Women's Basketball News & Highlights
November 23, 2013
Eagles Erase 16-Point Deficit In Comeback Win
In the second half, the Eagles held the LBC Chargers to 1-for-24 shooting and forced 13 Chargers' turnovers.
Eagles' head coach Nate Davis said he was proud of the way his team stayed in the game and didn't get discouraged after the first half. "They didn't lose their cool," he said. "We had a much more focused effort in the second half. We got back into the game possession by possession, making stops and making shots."
Eastern junior forward Meghan Nowak compiled 22 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman forward Emily Lavin made her first collegiate start to counter LBC's larger lineup. She performed well, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while blocking three shots. "We wanted to go bigger inside," Davis said. "Emily creates some fear with her shot-blocking ability."
Freshman point guard Emily McPeak made her second start. She dished out nine assists. Junior guard Kaitlyn Dougherty added 10 points and four assists.
Eastern jumped out to an 8-2 lead to start the game after a three-point play by Dougherty, a 3-pointer by Gina DiDomenico and a layup by Meghan Nowak. Nowak's layup came with 17:26 remaining in the first half and the Eagles did not score again until just under 13 minutes remained. The Chargers went on a 14-0 run during that 4 1/2 minute span.
The Chargers shot a blistering 63.6 percent from behind the 3-point line in the first half and increased their lead to as large as 16 points with 2:45 to go in the first half. Charger's sophomore guard Katy Stover shot a perfect 6-for-6 from behind the arc in the first half. Stover scored a team-high 21 points in the first half. At halftime, the Chargers led 38-26.
The second half box score was dramatically different for Stover and the Chargers. Stover was held scoreless (0-for-6) from the floor. Forward Shanice Smith scored the Charger's only second half field goal and that came on a jump shot 17 seconds after halftime. Eastern's defensive kept Lancaster Bible from scoring another free-throw for the remaining 19:43 of the game. Lancaster Bible scored its other 11 second-half points from the free-throw line.
After Smith's jump shot, the Eagles went on an 11-0 run. Freshman forward Shelly Lister tied the game at 43-43 with a put-back layup a minute after she entered the game for Lavin who ran into foul trouble. The Eagles gained their first second-half lead with 7:22 remaining thanks to a Nowak free throw. Nowak shot 5-for-5 from the charity stripe; as a team, the Eagles were 11-for-14 from the line.
LBC tied the game the lead back temporarily, but Eastern regained control with 5:37 to play thanks to a three-point play from Nowak. The Eagles led by five with five minutes to play, but the Chargers pulled back into the lead with 1:15 remaining.
Eagles' freshman Bethany Zimmerman made a layup with 43 seconds left to put Eastern ahead 52-51.
Eastern's defensive pressure forced a Chargers' missed layup on the other end, and Eagles' point guard McPeak came away with the rebound. After an Eagles' timeout, DiDomenico was intentionally fouled on the inbounds to stop the clock with 17 seconds to go. DiDomenico walked the length of the court and sunk both free throws to give the Eagles a 3-point advantage, 54-51. LBC's Stover attempted a 3-pointer to tie with eight seconds to go, but missed and Eastern recovered. Nowak sank two more free throws with a second left to clinch the win 56-51.
The Eagles play at Juniata College next Saturday for a 4 p.m. game.
Updated: Monday, 30 December 2013