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Heeter has Huge Day for Clarion
EDINBORO, Pa . – Hannah Heeter scored 16 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, but Clarion’s upset bid at No. 22 Edinboro fell just short with a 69-60 loss Saturday afternoon in PSAC West women’s basketball action.
Heeter recorded her second consecutive double-double that included at least 15 rebounds while tying Heather Cigich’s school record for career games with at least 15 rebounds at 16. It was also Heeter’s eighth 15-rebound game of the season tying her own school record set last year and her 14th double-double of the season and 27th of her career.
But Edinboro (20-5 overall, 17-4 PSAC West) got 23 points from Kiara Brown and 17 points and six rebounds from Samantha Blazetic to avoid getting swept by the underdog Golden Eagles (13-14, 9-12).
Clarion, which trailed by as many as 13 late in the first half, was down 11, 35-24, early in the second half before going on an 11-1 run fueled by five points from freshman guard Mariah Gador, her only points of the game, to get within one, 36-35 with 15:39 to play.
But Edinboro answered with a 12-2 run of its own that saw Brown scored five and Blazetic four points ot get the lead back to double-digits, 50-39.
The Fighting Scots then increased the advantage back to 13, 54-41, with just under 10 minutes to play before Clarion answered with a 12-2 run with the first nine points coming from the free-throw line. Nicole Miloser hit three of the charity shots with Heeter, Lauren Savulchak and Aleya Miller each hitting two foul shots helping the Golden Eagles get back within four, 54-50, with 5:49 left.
Freshman Leisha Crawford capped the spurt with her only three-pointer of the game bringing Clarion within three, 56-53, with 5:02 to play.
But Edinboro had the answer one last time using a 13-5 run that saw Blazetic score four points to increase the lead back to double digits, 69-58, with just under a minute to play.
Savulchak added 13 points for Clarion, her second straight double-digit performance, while going 7 of 10 from the line. Raven Jones added seven points.
Clarion, which has qualified for the PSAC playoffs for the first time since 2009, finishes its regular season at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts California on Senior Night. Miller, Savulchak and Amanda Gough will be honored prior to the game. It will be the first of two consecutive meetings between the Golden Eagles and Vulcans, who will meet in the opening round of the PSAC Playoffs March 2 at California.
NOTES – Heeter’s 27 career double-doubles ranks fourth in school history while her 14 double-doubles this season is tied for the sixth most in school history, and she missed Clarion’s first four games of the season because she is also a starter on the Golden Eagles NCAA Division II playoff volleyball team … Earlier in the week, Heeter was named a second-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American in basketball. She was also a second-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American in volleyball this season becoming the first Golden Eagle to earn Academic All-American honors in two separate sports … Cigich set the school record for 15-rebound games in four seasons. It has taken Heeter a little less than two years to match the mark … Heeter also has 17 double-digit rebound games this year in 23 games and 32 in her career in 47 career contests. She leads the PSAC and is third in the nation in rebounding at 13.1 rebounds per game, and she is the lone PSAC player and one of just three in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region averaging a double-double on the season.
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