Jefferson Upends Women’s Basketball

Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki Sophomore forward Kobi Nwandu scored a career-high 29 points against Concordia last Monday night. Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki
Freshman center #25 Marlene Bassett (right in white) gets ready for the opening tip-off.

By Ronald Hanaki
Sports Editor

ESU’s Women’s Basketball team was upended by Jefferson (formerly Philadelphia University) 74-53 last Sunday afternoon at Koehler Fieldhouse.

The Warriors had one of their worst shooting performances of the season. ESU shot 36.5% for the game including a dismal 31% on 9-for-29 shooting in the second half.

Normally, the three-point shot is a weapon for ESU, but the Warriors were 17.4% from behind-the-arc for the game including a 0-for-8 shooting performance in the second half.

The game was tied 9-9, but Jefferson went on an 11-2 scoring run to take an early 20-11 lead.

The Warriors came back with an 8-0 scoring run of their own, but Jefferson led ESU 20-19 at the end of the first quarter.

Then Jefferson began to pull away in the second quarter and led ESU 43-33 at halftime.

The Warriors held their own in the third quarter, but they still trailed Jefferson by 14 points at the start of the fourth quarter.

But any hope of a Warrior comeback was dashed as ESU could only manage seven points in the fourth quarter and found itself on the receiving end of a 21-point loss.

Nevertheless, there were some bright spots for the Warriors. Senior guard Imani Brown led ESU in scoring with 13 points.

Freshman center Marlene Bassett scored a career-high 10 points, and sophomore center Alison Bauman contributed six points off the bench.

Defensively, sophomore point guard Jordan Hertz had four steals. She also had four points and three assists for the game.

But overall, a poor shooting performance by the Warriors betrayed them last Sunday afternoon.

The Warriors (4-2, 2-0) continue their home stand against PSAC West rivals Seton Hill (3-2, 1-1) and California (5-0, 2-0) this weekend.

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