Women's Basketball News & Highlights
January 29, 2014
Eagles March Past Colonels, 60-46
It took all of last season for the Eagles to reach six conference wins.
The Eagles have now faced each member of the Freedom Conference once and went 4-0 on the road against those teams.
Despite shooting 31.5 percent from the floor, the Eagles strung together scoring runs when they needed to in order to pull ahead Wednesday.
Three juniors led the Eagles with double-digit scoring. Meghan Nowak scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Kaleigh Boreman notched her first collegiate double-double, scoring 11 points and nabbing 12 rebounds. Four of Boreman's rebounds were on the offensive end. Kaitlyn Dougherty finished with 10 points.
The Colonels shot slightly worse from the floor, hitting 31.1 percent of their shots. Chelsea Brown and Elena Stambone score all but 12 of the Colonels' 46 points. Brown finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Stambone likewise had 17 points, but shot just 6-for-27 (22.2 percent) from the floor.
The Eagles gave up nine straight Colonels' points (Brown and Stambone scored the Colonels' first 15 points) to start the game and still trailed by five points with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
However, for the rest of the half, the Eagles outscored the Colonels 15-4. Emily Carmel hit two big 3-pointers during that stretch and gave the Eagles their first lead of the game at 22-21 with 4:36 to go in the first half.
The Eagles took a 29-23 lead into the locker room. But with 14:24 left in the second half, Stambone and Brown cut Eastern's lead to one point, 33-32. After Eagles' head coach Nate Davis called a timeout, Eastern took off on a 9-0 run.
A rare 4-point play by Gina DiDomenico followed by a 3-pointer by Boreman with 9:43 left put the Eagles up by a double-digit margin, which they maintained for the rest of the game. Boreman stuck a fork in the Colonels with 3:27 remaining with her third and final 3-pointer of the game.
The Eagles had to play Wednesday without starting point guard Emily McPeak and with starting center Emily Lavin seeing limited minutes because of foul trouble.
Eastern currently sits in second place in the conference behind FDU-Florham who is 7-0 so far this year.
The Eagles move into the second half of the conference season with a home contest against Manhattanville on Saturday.
Updated: Wednesday, 29 January 2014