Joseph Lillard / Staff Writer
Clarion University’s women’s basketball team has not been able to catch a break lately.
Clarion’s last three opponents, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hill University, all posted double-digit victories over the Golden Eagles, 87-42, 71-39, and 75-65, respectively.
Clarion was already in the middle of a slump before taking on the Crimson Hawks of IUP, the second-best Division Two team.
IUP made sure to prove they were worthy of that national recognition, too. The Crimson Hawks dominated every quarter, putting up 31 of its 47 first half points in the first quarter, while holding the Eagles to only 22.
Clarion kept it competitive in the third quarter, only being outscored by three points, but could not sustain any momentum.
The Hawks closed out the game by holding Clarion to only seven points in the final frame.
Meanwhile, its opponents seemingly could not miss if they wanted to.
IUP fired up an incredible 61.3 percent from the field for the whole contest. In fact, the Crimson Hawks never shot under 60 percent in either half.
No player on the Golden Eagles’ roster reached double figures in scoring, with Tracy Wiehe and Amesha Harden-Pullium collecting nine points apiece to lead all Clarion scorers.
Clarion hosted California for the next contest on the schedule.
The Eagles came out flat to start the game, only managing to produce two points in the first quarter.
Clarion tightened its game throughout the remainder, but a majority of the damage had already been done.
After giving up 21 points in the first quarter, and getting outscored by 19 in the same quarter, Clarion was forced to play catch-up.
Despite being outscored by 13 in the final three periods, Clarion could not get enough traction to make up for the sluggish start.
The Golden Eagles did improve their shooting to over 42 percent from the field for the whole contest, and Tynita White and Wiehe both amassed 11 points in the loss to Cal.
Clarion’s next opponent came in the form of Seton Hill with the Golden Eagles playing the part of the home team.
The Golden Eagles saw some success early in the matchup. Clarion outscored the Griffins in the first stanza by a score of 21-16.
Seton Hill made up for lost ground quickly, outscoring the Eagles in the second quarter by six points.
With the lead in its talons at the half, the Griffins never looked back.
Seton Hill put in 40 second half points to Clarion’s 31, giving the Griffins the W.
Wiehe poured in a team high 19 points for the Eagles, with Taylor Moltz and Harden-Pullium each chipping in 14.
After the crushing loss to Seton Hill, Clarion is now on a nine-game losing streak.
Clarion looks to turn things around on Feb. 3 in a road game.
Tip-off for that game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.