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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Kyle Carlesimo, a freshman guard, struggles to gain possession of a loose ball but a St. Mary of the Woods College player holds his firm grip on the ball during the mens basketball game against the St. Mary of the Woods College Black Horses in Lantz Arena Monday afternoon. Carlesimo led the Panthers with 19 points and seven rebounds. The team had an average of 4 rebounds per player, with a total of 50. The Panthers won 102-40 against the Black Horses.

Carlesimo leads men’s basketball to first home win of the season

Nick Bays, Men's Basketball Reporter November 22, 2022

After a second half that saw the Eastern men's basketball team score 59 points alone, the Panthers beat Saint Mary of the Woods College 102-40 Monday afternoon at home at First Mid Court. Eastern had...

Maya Chandler (10), a junior guard, is defended by Miah Monohan (3), a sophomore guard as she approaches the Panthers hoop during the womens basketball game against the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers in Lantz Arena Sunday afternoon. Monahan scored five points with six assists and four rebounds. The Panthers won 83-73 against the Ramblers.

Women’s basketball rallies in second half to beat Loyola Chicago

Nick Bays, Women's Basketball Reporter November 21, 2022

After trailing by 10 points at halftime, Eastern women’s basketball would go on to win at home at First Mid Court in Lantz Arena on Sunday against Loyola Chicago 83-73. The Panthers were led by...

Guard Yaakema Rose Jr. (4), yells in excitement after center player Nick Ellington (11), dunks the ball during their game vs. Illinois State University. The Panthers lost to the Redbirds 54-49 in Lantz Arena.

Ellington provides electricity in second half of home opener loss

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor November 11, 2022

Junior center Nick Ellington was the spark off the bench that the Eastern men’s basketball team needed in the second half of its 54-49 home opener loss to Illinois State Thursday evening.  The Panthers...

Lyric Johnson (4), a freshman guard brings the ball up the court during the womens basketball exhibition game against the Missouri-St. Louis Tritons at Lantz Arena Monday evening. Johnson had four rebounds, one steal and two assists. The Panthers won 65-54 against the Tritons.

Second half turnaround for Panthers leads to win in home opener

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor November 8, 2022

The Eastern women’s basketball team struggled in the first half as they trailed University of Missouri Saint Louis going into halftime but came out in the second half a new team as they beat UMSL 65-54...

Morgan Litwiller (24), a senior forward, looks for someone to throw the ball in bounds the womens basketball game against Millikin at Lantz Arena Thursday afternoon. Litwiller scored eight points and had three rebounds. The Panthers won 82-78 against the Big Blue.

Women’s basketball team encouraged after exhibition match win over Millikin

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor November 4, 2022

 The Eastern women’s basketball team defeated No. 14 Division III Millikin University 82-78 in an exhibition match on Thursday evening in Lantz Arena. Senior guard Lariah Washington and sophomore forward...

Guard Lariah Washington, a junior management major, shoots from the free-throw line in the third quarter of the first game in the OVC Tournament in Ford Center in Evansville, In. on Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2022. Washingotn scored 17 points and had seven rebounds. The Panthers lost against the Tennessee State Tigers 72-61.

Women’s basketball adds five new faces ahead of season

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor November 3, 2022

The Eastern women’s basketball team was slated to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference standings this season as senior guard Lariah Washington was named the preseason OVC Player of the Year and...

From left Kira Arthofer, a senior guard, and Morgan Litwiller, a junior guard, congratulate Miah Monahan, a freshman guard, on leading the team with 15 points at the women’s basketball game against the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars on Monday at Lantz Arena. The Panthers won 89-65 against the Cougars.

Washington, Litwiller expected to lead the women’s basketball team this season

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor November 2, 2022

The Eastern women’s basketball team will begin its season Thursday evening with an exhibition game at home against Millikin University. Head coach Matt Bollant said that he and his team are ready to...

From left, Paul Bizimana, a freshman forward, and Rodolfo Bolis, a freshman forward,  celebrate winning the men’s basketball game on Saturday against Tennessee State Tigers at Lantz Arena. Bizimana had 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Panthers won 78-70 against the Tigers.

Panthers slotted in ninth place in preseason OVC poll

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor October 18, 2022

The 2022-23 preseason poll for OVC men’s basketball was released Tuesday, putting Morehead State in first place.  The poll is selected by OVC head basketball coaches and communication directors...

Eastern guards Lariah Washington (left) and Miah Monahan celebrate the Panthers overtime win over Tennessee State Saturday in Lantz Arena. Washington scored a team-high 20 points and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career.

Washington picked to win OVC Player of the Year in preseason poll

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor October 18, 2022

The 2022-23 preseason poll for OVC women's basketball was released on Tuesday, announcing the predicted order of finish and preseason and All-OVC candidates. The poll is selected by OVC head...

Eastern redshirt senior Dustin Hatfield (24) competes in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the EIU Big Blue Classic on April 1 and O’Brien Field. Hatfield did not finish the event, but set a school record in the 5,000 meters the previous week at the Raleigh Relays with a time of 13:53.21.

Naming DEN’s 2021-22 Athletes of the Year

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor April 20, 2022

1. Dustin Hatfield The name Dustin Hatfield can be found all over the Eastern track and field and cross country record books.  Hatfield had several school records in his crosshairs during the 2021 cross...

The Eastern men’s basketball head coach Marty Simmons (seated left) instructs players on what to do during a timeout during the Panthers’ game against Murray State on Jan. 17 at Lantz Arena. The Panthers lost 72-46 to the Racers.

How life, basketball brought Simmons to EIU

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter April 20, 2022

Marty Simmons has had an illustrious basketball career, from his days as Mr. Basketball in Lawrenceville, Ill. to an overall record of 287-272 as a college head coach. About a year ago, he was named the...

The EIU womens basketball teams, from left, guard Kira Arthofer, head coach Matt Bollant, guard Jordyn Hughes and Abby Wahl, answer questions at the press conference after the Panthers 72-61 loss to Tennessee State in OVC Tournament in Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, on Wednesday. It was the last game for the three players, who are all seniors.

Panther seniors reflect on time at Eastern following season-ending loss

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor March 2, 2022

EVANSVILLE, IND. -- The Eastern women’s basketball team’s 72-61 loss in the first round of the OVC Tournament to Tennessee State was the last time that its three seniors stepped on the court sporting...

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