LASSBORO, N.J. – On November 18, the Eastern women’s basketball team lost to the Rowan Profs, 77-59.
“We came into this game undermanned with two starters injured and another player academically ineligible,” head coach David Storms said.
After several attempts to penetrate the Profs’ defense, sophomore Abbey Reed dropped the first two-pointer for the Eagles.
Sophomore Patrice Freeman led a majority of the Eagles attacks throughout the night. Despite the Profs’ 14 point lead early in the first, Freeman picked up an awe-inspiring two points with a dolphin-like lay-up.
An increasingly aggressive Profs defense made scoring difficult, but not impossible for the lady Eagles. Eagle senior Jacey Bray picked up a three-pointer from the side-court half way into the first period.
A quartet of Profs’ fouls brought a number of Eagles including, Bray and first-year Amanda Daveler to the foul line in just under one minute of playing time. Daveler made both her shots. Bray made hers and racked up another two with a lay-up seconds after.
A bank shot by first-year Martha Ratcliffe, another two made by Freeman, assisted by Bray, two from sophomore Elizabeth Luehman and a foul shot by Daveler brought the lady Eagles as close as they were going to get to the Profs that night at 36 to 31.
Daveler was slow getting up after a basketball player pile up over the ball occurred in the final seconds of the period.
Although the Profs dominated the second half, the Eagles left the court with some honorable plays. A cross court pass from Luehman to Bray culminated in a three point basket and a previously hurt Daveler raced down the court alone after an Eagle steal to score two.
“They came into this game knowing they had to play hurt,” Storms said. “But they played hard and I am always glad to come back to the school I graduated from.”