Women's Basketball News & Highlights
February 18, 2014
Eagles Fall Prey To No. 5 Devils
Eastern fell 77-51 to FDU-Florham and dropped to 13-11 on the season and 8-5 in the Freedom Conference. FDU-Florham, ranked No. 5 nationally by the USA Today Coaches' Poll, improved to 24-0 and 13-0 in the Freedom Conference.
Kaitlyn Dougherty and Meghan Nowak scored in double-digits for the Eagles. Dougherty scored a team-high 14 points on 4-of-15 field goal shooting and 6-of-9 shooting from the free-throw line. Nowak hit 4-of-11 shots to finish with 11 points. She also had 10 rebounds (five offensive, five defensive) to claim her eighth double-double of the year.
Gina DiDomenico and Emily Lavin combined for 15 points and 15 rebounds. DiDomenico and eight points and seven rebounds and Lavin had the reverse. Lavin also blocked three shots.
The Devils' aggressive defense forced 28 Eagles' turnovers, the second-worst total for the Eagles this season. The Devils stole the ball 17 times. Four Devils finished in double-digits. Shalette Brown led FDU-Florham with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Eastern hosts DeSales University on Saturday in the final regular season game of the year at 2 p.m.Box score currently unavailable.
With one game remaining in the conference schedule, Eastern sits in a tie for third place with Delaware Valley College.
Eastern is one game behind the DeSales University Bulldogs, but the two teams will face each other in the final game of the year.
If Eastern wins on Saturday, they will secure the second playoff seed and would host the first round of the playoffs against DeSales, or against Delaware Valley (if Del Val beats FDU-Florham).
If the Eagles lose, their opening playoff game would be on the road at either DeSales or FDU, depending on the result of Delaware Valley's final game.
Delaware Valley plays at FDU Saturday. If Del Val upsets FDU, Del Val would take third place outright and Eastern would take fourth and have to face FDU on the road in the opening round of the playoffs.
If Del Val loses to FDU, the tie-breaker procession goes through all four levels:
Level one, Head-to-head record:
Level two, Record against the league from the top, down:
Level three, scoring differential in head-to-head matchups (maximum 15 points per game):
Both games were decided by more than 15 points. Tied 15-15 in scoring differential.
Level four, scoring differential against the league from the top, down:
Updated: Tuesday, 18 February 2014