EOU falls to Raiders in tourney semifinals
The Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team had its season come to an end on an off-shooting night in the second half.
The Southern Oregon University Raiders shot 49 percent from the floor for the game during an 80-62 win against the Mountaineers in the semifinals of the conference tournament Friday.
While the Raiders stayed consistent throughout the night EOU cooled off in the second half. The Mountaineers opened the game shooting 41 percent. But, that mark dropped to 28 percent over the final 20 minutes of play.
The struggles continued for EOU from behind the arc, shooting 5-of-23 during the game. SOU opted to pound the paint, outscoring the Mountaineers 60-42 in the post.
SOU Sophomore forward Carly Meister went 11-of-15 from the field en route to a double double. She finished with a team-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Allison Gida, a 5-foot-10 guard, used her height against the smaller EOU perimeter players to score 20 points. Gida also added 10 rebounds. Kristen Schoenherr also finished with a double double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Raiders owned the glass outrebounding the EOU 51-37. SOU’s made the most of its 14 offensive rebounds converting those into 19 second-chance points. The Mountaineers did well on the offensive glass, grabbing 13 rebounds, but only came away with six second-chance points.
Brittney Newcomb led all scorers with 29 points. Kassy Larson followed for EOU with 10 points.
Trailing by eight points with 7:11 left in the first half, EOU mounted a comeback against the Raiders. Madeline Laan cut the lead down to one, 33-32, with 4:39 left in the half. However, the Raiders answered by closing the half on an 8-2 run to take a seven point lead, 41-34, at halftime.
After trimming it to nine points, the Raiders pushed the lead back to double figures, and the Mountaineers had no answer.
EOU will wait and see when it plays next. The bracket for the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship will be released at 5 p.m. Wednesday.