ERIE, Pa. – Tynita White scored a career-high 14 points, but the Clarion women’s basketball team fell by a score of 73-50 on the road at Gannon on Wednesday night. The Golden Eagles (7-20, 2-19 PSAC) will close out the season this Saturday at California (Pa.).
White shot 6-of-16 from the field for 14 points, and also grabbed five rebounds in 26 minutes of action. She was joined in double-digits by Amesha Harden-Pullium, who contributed 10 points, three assists and two steals. Yasmin Lewis had six points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Gannon won the rebounding battle 46-28 and held Clarion to just 28.6 percent from the floor. The Golden Eagles briefly held the lead early in the first quarter, taking an 8-5 edge less than three minutes in thanks to two free throws from Harden-Pullium, but the Golden Knights took the lead a minute later and held it for the remainder of the game.
Clarion attempted to come back from a halftime deficit with a strong third quarter, starting with a make in the paint by Lewis off a feed from White. The Gannon lead stretched all the way to 27 points before the Golden Eagles went on an 11-1 run to end the period, starting with a three-pointer from Taylor Moltz. Harden-Pullium added a trey in transition on the next trip down the floor to make it 55-34, and Moltz drilled another with 1:48 left to cut the deficit to 18 points. White closed out the run with a make to cut the deficit to 16 points, as Clarion held Gannon without a field goal for the final 3:13 of the period.
Neely Whitehead added a three-pointer at the 9:22 mark of the fourth quarter to keep the deficit to 17 points, and Harden-Pullium pulled Clarion to within 15 points after an and-one at the 4:19 mark. Gannon recovered, though, and finished off the game on a run of their own to take the victory.