Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 16, 2006) - The John Brown Golden Eagles fell to 1-4 on the season Wednesday night with a 61-43 loss to NCAA Division II Northeastern (Okla.) State in Tahlequah, Okla. Poor shooting and turnovers were contributing factors for the Golden Eagles, who continued to have a tough time finding their offensive rhythm in the early stages of this season.
Senior forward Nancy Pierre carried the Golden Eagles with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, which included connections on 5-of-6 3-point attempts. Senior forward Ashley Wettengel also reached double-figures by scoring 14 points and making 7-of-10 from the free-throw stripe.
Pierre and Wettengel could not carry the entire team on their backs, however, as John Brown only shot 29.5% from the field overall. Northeastern State, on the other hand, shot 48% for the game and was led in scoring by Monica Atilio’s 15 points and Verressa Gaston’s 12. Atilio matched Pierre’s effort, hitting 5-of-6 3-point shots herself. The Lady Reds clamped down on Pierre in the second half by allowing her only one trey and expanded their eleven-point 28-17 halftime advantage to a game-high twenty-three-point 56-33 lead with 4:40 remaining in the game.
John Brown turnovers were a common sight as Northeastern State (1-0) stretched its lead. The Golden Eagles finished the game with 19, while the Lady Reds committed 17. Northeastern State out-rebounded John Brown 35-24.
The Golden Eagles will return to play on Friday in Siloam Springs, hosting College of the Ozarks (Mo.) at 8:00 in the JBU Golden Eagles’ Classic. John Brown will then play Park (Mo.) at 3:00 on Saturday. The classic will also feature Lyon (Ark.) against Park at 6:00 on Friday and College of the Ozarks at 1:00 on Saturday.