The Clarion University women’s basketball team opened the regular season with two losses over the weekend to West Virginia State and the University of Charleston.
Poor shooting haunted the Golden Eagles in both games.
Clarion shot 33 percent from the field against West Virginia State and 35 percent from the field against Shepard.
Clarion was led by Tania Holmes and Delrika Jones-Carey who both recorded a double-double against West Virginia State.
Holmes recorded 27 points and 11 rebounds while also racking up five steals.
Jones-Carey recorded 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Clarion struggled taking care of the ball while recording nine turnovers, compared to the team’s four assists.
The Golden Eagles lived in the paint, scoring 40 of the team’s 69 points coming in the painted area.
The three-point field goal, something that was noted as a big part of the Golden Eagle’s game, was non-existent in the first game of the weekend.
Clarion made three of the 22 attempted three-point field goals.
That shooting percentage turned around in the game against Charleston with the Golden Eagles shooting 33 percent from behind the arc.
Turnovers seemed to be a usual occurrence in the game with both teams, totaling 28 turnovers combined.
Jones-Carey led Clarion with 13 points, while Jen Straw added 12 off of the bench.
Free throw shooting was a big success for Clarion in the game against Charleston, with the team shooting 80 percent from the foul line.
Clarion made as many free throws as they did field goals in the game.
The Golden Eagles also improved on distributing the ball, tallying 16 assists in the game.
That is 12 more assists than the team had in game one.
Something to note from the box score is that the Golden Eagles two starting guards, Holmes and Tyra Polite, along with slash player Jones-Carey, accounted for 48 of the team’s 82 rebounds.
Clarion had nine different players see time in the games, with Holmes leading the way in playing time with 65 minutes on the court in the two games combined.
Clarion has seven new players on the roster this year, bringing a whole new challenge to adjusting to each other and how each other plays.
Straw said the team is meshing well.
“We have different strengths than we had last year, and each player brings different assests to the team. We have a few areas to improve on as a team, but they are easily fixable. Just from playing over the weekend, we fixed some of those things and we will continue to see improvement the more we lay with each other,” Straw said
The Golden Eagles will host the Cheyney Wolves on Nov. 21.
Tipoff is at 1 p.m.