Women's Basketball News & Highlights
February 09, 2013
Eagles Earn Road Win at Wilkes
The first half saw both teams go on lengthy runs. After 20 minutes, the teams were right where they started; knotted at 36-36.
The Colonels scored the first five points of the game before the Eagles responded with a 10-2 run to grab an early three-point edge. The Colonels then scored eight of the next nine points to lead 15-11.
The Eagles seemed to grab control of the game with a 13-0 run to go up 24-15. Kaleigh Boreman, Meghan Nowak, and Kaitlyn Dougherty each hit 3-pointers in the run. First-year forward Tori Grossi started the burst with a pair of free throws and capped it with a put-back basket.
As quickly as the Eagles built the lead, it disappeared. The hosts got back-to-back threes by senior guard Megan Kazmerski and Elana Stambone tied the game moments later with a long three.
Reilly Gavitt stopped the run with a turnaround jumper from the baseline and Gina DiDomenico made her third three of the half to put the Eagles up five with four minutes to play.
The Colonels missed five straight free throws on a possession before Kazmerski finally made a pair to trim the deficit to 29-26.
The Eagles scored on their final four possessions of the half, but Kazmerski made 3-pointers on the final two Wilkes' possessions of the first half to tie the game at 36-36. The senior forward led all scorers at the break with 16 points.
Wilkes made 7-of-19 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes . The Eagles shot a better percentage with 6-of-13 shots from distance, but the Eagles were only able to score on 5-of-18 first half attempts from inside the arc.
DiDomenico and Dougherty each had nine at the break and Nowak added seven.
With the Colonels struggling from the floor, the Eagles gradually built their lead at the start of the second. Nowak scored her second three of the game on a long skip pass from Patton to put the Eagles up 55-45 at the midpoint of the second half. Stambone answered with a 3-pointer, but Dougherty and Gavitt scored inside hoops to build the Eastern lead back to 11. Gavitt recorded her first career double-double with a 12 point and 12 rebound afternoon.
The Eagles held a 12-point edge and the game seemed safe as it neared the final three minutes. Chelsea Brown, however, made things interesting. The sophomore forward scored five straight points and Stambone converted a steal into a layup with 1:45 on the clock to close the gap to five at 68-63.
DiDomenico split a pair at the line to push the Eastern lead back to six, but Kazmerski grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a layup for her 21st point of the afternoon and brought the Colonels to within four at 69-65.
The Colonels would not get closer as Patton converted a pair of free throws and Nowak grabbed a defensive board to end the game. Foul shots proved to be the difference in the game. The Eagles shot below their 71 percent average with a 19-for-28 effort, but the host Colonels really struggled with a 9-for-27 effort.
Dougherty again led the Eagles with 16 points. After hitting her first free throw of the day, the sophomore guard saw her season high string of made free throws snapped at 18 in a row with an early miss. Dougherty has hit double figures in five straight games. She is averaging 19.4 points per game over that stretch.
Nowak scored 11 and grabbed eight rebounds in her second game back from injury. DiDomenico made 4-of-6 3-pointers and finished with 15. She is now five long-range makes short of the Eastern single-season mark of 54 set by Tiffany Henry in 2004.
Kazmerski finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds and Stambone had 16 points for Wilkes.
The Eagles, alone in fourth in the Freedom Conference standings, will secure the final playoff spot with two more wins or a Misericordia loss at King's on Tuesday. Eastern hosts FDU-Florham on Tuesday night.
Updated: Monday, 25 February 2013