The Daily Eastern News

Bright future ahead for freshman guard Steele

Tom O'Connor, Basketball Columnist

January 18, 2018

Eastern women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant has planted the seeds for freshmen Taylor Steele to reach her potential as a guard for the Panthers After a game in which the Panthers lost to Tennessee-Martin 44-72, Bollant praised Steele for her sense of clairvoyance on the basketball court, recognizin...

Panthers collapse in 2nd half, lose 72-44

Freshmen Karle Pace dribbles the ball upcourt in Eastern’s 72-44 loss against Tennessee-Martin at Lantz Arena Thursday. Pace scored five points in the game.

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor

January 18, 2018

Eastern head coach Matt Bollant was not shy in saying he needed more production from his team’s veteran players in what was one of Eastern’s worse losses of the season Thursday at Lantz Arena. All it took was a big third-quarter from Tennessee-Martin and suddenly its match with Eastern was a totally ...

Young guards leading way for Eastern

Sophomore Danielle Berry cuts to the basket in the Panthers’ 86-58 loss to Belmont Saturday in Lantz Arena. Berry has started every game for Eastern this season and averages 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor

January 16, 2018

It would have been easy to write off the rest of the Eastern women’s basketball season when senior point guard Grace Lennox went down for the season, playing her last game Dec. 8 in a loss to Fort Wayne. A team that was already struggling with a 1-7 record had just lost its top scorer and team leade...

Outside defense key for Eastern

Tom O'Connor, Basketball Reporter

January 11, 2018

The game of basketball has evolved more in the past five years than perhaps any other era in the sport’s history. Not only has three-point efficiency trended upward in recent years, but so too have the number of shot attempts. Case in point, over the course of the 2005-06 season, the Eastern women...

1st place Belmont traveling to Eastern

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor

January 11, 2018

Prior to the season beginning, no coach in the OVC was shy in saying that Belmont’s women’s basketball team was the team to beat and 18 games into the season, Belmont has lived up to that expectation. The Bruins have the OVC’s best overall record at 15-3 and conference record of 5-0. Outside of ha...

Underclassmen need to step up for women’s basketball

Freshman Grace McRae drives to the basket through two Indiana State defenders in the Panthers’ 77-70 win over Indiana State Nov.3 in Lantz Arena. McRae finished with 5 points.

Kaitlin Cordes, Women's Basketball Reporter

January 9, 2018

The Eastern women’s basketball team is without senior guard Grace Lennox and junior guard Carmen Tellez because of injury. Without the team’s leading scorer and one of the squad’s biggest rebounders, the underclassmen need to step up to salvage what’s left of the season. The Panthers were ha...

Slow start sinks Panthers against Eastern Kentucky

Eastern freshman Grace McRae tries for a layup underneath the basket at Lantz Arena against Bradley on Dec. 5. She had five points and five rebounds in the loss for the Panthers.

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor

January 7, 2018

A meager four-point first quarter was too much for the Eastern women’s basketball to overcome as the Panthers were handed their 12th straight loss Saturday against Eastern Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky outscored the Panthers 22-4 to open the game, and that 18-point margin proved to be detrimental to Eas...

Eastern to have telling game on road

Eastern forward Grace McRae protects the ball from a Northern Illinois defender in the Panther 93-64 loss to the Huskies Nov. 10. McRae is averaging 6.6 points per game this season for Eastern.

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor

December 7, 2017

Something has to give for the Eastern women’s basketball team. The team is currently riding a four-game losing streak where they seem to be a different team, not only game-by-game, but quarter-by-quarter. At times, the Panthers look like a team that can compete with anyone, for example in the second quarter...

Panthers need more aggression defensively

Grace Lennox cuts into the lane before converting on the layup in the Panthers’ 67-52 loss to Bradley Tuesday night in Lantz Arena. Lennox had 19 points in the loss.

Kaitlin Cordes, Women's Basketball Reporter

December 5, 2017

Eastern women’s basketball senior forward Jalisha Smith played an aggressive game Tuesday night in the Panthers’ 67-52 loss to Bradley. Although Smith was not a top scorer for Eastern, she snatched some big steals, one resulting in a made three by freshman guard Taylor Steele. Smith pulled out three ...

Eastern starts sluggish, loses 67-52

Sophomore Danielle Berry drives to the basket in the Panthers’ 67-52 loss to Bradley Tuesday in Lantz Arena. Berry had five points and five steals in the loss.

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor

December 5, 2017

Poor shooting early in the game had the Eastern women’s basketball team trying to dig itself out of an early hole that proved too deep to climb out of. The Panthers shot 18 percent from the field in the first quarter in their 67-52 loss to Bradley Tuesday night at Lantz Arena, in a game where East...

Women’s basketball a force at home

Eastern women’s basketball team head coach Matt Bollant talks to the team after Eastern defeated Indiana State Nov. 3. The Panthers are 1-5.

Kaitlin Cordes, Women's Basketball Reporter

November 29, 2017

With two exhibition wins followed by five losses and just one win, it would be easy to assume the Eastern women’s basketball team will make a repeat of past seasons. However, this may not be the case. The Panthers’ first regular season win came over Evansville 79-52. Senior guard Grace Lennox once ag...

Cleveland State beats Panthers 77-69

Eastern freshman Taylor Steele guards a Northern Illinois player in the Panthers’ 93-64 loss to the Huskies Nov. 10 at Lantz Arena. Steele had nine points off the bench for the Panthers Tuesday night in the teams 77-69 loss to Cleveland State.

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor

November 28, 2017

The one thing the Eastern women’s basketball team had in mind coming into its match with Cleveland State Tuesday night was to play better on offense than they did in its weekend loss against Delaware. The Panthers did just that, improving significantly from their last game, in a game coach Matt Bolla...

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