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Women's Basketball News & Highlights

February 26, 2014

Eagles Knocked Out Of Playoffs By Bulldogs

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Meghan Nowak has helped lead Eastern to the Freedom Conference Playoffs three years in a row. She scored a team-high 14 points on Wednesday.

ST. DAVIDS, Pa.—Eastern Women’s Basketball discovered just how hard it is to beat any team three times in one season when they hosted DeSales University on Wednesday evening in the Freedom Conference Semifinals. The Eagles had already beaten the Bulldogs twice this season, but fell 73-54 to the Bulldogs in Wednesday night’s win-or-go-home game.

Despite committing 20 first-half turnovers, Eastern entered halftime up 23-22 after a buzzer-beating floater by Yazlane Villegas. The Bulldogs were unable to fully take advantage of Eastern’s miscues, shooting just 8-for-34 (23.5 percent) in the first half. Villegas’ buzzer-beater was the Eagles' only field goal in the final seven minutes of the half.

Eastern struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the second half as well. After Kaleigh Boreman drained a 3-pointer with 15:39 to play, the Eagles went the next 11 1/2 minutes only making two field goals (both layups by Meghan Nowak).

DeSales shot much better in the second half (47.5 percent) and built a double-digit lead during the Eagles’ drought and held the Eagles off for the remainder of the game.

DeSales’ senior guards Sondrine Glovas and Alexiah Grant scored 21 points each to lead the Bulldogs. Grant shot just 8-for-32 (25 percent) from the floor but also had five assists. Glovas shot a more efficient 8-for-18 (44.4 percent) and had seven steals and five rebounds.

The Bulldogs received an unexpected breakout game from reserve freshman forward Morgan McCollian. McCollian, who only averaged 3.9 points per game in the regular season, powered her way to 19 points and 12 rebounds.

The Eagles can take comfort in the fact that they will not be losing any players to graduation for the second straight year. This year’s junior class has now taken the Eagles to the playoffs three seasons in a row and as seniors next year, they will look to guide the team to the conference championship game for the first time in the school’s NCAA history.

Three Eastern juniors scored in double-figures Wednesday night.

Junior Meghan Nowak led Eastern with 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting (53.8 percent) and had six rebounds. Kaitlyn Dougherty hit 4-of-10 shots and 4-of-4 free throws to finish with 12 points. Gina DiDomenico knocked down 3-of-6 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. DiDomenico’s 47 3-pointers this year is the fourth best season total at Eastern.

Freshman Emily Lavin finished with five points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. Lavin rejected 81 shots this year (3.24 blocks per game), which is the fourth-highest season total at Eastern. Tori Grossi, a sophomore, added seven points and nine rebounds.

The Eagles finish the 2013-14 season with a 14-12 record.

The results of the Freedom Conference All-Conference teams and season awards are in and will be released at noon on Thursday.

Box Score 

Updated: Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Coaches

Nate Davis

Nate Davis

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

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