Northeastern St. Drops JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 26, 2005) — Poor outside shooting cost the John Brown Golden Eagles heavily in a 53-36 loss to Northeastern State (Okla.) Saturday in Siloam Springs. While the Golden Eagles made just 2 of 21 3-point attempts, the Lady Reds made 7 of 17 and rose from a 17-17 halftime tie to collect the victory.

Defense was the theme of the first half as John Brown shot 38% from the field, and Northeastern State shot 30 %. The Lady Reds led just 8-0 after nine minutes of play. John Brown then launched an 11-2 run to take the lead with 6:39 remaining in the first half. Things slowed down again, however, as the lead changed twice before the half ended in a tie.

The Lady Reds found their outside shooting touch in the second half with five treys, three of them by Monica Atilio and two by Charlotte Dikeman. Northeastern State held a 35-22 lead with 11:03 remaining when John Brown’s Lesli Fanning nailed a 3-pointer. A fast-break layup and a free throw by Nancy Pierre pulled John Brown within seven, and a jumper later by Kendra McCormick brought them within six, but the Golden Eagles would never get closer.

McCormick led the Golden Eagles (4-3) in scoring with 12 points, and Pierre scored 9. Verressa Gaston scored 15 points for the Lady Reds (3-1), and Dikeman added 10. Atilio contributed 9 points.

John Brown hosts Lyon (Ark.) Thursday at 6:00.