East Stroudsburg Too Much for CU Women’s Basketball

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – Four Clarion women’s basketball players finished the day in double figures in scoring but the Golden Eagles weren’t able to keep up with East Stroudsburg, as the Warriors claimed a 91-74 decision at Koehler Fieldhouse on Saturday.

(Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

The Golden Eagles (1-3, 0-1 PSAC) will be back in action tomorrow afternoon when they take on West Chester.

It was a strong day in the scoring department for Clarion, who shot 42.1 percent from the field and a respectable 35.0 percent from three-point range. Tyra Polite led all scorers with 17 points on the day while three of her teammates joined her with 10+ points. Quorea Pearyer made her first career start in a Clarion uniform, going 4-of-10 from the field with 16 points while fellow guard Jordan Bekelja went 5-of-10 from the field for 13 points. Delrika Jones-Carey was the fourth Golden Eagle to enter double-digits, tallying 10 points and pulling in a team-high six rebounds.

The teams were separated by just five points at the halftime break, with the Warriors holding a 38-33 advantage after two quarters of action, but a 26-13 gap in the third period put the Golden Eagles in the hole. Clarion outscored East Stroudsburg 28-27 in the fourth quarter to cut the final deficit but were unable to make it all the way back against the Warriors.

Clarion led early in the first quarter when Bekelja put them ahead 5-4 with her first three-pointer of the contest. Polite put the Golden Eagles back on top late in the first stanza with a midrange jumper of her own, knocking one down with 3:41 to play in the period to make it 14-13. Bekelja completed an and-one to make it 17-15 with 1:58 left in the first but East Stroudsburg closed on a 4-0 run to make it 19-17.

The Golden Eagles erased a four-point deficit in the second quarter with a 5-0 run, starting with a pair of free throws by Ashley Deleonibus and a three-pointer by Polite to make it 23-22. The Warriors responded with a 7-0 run to retake the advantage, making it 29-23 on a fast break layup by Jordan Hertz. The lead stayed within two to three possessions the rest of the way.

East Stroudsburg upped the lead to 18 points at the end of the third quarter, though, and the deficit hovered around there even as the Golden Eagles outscored the Warriors in the fourth quarter.

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