Women's Basketball News & Highlights
February 15, 2014
Eagles Rout Colonels, Clinch Playoff Spot
With the win, Eastern improved to 8-4 in the Freedom Conference and locked up a spot in the playoffs.
Freshman center Emily Lavin headlined Eastern’s group of three players with double-doubles after she recorded 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lavin sunk 8-of-10 field goal attempts and also blocked four shots in 24 minutes of play.
Shooting guard Gina DiDomenico tallied 12 points and gathered a game-high 13 rebounds.
Kaitlyn Dougherty finished with an even 10 points and 10 rebounds and was just three assists shy of a triple-double. Dougherty, who had scored career-highs in each of her last three games, commented before today’s game that getting a win is the biggest priority and that Eastern will be able to win games by a well-rounded offensive attack where several players are scoring at least 10 points.
Perhaps Dougherty’s pre-game statement was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Junior forward Meghan Nowak was the fourth Eagle with at least 10 points. Even though she didn’t record a double-double, her 14 points, six rebounds and six assists were nothing to sneeze at.
Bethany Zimmerman added eight points in 14 minutes off the bench for the Eagles.
Eastern’s offensive moved the ball effectively and unselfishly. The Eagles finished with 21 assists.
Through the first 13 minutes of Saturday’s game, the Eagles shot 1-for-12 (8.3 percent) from 3-point range. At that point, the game was tied 13-13. Gina DiDomenico got a trey to fall with 6:52 left in the first half to put Eastern back in the lead and in the lead for the rest of the game. DiDomenico’s 3-pointer sparked a 12-0 run for the Eagles over the next two minutes.
Eastern entered halftime shooting 3-for-17 from long range, but were more a much more conservative 2-for-6 from 3-point range in the second half. Overall, the Eagles shot 40 percent from the floor and held Wilkes to 28.1 percent shooting. Wilkes’ Elena Stambone scored a team-high 14 points on 4-of-17 shooting and Chelsea Brown added 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting.
Eastern travels to undefeated FDU-Florham on Tuesday and returns home for the final regular season game of the year Saturday against DeSales.
Updated: Saturday, 15 February 2014