Saturday, February 17, 2018

Wilkes Women’s Basketball Closes Season with Senior Day Loss to Eastern

(Photo courtesy of Wilkes University Sports Information)
WILKES-BARRE – The Wilkes University women’s basketball team closed its season with an 81-68 loss to Eastern University in a Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom (MAC Freedom) contest Saturday at the Marts Center on Senior Day.

Emily Sofranko, Jamie Campbell, Sarah O’Hara, Nicole Farrell, and Catey McFadden were recognized before the game for their accomplishments to the Wilkes women’s basketball team during their careers.

Wilkes finished the season 4-21 overall and 0-14 in the MAC Freedom. Eastern concluded its season with a 6-19 overall record and 3-11 in the conference.

The Eagles took a 10-2 lead over the first five minutes of action but Campbell was able to keep the Lady Colonels close by scoring the first seven Wilkes points of the game. That included a three-pointer with 2:57 left in the first quarter to make the score 10-7.

Eastern would take a 16-9 lead into the second quarter but Gianna Roberts opened with a three-point play just nine seconds in to cut the lead to four points. The Eagles lead grew to 20 points at 44-24 but the Lady Colonels closed on a 7-0 run over the final 52 seconds to go into halftime down 44-31. Roberts connected on a jumper and a layup before the buzzer to bring her second quarter scoring total to nine points and Kelsey Yustat nailed a three-pointer 20 seconds before halftime.

O’Hara connected on a jumper to complete the Wilkes run at 9-0 to open the third quarter but Eastern built its largest lead of the game at 61-40 with 3:05 left in the quarter. The Lady Colonels fought back with an 8-0 run on a Roberts layup, McFadden three, and Chelsea Erkes three-point play with five seconds left in the third quarter to make the score 61-48.

The Lady Colonels scored the first three points of the fourth quarter to complete an 11-0 run in total and pulled within 10 points. Wilkes would cut the deficit to 10 points two more times in the final quarter but Eastern did not allow the Lady Colonels to close any closer than that.

McFadden led Wilkes with 13 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. She went 2-of-5 on three-point field goals to end her career tied for seventh in school history with 89 conversions from behind the arc.

Roberts also finished with 13 points and Farrell had seven rebounds.

Taylor Price led the way for Eastern with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Amanda Riiff and Regie Robinson also scored in double figures with 15 and 13 points respectively for the Eagles.

Wilkes held a 42-37 advantage on the glass and assisted on 15 baskets compared to just nine for the Eagles.

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