The Daily Eastern News

Column: Panthers must carry on from where they left off

Tom O'Connor, Basketball Columnist

February 27, 2018

Had the Panthers lost to Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Saturday, it would have marked the worst record in school history. But the Panthers put together a refreshing 76-72 overtime win over Southern Illinois Edwardsville, who hoisted the second best win total, not to mention a 13-4 record against...

Opinion: Stagnant offense hands Eastern marginal defeat

Tom O'Connor, Sports Columnist

February 4, 2018

The Eastern women’s basketball team led Tennessee Tech for almost all of the game Saturday, yet, in a span of about 15 seconds, the Golden Eagles seized their first victory at Lantz Arena in seven years. While it may seem as though the game came down to one possession, the Panthers became much more...

Opinion: Men’s basketball team in need of defensive rebounds

Maher Kawash, Basketball Reporter

January 31, 2018

The Eastern men’s basketball has three forwards that are 6-feet-8 or above yet somehow rank 10th in the Ohio Valley Conference in defensive rebounds. It is important to note that height does not always correlate to rebounds as strength and position are also factors in snagging a board over the defender. Regardless,...

Notebook: Belmont tightens grip, Eastern tumbles in OVC

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor

January 29, 2018

Chalk up two more ugly second halves and two more conference losses for the Eastern women’s basketball team, after a weekend where it lost to Belmont and Tennessee State thanks to two second half collapses which saw them shoot a combined 25.7 percent in the second half of those games. Eastern has...

Column: Freshmen stepping up for women’s basketball team

Kaitlin Cordes, Women's Basketball Reporter

January 15, 2018

A loss handed down by none other than first-place Belmont could not stifle the fiery energy of freshmen guards Taylor Steele and Karle Pace. In fact, the two underclassmen were the Panthers’ leading scorers with 13 points apiece. Pace and Steele also led in rebounds with Pace pulling down a team-high...

Opinion: Men’s basketball 3 games away from OVC

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

December 10, 2017

  Two things have come up for the Eastern men’s basketball team in just the first month of the season.  The first being the Panthers beating Illinois in the exhibition opener, which potentially set a tone of what could have been expected for Eastern this season. The game against Illinois...

No need for panic in women’s basketball team

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor

November 30, 2017

  Before the Eastern women’s basketball season started I wrote a piece detailing how much better the perennial losing program would be this season under the guidance of new head coach Matt Bollant and even after the teams 1-5 start, I am sticking with my prediction. I questioned my prediction...

Starks’ 27 points not enough in overtime loss

Jajuan Starks drives the basket for Eastern in the team’s win over Illinois Nov. 3 at Lantz Arena. Starks led the team with 27 points and added eight rebound in Eastern’s overtime loss to Marquette Tuesday night in Milwaukee.

Maher Kawash, Basketball Reporter

November 28, 2017

  Jajuan Starks just transferred into the Eastern men’s basketball team this season, but his ability to play bigger than himself is making a huge difference for the Panthers to start the campaign. That was exactly the case Monday night as Eastern put another power five conference opponent...

Panthers trickle down in OVC standings

Maher Kawash, Sports Editor

November 1, 2017

A few weeks ago, teams across the Ohio Valley Conference were looking up at the Eastern football team. Now, not so much. The Panthers strung off four straight wins by three points or less to claim first in the OVC, but then preseason-favorite Jacksonville State came along to derail that ship quickly. Since...

Panthers start conference play strong

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

October 3, 2017

Two weeks ago, after the Panthers lost to Illinois State, it seemed like the season might be spiraling out of control. Since then, redshirt freshman quarterback Scotty Gilkey Jr. has got the offense back on track and the defense has continued to be the anchor of Eastern’s team. And in these past ...

Men’s soccer team ties draw record

Vince Lovergine, Men's Soccer Reporter

September 24, 2017

  The Eastern men’s soccer team opened Summit League play on Saturday, and held No. 23 Omaha scoreless in the 0-0 draw. In the draw, Eastern tied their record for draws in a season—a record that stood for 34 years. Back in 1982, the Panthers tied five matches in the season, and Eastern...

Adam Shay, Women's Soccer Reporter

September 18, 2017

  During Sunday’s 3-0 loss against Southern Illinois Edwardsville, the Eastern women’s soccer team allowed two goals within the final 20 minutes. What may be a solution to their fatigue at the end of the game is substituting players more often.  At the end of the first half, six players...

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