February 6, 2013

Eagles Possess Enough Firepower to Upend Gophers, 62-45

Huff Tallies 13 Points in 18th Start of 2012-13 Season

TOWSON, Md. — Goucher held Kate McDonald and Jordan Speck, the two Juniata players who were each averaging more than 10 points per game, to seven points apiece. The Gophers also kept Speck and Natalie Glinsky, who are both among the Eagles' all-time leaders in 3-point field goals, in check, limiting the pair to a combined 1-for-8 performance on long-range attempts.

Still, Juniata had enough firepower to go on a 22-6 run in the second half of tonight's Landmark Conference contest right after head coach Didi Cotton's squad had closed to within 32-30 on a made free throw by Precious Kollock (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco). The spurt, which lasted more than eight minutes, provided the Eagles with a 54-36 lead and they went on to defeat the Gophers, 62-45.

Juniata went ahead for good on a short jumper by Kelsey Livoti nearly seven minutes into the contest that made the score 9-7. By the end of the first half, it was 27-21 in favor of the visiting Eagles.

Twice during the opening five minutes of the second period, the Gophers (6-15, 2-9 Landmark) lowered their deficit to as few as two points, the first time on a jumper by Sharnell Huff (Bowie, Md./Bowie) and later on Kollock's foul shot. But just 26 seconds after the junior guard/forward sank her free throw, Livoti ignited Juniata's decisive run by knocking down a 3-point shot.

Another 3-pointer, this one by Maria Photiades, presented the Eagles (16-6, 7-4 Landmark) with their first double-figure lead (45-34).

During the second half, Juniata was 14-for-27 from the field (.519).

Each team had two double-digit scorers, one a starter and the other a reserve. Juniata's Paige Dennison led all scorers as she delivered 14 points off the bench, while Jordan Hileman contributed 11 points to the win; Huff, making her 18th start of the season, tallied 13 points, while Amaka Ezeani (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) played only nine minutes for Goucher, but scored 10 points.