EOU ready for Lady Yote Classic
In sports it’s tough to beat an opponent three times during a season. That is unless you can simply overmatch your opponent.
The Mountaineers (6-2 overall) have done that so far against Walla Walla University, winning two meetings this season.
The last meeting was the last game EOU played, a 112-44 win.
The Mountaineers and the Wolves will face off again for the third time this season Friday, in the opening round of the Lady Yote Classic at 1 p.m. in Caldwell, Idaho.
EOU, ranked 18th in the NAIA preseason poll, continues to do what has helped it win all season — play stout defense.
The Mountaineers rank fourth in the NAIA in scoring defense, allowing 56.2 points per game.
EOU also knows how to put points on the board, ranking 24th in the NAIA in scoring offense at 74 points per game.
Fueling that offense is Brittney Newcomb.
Newcomb is scoring 22 points per game this season, which would put her in the top five in the NAIA, but she is just under the minimum games required. The transfer from Weber State finished with 28 points in the last meeting against the Wolves, including a 7-of-9 performance from behind the arc. She missed the opening three games of the season waiting to be cleared to play by the NAIA.
Taylor Riley has done well with increased minutes. Riley was an important part of the bench that made a run to the national semifinals last season. Now a starter, the 5-foot-10 senior is averagng 10 points and five rebounds per game.
Walla Walla University (0-9 overall) has struggled to put points on the board this season. The Wolves have yet to score more than 50 points in a game, and are averaging 39.7 points per game this season. Their season-high came in the opening game of the season against Northwest University, a member of the CCC, a 74-47 loss. Michaela Garcia is leading the team with 12 points per game. She had success in both games against EOU, scoring 16 points in each game.