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Women's Basketball News & Highlights

February 01, 2014

Eagles Dealt Second Conference Loss

Gina DiDomenico shot 5-for-10 on Saturday against Manhattanville to finish with 17 points, her third highest total this season.

Gina DiDomenico shot 5-for-10 on Saturday against Manhattanville to finish with 17 points, her third highest total this season.

ST. DAVIDS, Pa.—Eastern Women’s Basketball climbed out of a 14-point hole in the second half of Saturday’s game against the Manhattanville College Valiants, but a 19-4 Valiant run late in the second half buried the Eagles.

Eastern lost 76-61 to Manhattanville, dropping just its second conference game of the season.

Meghan Nowak and Gina DiDomenico each scored 17 points to lead the Eagles. Emily Lavin recorded 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting and had seven rebounds and three blocks.

Four Manhattanville starters scored double-digits: Ashley Raaf (21), Ashley Franklin (18), Candice Scott-Mason (17), and Bri Pabon (14). Starting center Alyson Caiazzo drew most of Eastern’s defensive attention in the paint. Caiazzo only scored two points and turned the ball over six times, but amassed 20 rebounds.

The Eagles fell behind 37-25 after a first half where they shot 34 percent and turned the ball over 14 times.

The Valiants scored the first bucket of the second half, but after that, Eastern ripped off a 12-0 run to pull within two points with 16:13 remaining in the half.

The Eagles finally tied the game at 45-45 with a 3-pointer from the right wing by DiDomenico with 12:31 to play. DiDomenico followed with a jumpshot on the next possession and then a Dougherty layup made it a 49-45 Eastern lead with 12:10 to play.

The Eagles appeared to be in good shape 13 seconds later when Valiants’ Caiazzo committed a charge for the Valiants’ ninth team foul of the half. Every subsequent team foul for the Valiants in the game’s final 12 minutes would result in two free throws for Eastern, and another foul by Caiazzo would disqualify her from the contest.

However, the Eagles were not able to take advantage of this opportunity and surprisingly drew just two Valiants’ fouls the rest of the way, one of which was an offensive foul (resulting in no free throws).

The Valiants went on a 19-4 run starting with a layup by Scott-Mason with 11:03 left and ending with another layup by Raaf with 6:07 to play. After the run, the Valiants led 64-53 and had shot 7-for-8 from the floor during that span with three of those field goals from beyond the arc.

On paper, the Eagles looked like heavy favorites entering the game. When these teams met in early December, the Eagles manhandled the Valiants by 28 points.

The Eagles still sit in second place in the Freedom Conference with a 6-2 record. Manhattanville, now 3-5, is tied for fifth with Misericordia.

On Wednesday, Eastern hosts King’s College at 6 p.m.

Box Score


Updated: Saturday, 01 February 2014


Nate Davis

Nate Davis

Coach Davis earned Freedom Conference Coach of the Year Honors in 2011-12.

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