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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

Eastern guard, Cameron Haffner (3), dribbles towards the basket, avoiding Tennesse State guard, Jr. Clay (4), before attempting to shoot the ball in Lantz Arena on Saturday afternoon.

EIU men’s basketball falls short to lose its sixth game in a row

Zaria Flippin , Men's Basketball Reporter February 6, 2023

Eastern's men's basketball team fell short in a nail-biter to the Tennessee State Tigers 65-61 in Lantz Arena on Saturday evening. Junior guard Caleb Donaldson led the Panthers with 17 points and five...

Eastern forward, Taris Thornton (25), holds up a W with her hands, as the game ends, resulting in Easterns 12th win of the season, breaking their Best Start in the OVC record in Lantz Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Women’s basketball breaks EIU’s consecutive OVC win record

Cam'ron Hardy, Sports Reporter February 5, 2023

After the women’s basketball team won against Tennessee State University in a 75-58 victory, it broke the EIU record for the longest win streak in the Ohio Valley Conference at 12 consecutive wins. The...

Assistant coach Mariah King and the rest of the team come together during a timeout at their basketball game vs. Southeast Missouri in Lantz Arena Saturday afternoon.

Eastern gives Black athletes positive experiences

Han Byer, Kate Stevens, Autumn Schulz, Photographer, Assistant Sports Editor, Sports Editor February 1, 2023

In May of 2022, the NCAA released statistics breaking down NCAA athletes by ethnicity from 2021, finding that 8.8 percent were Black women athletes and 16.5 percent were Black male athletes. Five current...

Eastern guard, Lariah Washington (22), breaks a double team against Southeast Missouri Redhawks guard, Jaliyah Green (24), and another Redhawks player. The Panthers won 63-57 against the Redhawks in Lantz Arena on Saturday.

Washington’s leadership in fourth quarter helps EIU remain undefeated

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor January 29, 2023

Senior guard Lariah Washington has exhibited true leadership skills on the court for the Eastern women's basketball team. Her 6-0 run and 25 total points against SEMO late in the fourth quarter led...

The women’s basketball team celebrates a win over the Tennessee States Tigers on Saturday at Lantz Arena. The game went into overtime with the score 68-68, with the final score being 78-70.

Women’s basketball looks to go 7-0 in OVC

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor January 18, 2023

Eastern Illinois University (14-3, 6-0 OVC) at Tennessee State (7-10, 2-4 OVC) Gentry Center - Nashville, Tenn. at 5:30 p.m. Series Record: EIU leads 33-17 Last Meeting: EIU fell to TSU 72-61 in the...

Kate Stevens is a senior sports media relations major. and can be reached at 217-581-2812.

COLUMN: To the EIU crowd at home basketball games: let’s do better

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor January 18, 2023

 Let me get straight to it.  There is no reason to shout unnecessary things from the crowd at the players, referees, or opposing team’s bench during basketball games. As a sports fan I am all...

The womens basketball assistant coach, Mariah King, instructs the team in the locker room at halftime during their game against Little Rock on Saturday.

King returns home to inspire next generation of players

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor January 18, 2023

Eastern women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant’s newest addition to his staff has quite the resume and brings her successes and experiences back to Eastern. Mariah King is a former EIU women’s...

Eastern guard, Lariah Washington (22), attempts a jump shot against Little Rock guard, Tia Harvey (12) in Lantz Arena on Saturday evening. The Panthers won 44-33 against the Trojans.

Panthers’ fourth quarter rally leads to taking first place in OVC

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor January 15, 2023

The Eastern women’s basketball team is now the front runner of the Ohio Valley Conference as they beat Little Rock 44-33 in a defensive matchup Saturday afternoon at Lantz Arena. As they took the...

Eastern guard, Kinyon Hodges (10), attempts a jump shot while Little Rock guard, Myron Gardner (15) attempts to block his shot in Lantz Arena. The Panthers won 10-63 against the Trojans on Saturday evening.

Hodges, Ellington help men’s basketball to third OVC win

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor January 15, 2023

The spark that the men’s basketball team needed came late in the second half.   The Panthers had a 34-25 lead at halftime during Saturday’s OVC matchup against Little Rock but slowly but surely,...

Guard Kinyon Hodges (10), gets in the defensive position in attempts to guard Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Guard Damarco Minor (0). The Panthers lost 80-62 Thursday night.

Men’s basketball loses to first place SIUE

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor January 13, 2023

The Eastern men’s basketball team lost its third OVC game in a row to the SIUE Cougars Thursday evening in Lantz Arena 80-62. The Panthers are now 2-3 in the OVC and 6-12 overall. Junior guard Kinyon...

Forward, Taris Thornton (25) attempts to shoot the ball against SIUE Forward, Madison Webb (32). The Panthers won 88-72 on Thursday night.

Thornton’s first start helps lead EIU to fifth win in a row

Kate Stevens, Assistant Sports Editor January 13, 2023

The Eastern women’s basketball team has won their fifth game in a row as they defeated SIUE 88-79 at home Thursday evening. The Panthers and the Cougars were neck and neck during the first half, but...

Kinyon Hodges, a junior guard, scrambles after a loose ball during the mens basketball game against the University of Southern Indiana Eagles on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 31,  2022, at Lantz Arena. Hodges scored 10 points and had three assists. The Panthers won 91-80 against the Eagles.

Men’s basketball at the top of OVC statistics

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor January 10, 2023

The Eastern men’s basketball team is 2-2 in the OVC with multiple Panthers in the top 20 of various OVC statistics. Last season, the Panthers started off their OVC play with six losses in a row, and...

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