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EOUís Jorie Freeman scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds in a 83-40 win over New Hope Saturday. CASEY KELLAS - The Observer
The Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team lived up its ranking this weekend, as the No. 10 Mountaineers defeated New Hope Christian twice.
EOU defeated the Deacons 67-50 Friday night before dispatching them again Saturday, 83-40.
“I thought our intensity throughout was better than (Friday),” coach Anji Weissenfluh said after Saturday’s win.
“I thought we had some great individual performances. It’s early, we have some kinks to work out, especially on the defensive end, but I thought we did what we were capable of doing.”
The Mountaineers used a fast-paced approach to jump out to a 43-24 first-half lead.
The Deacons started the second half on a 6-0 run, but after Weissenfluh challenged her defense the Mountaineers locked New Hope down the rest of the game, allowing only 10 points to get the runaway victory.
“I think we’re the best when we can run,” the coach said of her team’s 28 fast-break points. “I think any time we can get out and play in the open court it gives us options. We have to push the ball, that’s our strength.”
EOU was also busy on the defensive end, forcing the Deacons to turn the ball over 26 times in the game.
“I don’t want to be critical at this stage, but defensively we have to get a lot better. Yes, we forced some turnovers. I think Korrie (Bourne) did a great job defensively. Individually we had some good defense, but as a team, that’s an area where we have to get better,” Weissenfluh said.
Nicole Redd led EOU with 19 points, while Bourne filled up the stat sheet.
She had 11 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Jorie Freeman added 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Deacons were lead by Deanna Tupai with 10 points and five rebounds. Chelsea Dyson added eight points, six rebounds and four assists.
EOU shot 43 percent from the field and outrebounded NHC 50-33.
Thirteen different players saw the court for the Mountaineers and 12 got in the scoring column.
“Great kids, great character. They’re a lot of fun. We’re picking up where we left off in that category,” the coach said of the team’s chemistry.
Eastern will travel to Walla Walla University next week on Oct. 31. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at EOUsports.com.
The Mountaineers will then travel to Spokane for an exhibition game against Gonzaga Saturday.