Portsmouth, Ohio – The Robert Morris Women’s Basketball team spit their two games against ranked teams in the Shawnee State Tournament on December 15th and December 16th, defeating 21st ranked Georgetown College (Ky.) 84-79 before falling to hosts and 15th ranked Shawnee State University by the score of 71-63. The Eagles, who are receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Poll, are now 10-6 on the year.
The Eagles fell behind 21st ranked Georgetown 13-7 with 14:48 left in the first half but erased that deficit to take its first lead of the game with 9:38 to go at 18-16 on a jumper by Yolanda De La Torre. RMU led by four points but Georgetown took over the last few minutes of the first half and led 34-29 at the half.
Georgetown led the game for most of the second half too but the Eagles took a 60-59 lead on another De La Torre jumper with 7:56 to play in the game. RMU stretched the lead to 66-61 but once again Georgetown came roaring back and led 72-68 with just 43 seconds to play. The Eagles kept fighting and Aubrey Sparrey scored on a lay-up with 32 seconds to go and was also fouled on the play. Sparrey nailed the free throw to make it a one-point game. RMU was forced to foul with 13 seconds left and Andrea Howard hit the first free throw but missed the second and Uniqua Hampton grabbed the rebound for RMU. The Eagles set up for the last second shot and Mary Colon nailed a game-tying jumper with one second left to send the game to overtime tied at 73-73.
Georgetown’s Andrea Howard hit a three-pointer to open the overtime period but the Eagles closed out the extra period with an 11-3 run to win 84-79. Celeste Jones led RMU in points with 18, while Uniqua Hampton scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Three other Eagles scored in double figures as Danisha Cole had 12 points, Aubrey Sparrey had 11 points, and Ashley Segers scored 10.
The Eagles played their second ranked opponent in as many days and #15 Shawnee State jumped out to a 9-0 lead to open the game. RMU battled back and tied the game at 13-13 with 12:38 left in the half but the Bears quickly went ahead 19-13, only to see the Eagles claw back again and take a 21-19 lead on a Yolanda De La Torre jump shot. RMU led by as many as three points in the first half but Shawnee State went into the locker room with a 30-29 half-time lead.
Robert Morris scored the first six points of the second half to take a 35-30 lead with 18:03 to play but the Bears took a 37-35 lead with 16:19 left, a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way. Shawnee State led by as many as 15 points in the final period behind 47.1% shooting to earn the 71-63 victory.
Ashley Segers led the Eagles with 18 points and Celeste Jones scored 14 points. Yolanda De La Torre registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
The Eagles return home to Attack Athletics on Friday, December 21st as they host the University of Saint Francis. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 P.M. and fans can listen to the game live on the Eagle Sports Network.