This past Saturday, the Clarion Golden Eagles Women’s basketball team traveled to Mercyhurst University in Erie to take on the Lakers.
Clarion started out strong in the contest as it held leads three different times in the first half, which included a 24-21 lead with 1:42 to play in the half following an 11-1 run.
Mercyhurst was able to battle back and regain the lead as the Golden Eagles entered halftime trailing 26-25.
Head coach Jana Ashley said “The team showed defensive intensity in the first half.”
The Golden Eagles came out in the second half and tried to keep up with the Lakers staying within one early on in the half.
The Golden Eagles rallied back with in five, trailing the Lakers 46-41 with 7:53 to play.
Then the Golden Eagles trailed by just eight, 56-48 with four minutes to play, but Mercyhurst ended the game on a 14-2 run.
The game ended with the Golden Eagles losing by 20 by the score of 70-50.
However, the game was much closer than the final indicates.
The loss drops Clarion to 2-22 on the season and 1-18 in the PSAC.
Ashley said on the hard fought loss “Mercyhurst is a better team than their record indicates. We were not solid defensively in the second half, and fatigue contributed to that.”
“We need to continue to try putting together a 40 minute game,” Ashlet said.
Junior guard Tania Holmes led the way for the Golden Eagles with a team-high 19 points combined with seven rebounds and three assists on the day.
Holmes now has been in double digits in scoring nine of her last 10 games.
Sophomore forward Delrika Jones-Carey tallied her team-leading sixth double-double for the season by putting up 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Golden Eagle sophomores, forward Maria Taylor and guard Cara Cook, each contributed five points in the game.
Taylor also had two rebounds in the game.
Sophomore Jen Straw had four points and four rebounds for Clarion.
Freshman point guard Amesha Harden-Pullium added three points and two assists in the loss.
This Sunday will be Clarion’s final home game of the season at Tippin Gymnasium and it will be Senior Day.
They will honor Hannah Heeter, the team’s lone senior.
Ashley said “Even though Hannah’s season is over with an injury, we will honor her for all her great accomplishments here, and Clarion and do our best to get a win for her last game in Tippin.”
The team will be going up against Slippery Rock University.
The tip off is set for 1 p.m.