Alex Henry – Staff Writer
This past weekend, the Clarion University Women’s basketball team hosted a pair of games at Tippin Gymnasium.
The first matchup was on Saturday, where the Golden Eagles took on the Mansfield Mountaineers.
Clarion came out and absolutely dominated the first quarter of the game.
The Golden Eagles outscored the Mountaineers 21-3.
Clarion was able to maintain its lead entering halftime up 37-17.
At the half, Clarion was outshooting Mansfield 37 percent to 22 percent.
Both the teams shot above 35 percent the rest of the game, as Clarion extended its lead in the second half by six, resulting in a 73-47 final in the Golden Eagles favor.
Senior Golden Eagle guard Tyra Polite scored 18 points in the contest, along with adding right rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Fellow senior Golden Eagle guard Quorea Pearyer totaled 13 points, while also having five rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Clarion sophomore point guard Jordan Bekelja had 11 points, in addition tallied six rebounds and three assists.
Golden Eagle senior forward Delrika Jones-Carey finished one point shy of a double-double, as she had nine points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one assist.
The next matchup was on Sunday, as the Golden Eagles faced off against the Lock Haven Bald Eagles.
After a seesaw first quarter, the Golden Eagles trailed by one 18-17.
In the second, however, the offense heated up as Clarion would take a five-point lead into the half.
The Golden Eagles were able to put some distance between themselves and the Bald Eagles in the second half by outscoring them 38-23, resulting in a final of 75-55.
Leading the way for Clarion was once again Polite. Polite had 14 points in the game.
She also contributed four assists, three rebounds and three steals in the win.
Pearyer had 13 points along with nine rebounds, one steal and an assist. Bekelja scored 12 points, while going 10-for-10 from the foul line.
She also had three assists, one rebound and one steal.
Jones-Carey had 10 points as well as six rebounds.
The team has now won three straight games. Sophomore forward Taylor Moltz said “(We are) pushing each other harder and harder every day, and practice has contributed a huge part into our three game winning streak.”
As far as the season, Clarion is now 3-1 in conference play.
Despite being 3-1, they still ranked tied for fifth in the stiff composition of the PSAC West, as four teams are currently undefeated in the conference.
Moltz said, “We tend to just focus on our team and look at one team at a time. Being that we were picked second to last in the preseason poll, we have something to prove to each team going forward.”
The Golden Eagles return to action this Saturday as they host Bloomsburg University in conference action at Tippin Gymnasium.
Tip-off for the game is at 1 p.m.
After that, the women don’t play again until Dec. 18.
They will take on Cincinnati on the road at 2 p.m.