Following a month layoff, the Screaming Eagles returned to form, beating Cazenovia 63-53 on Saturday.
Cheyenne Grant got the Eagles rolling early, knocking down back to back 3 pointers to give CSE a 10-3 lead. Sharolin Saunders contributed down low, scoring 8 of her 12 points in the first half. Despite the Eagles holding an early 9 point lead, the Wildcats from Cazenovia managed to hang around in the first half. The Wildcats put together a 6-0 run to cut CSE’s lead to 27-22.
The Eagles stepped up their defense in the late part of the half, holding the Wildcats to just 29.4% shooting in the first half. Kelly O’Dell dominated the boards in the first half, snatching 8 of her 14 rebounds before the break. Despite Cazenovia’s late half push, the Eagles managed to take a 38-29 lead going into halftime.
The Eagles scored the first 4 points of the second half, giving them their first double-digit lead of the game at 42-29. Danesha Triplett established herself in the second half, scoring 9 of her 14 points in the second half. Cheyenne continued her hot shooting from outside, adding 2 more 3 pointers to finish the game with 17 points. The Wildcats managed to close the gap to 4 halfway through the second half. The Eagles, however, stepped up their defense forcing 12 second half turnovers. Despite the teams trading buckets, the Eagles held a 59-50 lead with just under 2 minutes remaining in the game. A late steal by Alivia Roseboro, followed by 2 clutch free throws, clinched the game for the Eagles.
CSE improves to 6-4 on the year including 3-1 in the NEAC. The Eagles return to action on Tuesday for another conference game when they host Penn St. Abington at 7 P.M.