The Clarion University Women’s Basketball team dropped its first two meetings of the year this past weekend at the MEC/PSAC Challenge at West Virginia State University.
The game officially marked the beginning of the Jana Ashley era as the Golden Eagles’ head coach.
Clarion dropped its opening game to Charleston (W.Va.), by the score of 54-43.
Clarion held with Charleston, tying them 27-27 at halftime.
The only Clarion lead of the second half came courtesy of a Tania Holmes three-pointer with 16:06 remaining in the half.
The three-pointer gave the Golden Eagles a 34-33 lead.
The 11 point lead allowed Charleston to break the game open and come away with the victory.
Clarion was led by Holmes, who finished with 12 points and four assists.
Senior Hannah Heeter finished with eight points and 15 rebounds.
Heeter would come up 10 points short for 1,000 in her career.
Also chipping in for Clarion were junior Jasmine Boyd and freshman Amesha Harden-Pullium, who scored nine and eight points respectively.
Heeter found many postives from the first game, saying “We played good hard team defense and boxed out a team who in the past had averaged a lot of offensive rebounds. As a team, we were crashing the boards and getting key offensive rebounds. We just needed to convert those extra possessions to points. If we start hitting shots and play as a team like we did at the beginning of the game, we should be a force to be reckoned with.”
Clarion returned to action Saturday, falling to West Virginia State 68-58.
West Virginia State came out strong, holding a 19-4 lead early in the game.
The Yellow Jackets took the lead into halftimewith the score at 36-22.
West Virginia State continued strong, coming out of halftime on a 10-1 run with 14:54 left.
Clarion, however, finished strong with a 26-11 run to end the game.
Boyd chipped in eight points, and sophomore Delrika Jones-Carey added nine points.
However, the big story was Heeter.
Heeter had a huge game, finishing with 21 points and 16 rebounds.
Heeter scored her 1,000 point with 9:44 left in the first half, and finished with 1,011.
When she was asked about her initial reaction to achieving the milestone, she said, “I am proud of myself for reaching a milestone that many strive for but few achieve. Personally though, I would have traded it for two wins this weekend instead. But I am thankful for everyone from my family and friends to my past/present coaches and teammates because without them I wouldn’t be the player that I am today.”
The women’s basketball team will have its home opener on Nov. 23 against Ursuline.