Cecil Grubbs / Staff Writer
The Golden Eagles women’s basketball team suffered two more losses this past week, dropping their record to 7-16 with a 2-15 mark against the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Clarion finished off the month of January with a hard fought 61-51 loss to the Mercyhurst Lakers in the concluding contest of a three-game homestand.
Sophomore forward Tynita White and junior guard Jordan Bekelja each scored 10 points while teammate sophomore forward Tracey Wiehe added nine more off the bench.
Mercyhurst outscored Clarion in every quarter except the second and had a .471 percentage in three-point field goals, compared to .176 for the Golden Eagles. Freshman guard Yasmin Lewis missed a double-double by just one rebound, finishing with nine boards and seven points.
The two teams pulled off an identical 28 points in the paint, and Clarion piled up 17 points off turnovers compared to just 11 for Mercyhurst.
The Lakers simply played a more fundamentally sound game than the Golden Eagles, knocking down 77.8 percent of their free throws compared to just 66.7 percent for Clarion.
On Feb. 3, the Golden Eagles drop another close game, 65-55 on the road against the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in the second and final meeting of the season between the two teams.
Clarion battled back from a 15-2 first quarter deficit and outscored UPJ 45-37 in the second half.
However, they could not get past a first half that saw them score just 10 points and convert just four of 23 field goals prior to the intermission.
Lewis brought the best performance of her season for the Golden Eagles.
She netted her first career double digit scoring game with 18 points in 37 minutes on the court, while also securing a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Bekelja never left the court contributing 10 points, six assists and five rebounds in 40 minutes of action.
Wiehe also came off the bench for an impressive 17 points and five boards in 22 minutes on the court.
The furious second half rally by the Golden Eagles brought what had been a 20-point lead for the Mountain Cats all the way down to five with 39 seconds left.
However, UPJ came up with five more points in the final seconds of regulation to secure the victory.
The Golden Eagles are amid a full week of well-earned rest before they travel to Slippery Rock on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Tip-off from the Morrow Field House will be at 1 p.m.