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EOU ADVANCES IN TOURNEY

PRESSURE COOKER: Eastern Oregon's Jamie Jo Cant pressures Stephanie Anderson of Warner Pacific during EOU's 78-53 win to begin the conference tournament Tuesday night. (The Observer/TONY ADAME).
PRESSURE COOKER: Eastern Oregon's Jamie Jo Cant pressures Stephanie Anderson of Warner Pacific during EOU's 78-53 win to begin the conference tournament Tuesday night. (The Observer/TONY ADAME).

Tony Adame

Staff Writer

The ways that the Eastern Oregon University women's basketball team can win games are many.

The ways to beat them, however, are not.

And when their bench plays like it did in Tuesday's 78-53 win over Warner Pacific College in the first round of the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament, it gets even harder.

"Laura (Olsen), Elise (Hawes) and Sarah (Smith) stepped it up when we needed them tonight," EOU head coach Anji Weissenfluh said of the three reserves. "You could tell Sarah was a little more relaxed out there. She played a great game."

Smith came off the bench for the Mountaineers and contributed 17 points, six rebounds, four blocks and went 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.

She also keyed a 10-2 EOU run to finish the first half by scoring eight of Eastern's points in the stretch and blocking two shots to give Eastern a 42-48 halftime lead.

"It's really important to have people who can score and get the offense going," Smith said. "But it's also important to have people who can do the little things."

To open the second half, Heidi Horobiowski scored eight straight points and Jamie Jo Cant netted the next six as the Mountaineers pushed the lead to over20.

Horobiowski finished with 20 points and Cant had 14 to go with eight rebounds and six assists.

"The first five minutes of the second half are the most important," Horobiowski said. "That's when some teams cave in."

Warner Pacific's leading scorer Angie Sun (14.6 ppg) was held to 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting and EOU outrebounded the taller Knights, 52-33, led by Andra Peterson's 10 boards.

"Warner Pacific is very aggressive," Weissenfluh said. "Our game plan was to out rebound them and get to the free-throw line at least 20 times, which we did. It was a good team effort."

EOU, the second seed in the CCC, will now host Western Baptist Friday at 7 p.m.

A semifinal win would secure EOU a spot in the NAIA National Tournament and precipitate a possible third meeting with co-conference champion Oregon Institute of Technology.

WARNER PACIFIC (53)

Frutchey 4-8 1-2 10, Sun 4-12 3-3 13, Brown 2-8 1-1 5, Stevens 2-6 1-2 5, Wells 1-5 0-0 2, Walsh 0-1 0-0 0, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0, Dinneen 2-9 0-0 5, Osborne 1-2 0-0 2, Peters 0-2 0-0 0, Wermy 2-3 0-0 6, Huntley 2-6 1-2 5. Totals 20-64 7-10 53.

EASTERN OREGON (78)

Shelton 0-2 1-2 1, Weaver 4-12 1-2 11, Peterson 0-4 0-0 0, Cant 5-12 3-3 14, Horobiowski 10-18 0-0 20, Vogler 0-0 0-0 0, Hawes 1-1 2-2 4, Sperry 1-2 0-0 2, Olsen 1-2 3-5 5, Bosch 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 2-2 0-1 4, Smith 5-10 7-7 17, Matson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-65 17-22 78.

Halftime score – EOU 42, WP 28. Three-pointers – WP 6-22 (Sun 2, Frutchey, Dinneen, Wermy 2), EOU 3-11 (Weaver 2, Cant). Total fouls – WP 19, EOU 14. Turnovers – WP 13, EOU 11. Rebounds – WP 33 (Huntley 6), EOU 52 (Peterson 10). Assists – WP 8 (Frutchey 2, Wermy 2, Huntley 2), EOU 23 (Cant 6).

 
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