Women's Basketball News & Highlights
February 12, 2014
No Late Game Heroics In Rematch With Cougars
The earlier matchup this season between the Eagles and Cougars featured Dougherty sinking a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Eagles to victory. This time around, the Cougars were able to dribble out the final 10 seconds of action and hang on for the win.
Meghan Nowak (Middlebury Heights, N.J./ Gateway Regional) and Kaitlyn Dougherty (Exton, Pa./ Downington East) scored 28 points and 27 points, respectively. Nowak shot 10-for-16 (62.5 percent) from the floor and 7-for-7 from the free throw line, all in just 16 minutes of playing time. Foul trouble limited her playing time. She picked up her second foul eight minutes into the game and remained on the bench for the final 12 minutes of the first half.
Nowak put on a layup clinic to start the second half, making five of her eight second-half layups in the first 4:15 of the period. A pair of quick fouls at the other end of the floor, however, sent Nowak back to the bench with four fouls. Her 28 points are a season high. She has scored 20 or more points nine times this year and 25 times in her career.
Dougherty has now scored 25 points or more for the third game in a row, shooting 10-for-21 (47.6 percent) from the floor, 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Her 27 points are a career best.
Combined, Dougherty and Nowak shot 20-for-37 (54.1 percent). Eastern as a team shot 29-for-68 (42.6 percent).
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 12-10 overall and 7-4 in the Freedom Conference. Misericordia improved to 8-13 and 4-7 in the conference.
The Eagles started Wednesday’s game with an early nine-point lead, but Cougars’ Sam Baro tied the game at 32-32 with a pair of free throws with 2:56 left in the first half. Baro’s jumpshot with 0:17 left put the Cougars up 39-36 going into the locker room. Baro scored a team-high 20 points for Misericordia.
Hannah Seely added 19 points, Katie Drayton 16 points, and Shannon Croasdale 15 points.
The Cougars held a small lead for the entirety of the second half. Dougherty nailed a 3-pointer with 1:29 to play to bring the Eagles within one, 73-72. After a Misericordia jumper, Nowak hit two more free throws to keep it a one-point game with 0:54 to go.
With the shot clock unplugged and 0:29 on the game clock, the Cougars went up 76-74 with a free throw. The Cougars’ Hannah Seely gained a critical offensive rebound after the second free throw rimmed out to give Misericordia another possession and forcing Eastern to foul again. Shannon Croasdale hit both of her free throws to go up 78-74 with 0:23 to play.
Meghan Nowak drew a foul in the paint with 13 seconds left and sunk both free-throws to pull Eastern within two points. The Eagles were unable to foul the Cougars in the final 13 seconds to force a clock stoppage and free-throw situation, and the Cougars dribbled out the final seconds of game time.
The Eagles had struggled with foul trouble throughout the game and by the end of the game had three players with four fouls (Emily Lavin, Tori Grossi, Meghan Nowak) and one with five (Gina DiDomenico).
Eastern hosts Wilkes University on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Updated: Thursday, 13 February 2014