Women's Basketball News & Highlights
February 02, 2013
Eastern Rally Falls Short Against Aggies
The game could not have started worse for the short-handed Eagles. The Aggies grabbed seven offensive rebounds in the first eight minutes and jumped to a 14-0 lead. The Eagles missed their first ten shots and had three turnovers before Gina DiDomenico finally broke the drought with a 3-pointer. DiDomenico, who finished the game with 11 points and 7 rebounds, made 3-of-5 shots from distance on the day.
The 3-pointer put the Eagles on a 11-2 run over the next two minutes to get back into the game, but as quickly as the offense came, it faded again. The Eagles managed just seven more points over the final nine minutes of the half and trailed 29-18 at the break. Brenna Coll had nine points and Eireann Anastasi had eight to lead the Aggies at intermission. Dougherty and DiDomenico were the only two Eastern players with more than a single field goal at half. Dougherty had six and DiDomenico had five.
Eastern scored the first three baskets of the second half to cut the deficit to 29-25, but Anastasi answered with a high-arching three to bump the lead back to seven. The Aggie lead went from 5 to 12 on a 7-0 run around the midway point of the second half.
The Eagles responded with a 12-0 run to tie the game at 47-47. Dougherty scored seven points in the run and DiDomenico hit a 3-pointer in transition. The Eagles again tied the game at 49-49 with 2:30 to play but were unable to grab the lead. Delaware Valley made 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
Dougherty grabbed five rebounds and added three assists as she registered a career-high scoring effort for the second straight game. The Eagles shot only 32 percent from the floor on the afternoon. The Aggies (9-12, 3-7 Freedom) actually shot worse with an 18-for-62 effort, but they were able to convert 21 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points. Coll lead Delaware Valley with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
With four games remaining in the regular season, the Eagles remain in a tie for fourth in the Freedom Conference with Misericordia. Eastern (8-13, 4-6 Freedom) hosts the Cougars on Wednesday night. Misericordia earned an 83-80 win over the Eagles in the first meeting between the two teams in January.
Updated: Saturday, 02 February 2013