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Majewski Stars in Edinboro Debut
EDINBORO, Pa. (November 19, 2013) – In her first game in a Fighting Scot uniform, Valerie Majewski did not disappoint, leading the game with 21 points as Edinboro came back from a 40-37 halftime deficit to defeat Urbana 81-64. The Fighting Scots now start the season 1-0 while the Blue Knights fall to 1-1.

"Val played a great, great game," said Edinboro head coach Stan Swank. "Tonight, what I thought was better than anything else was how intelligent she was on the court. You could see her maturity and that Division I mentality coming out. I was just impressed with how she played her first game here."

The Fighting Scots attacked immediately, getting a bucket seconds into the game after Aignee Freeland won the opening tip and Majewski, the University of Buffalo transfer, layed it in. The Blue Knights were able to convert a couple long two-pointers soon after, but Edinboro continued to go inside, resulting in four early points from Freeland.

The Blue Knights were able to get Edinboro in foul trouble and stay close until eventually going on a 9-2 run to capture a 20-17 lead. The Fighting Scots would then get 10 points from Hope Mancini in under three minutes to take a 32-28 advantage. Urbana followed that with an 8-0 run that was ended by a Lauren Hippo three-pointer, giving the Blue Knights a 36-35 lead. Going into the break, Urbana held a 40-37 lead.

Mancini, Hope
Hope Mancini scored a career-high 20 points
Mancini lead all scorers with 14 points. Kennedy Boggs lead a hot-shooting Urbana team with 12 points. The Blue Knights shot 56.7 percent from the field. They did not make a single three-pointer in the first 20 minutes, but their bench outscored the Scots bench 14-3. Majewski in her first career start at Edinboro led all players with 18 minutes played in the first half while contributing nine points, four rebounds, two steals, and two assists.

"It was spectacular for her," said Swank on Mancini's performance. "Hope worked really hard over the summer. For her to start and do well, this was huge for her to get a great start to the season."

Edinboro came out of the gates ferociously, going on an 11-2 run with four points each from Majewski and Nicole Johnson. Mancini continued her hot shooting in the second half, nailing both of her three-point attempts within the first five minutes. This put her at 20 points in the game, topping her career-high of 18 against East Stroudsburg last year.

Freeland was a big part in the Fighting Scots building their lead. She brought in six rebounds in the first nine minutes of the second half including three offensive rebounds that lead to second chance opportunities. Edinboro went on a 17-3 run that Urbana followed with an 8-1 run to cut the deficit back to single-digits at 66-57.

Majewski would score six points within 33 seconds to push the Fighting Scots lead back to double-digits. The Scots never looked back from there, ultimately winning 81-64.
Freeland, Aignee
Aignee Freeland had her third career double-double.

The Fighting Scots outscored Urbana 44-24 in the second half. Majewski finished the game with seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals in addition to her 21 points. Freeland notched a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Mancini was second among all scorers with 20 points, shooting four-of-nine from deep. For the Blue Knights, Ebany Brumfield also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds off of the bench. DeVonyea Johnson led all Blue Knights in scoring with 17 points. Urbana only shot 28.6 percent in the second half after shooting 56.7 percent in the first. They also did not make a single three-pointer on 11 attempts.

"The second half, she got really strong," Swank said in regards to Freeland. "She became dominant. When she gets in her mind to do what she needs to do, she can be extremely dominant in a game."

Edinboro will now have a few days off before traveling to Pitt-Johnstown. The Mountain Cats will host the Fighting Scots on Saturday, November 23. The tip-off will happen at 1:00 p.m. in the Scots first PSAC game of the year.

Game Notes:
    -Valerie Majewski set a new career-high in minutes (38) and points (21).
    -Hope Mancini has now played Urbana twice in her career, averaging 16.5 points per game.
    -Aignee Freeland picked up her third career double-double.
    -Freeland also pulled in 15 rebounds, the second-most in her career. Her 16 points was the second-highest of her career.
    -Laurel Lindsay continued the strong play she ended last season on. She has scored at least nine points in four straight games. She has averaged 11.3 points per game during that span.
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