Hawks claw Jays Women’s hoops falls to the Warhawks in season opener

Photo by Brandon De Jesus   EC sophomore Becca Gerke shoots free throws during home opener.

Photo by Brandon De Jesus

EC sophomore Becca Gerke shoots free throws during home opener.

By Brandon DeJesus, Sports Writer
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Due to some early foul trouble and an underwhelming fourth quarter, the EC women’s basketball team fell prey to the 20th ranked UW-Whitewater Warhawks by a score of 75-64 at Faganel Hall on Nov. 15. 

“I think early on in these early [season] games, you are going to get into more foul trouble,” said EC head coach Tethnie Carrillo. “We have to a better job [of] adjusting how the officials are calling everything.”

Part of the foul trouble that frustrated Carrillo began when senior guard/forward Mikaela Eppard played only eight minutes total in the first half. 

The Bluejays’ offensive struggles stood out the most when they only scored nine points total in the fourth quarter.

UW-Whitewater began the final quarter on a 15-3 run.

EC shot 3 of 11 from the field and could not cut the deficit to less than nine points for the entire quarter.

Brooke Trewyn from UW-Whitewater recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. 20 of those points came in the first half.

“[Trewyn] is a good player, she is a preseason All-American and we were not playing tight enough defense on her so we made some adjustments in the second half,” said Carrillo. “I wish we could have just stayed a little bit tighter on her in the first half not to let her go off.”

“She was a one woman show and that really hurt us,” added Carrillo.

Trewyn finished the game nine for 19 shooting with two assists, three steals, and one block.

Despite their late struggles, the Bluejays’ offense got off to a good start, led by senior guard Jasmin Bailey, who scored 10 points.

“It felt pretty good,” said Bailey about her offensive production. “I was really nervous because I have not started ever since I have been here, so just the intensity was nice and it felt good to get those 10 points and I knew I always had my team behind me to rebound or something if I shot it.”

Bailey ended the night four for 10 shooting from the field and two of seven from three point range.

The Bluejays look to bounce back from their season opening defeat as they take on Aurora