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Nyesha Joseph and the Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team will try to extend its 32-game winning streak at 5:30 p.m. tonight.
EOU looks to extend home winning streak
Records were made to be broken, and streaks don’t last forever. The most important thing is to finish first, and the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers women’s basketball team is in the driver’s seat.
The Mountaineers (18-5 overall, 10-1 CCC) return home from a 1-1 road trip to Klamath Falls and Ashland with a three-game cushion in the Cascade Collegiate Conference standings, but a little less baggage. EOU had its streak of 29 straight conference wins snapped against Oregon Tech, a 58-50 loss Friday. Against Southern Oregon it was back to business with a 89-80 comeback win against the Raiders Saturday. The Mountaineers rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to maybe start a new streak.
Still, an impressive run at Quinn Coliseum lives on. The Mountaineers have won 32 straight on their home court, and it will be up to Warner Pacific to try and break that mark tonight.
The Knights snapped a six-game losing streak in their last game, a 75-62 win against Concordia. Warner Pacific (6-13 overall, 2-8 CCC) is ninth in the conference in scoring, and last in field goal percentage. The Knights, led by Jordan Wilcox, average 63 points per game. Of those points, 9.9 per game come from the junior guard. Janelle Weis and Ali Campbell average 9.7 and 9.5 points per game, respectively. In the last meeting in Portland Jan. 4, the Mountaineers came away with an 86-53 win. Wilcox had 17 points in the game on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. Brittney Newcomb led EOU with 27 points, while Kassy Larson added 17 points.
If Warner Pacific can’t get the job done, then it falls onto the shoulders of Concordia. The Cavaliers are in the basement of the conference standings with a 1-9 record, and are 4-18 overall. Concordia broke up a six-game losing streak with a non-conference win against New Hope Christian University Friday, but dropped its next conference game against Warner Pacific 75-62 Saturday. While the offense ranks seventh in the conference, scoring 65.7 points per game, the defense is last, allowing 76.5 points per game. Caitlyn McCutcheon leads the team averaging 12.6 points per game, while Lexi Campbell scores 11.7 points per game. In the last meeting, EOU won 80-64 Jan. 3. Kelly Huey led the Cavaliers with 13 points. McCutcheon and Campbell combined to shoot 4-of-19 from the field in the game. The Mountaineers had four players in double figures, led by Newcomb with 19 points. Larson added 17 points off the bench.
With senior guard Brittney Newcomb in a mid-season shooting slump, the Mountaineers have used their depth to win games. Newcomb still scored 30 points the last time out for EOU during the win against the Raiders. But, it was her fourth game in a row shooting less than 30 percent from the floor. Nicole Redd has helped pick up some of the slack, and the bench is playing a bigger role in the scoring. Larson, Kelsey Hill and Payton Parish have stepped up in different games to fill the void left in the scoring column.