Clarion Women Fall by Double Digits to UPJ

| January 3, 2019

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Clarion women’s basketball team cut the lead to two possessions late in the third quarter, but the Golden Eagles were unable to complete the comeback in falling 69-57 to Pitt-Johnstown on Wednesday night.

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Clarion falls to 7-6 overall, 1-5 in PSAC play.

Three Golden Eagles scored in double figures against the Mountain Cats, led by a 15-point effort from Kadijah Dickson. She shot 6-of-12 from the field while also recording seven rebounds. Just behind her was Yndiah Bobo, who played all 40 minutes in scoring 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Yasmin Lewis added 10 points and five rebounds in just 22 minutes of play.

Both teams were efficient from the field, with the Golden Eagles shooting 43.9 percent from the field and the Mountain Cats 53.1 percent. Clarion narrowly took the rebound battle 32-31 and forced 19 UPJ turnovers.

The first quarter went back and forth for the first seven minutes or so, with Clarion taking the lead on a jumper by Lewis to start the game and holding a 12-10 advantage thanks to another bucket from Lewis at the 4:23 mark. Pitt-Johnstown outscored the Golden Eagles 12-5 the rest of the first quarter, taking a 22-17 lead into the first break of the night.

The Golden Eagles chipped away at that lead in the second quarter, pulling to within 24-23 on a bucket by Bobo. Pitt-Johnstown responded with 12 straight points to close out the first half, taking a 36-23 lead heading into the locker room. In the third quarter, Dickson cut the deficit to less than 10 points with a layup, and Bobo scored at the 4:39 mark to make it just a 43-37 game.

It was still a two-possession game near the end of the period as Haille Hart made two free throws with 40 seconds left, making it 49-43, but the lead jumped back to double-digits early in the fourth quarter on a make by Maddie Shanahan. There it stayed for much of the rest of the half as Mountain Cats pulled away for the win.

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