, the No. 3 Lady Knights clinched its fifth berth in six seasons to the PSAC Tournament with a 71-39 win over Slippery Rock. With a win over Edinboro on Wednesday, the Lady Knights can clinch a first-round bye and quarterfinal home game.
Following Wednesday's meeting with Edinboro, the No. 3 Gannon Lady Knights will travel to Indiana (Pa.) on Feb. 15 with a 5:30 p.m. tip. The Crimson Hawks currently occupy fourth place in the PSAC West Division with a 6-5 division mark and 15-6 overall record. A team that has spent time in the USA Today Sports Division II Coaches' Polls, the Crimson Hawks opened the season at 11-1 before stumbling in five consecutive games. The Crimson Hawks are back on track since their mid-season struggles, winning four straight. The Crimson Hawks will look to keep rolling on the road at California (Pa.) on Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The Crimson Hawks hold a 15-14 all-time record against the Lady Knights, who have captures four straight against IUP.