Women's Basketball News & Highlights
November 30, 2013
Nowak Joins Elite Company With 1,000th Point
Nowak (Woodbury Heights, N.J./ Gateway Regional) entered the game with 997 career points and crossed the 1,000-point mark with 9:05 remaining in the first half with a short jumper. Nowak finished with a team-high 26 points, but Juniata came away with the win 85-69.
Eastern head coach Nate Davis said it was great to see Meghan get to this point with a strong outing against a good team. "I'm very proud of her," he said. "She's a tremendous person and deserving of the personal accolades. Anytime anyone gets to 1,000 points it's a testament to her abilities and also to the team that's around her."
Nowak averages 18.3 points per game for her career.
Fellow forward Emily Lavin, a freshman, posted another noteworthy stat sheet, scoring 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and blocking two shots. Eastern junior guard Kaitlyn Dougherty netted 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting. She also had five boards and four assists. Dougherty now has 509 career points.
Eastern shot well from the floor, 45.3 percent, which is above their season average. Davis said that Eastern made a concerted effort to work the ball inside Saturday. The Eagles scored 40 of their 65 points in the paint.
Juniata shot 49.3 percent, scoring 21 points off turnovers and 22 second-chance points. The Juniata Eagles were led in scoring by guard Kate McDonald's 28 points. McDonald also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Juniata pulled ahead by 17 points with five minutes to go in the first half, but Eastern cut the gap to five points with a 12-2 run over the next four minutes.
Eastern stayed within single-digits of Juniata through the beginning of the second half, but Juniata stretched its lead to double-digits and kept it that way for the game's final 10 minutes.
Davis knew that Juniata (5-0) was going to be a tough matchup but said there were things that Eastern progressed in during the game. "We can build on this," he said. "And there's no time for us to lick our wounds; we have our first conference game on Wednesday."
Eastern opens Freedom Conference play with a 6 p.m. game at Manhattanville College on Wednesday.
Updated: Monday, 30 December 2013