By The Observer
Anji Weissenfluh is two wins from leading another Mountaineer athletic team to a national ranking.
The Eastern Oregon womens basketball coach, who coached Easterns softball teams to the national tournament in 1999 and 2000, takes her 8-1 Mountaineers back into Cascade Collegiate Conference action this weekend.
Fridays game at Quinn Coliseum features Western Baptist (10-6), and Saturdays game is against Southern Oregon (6-6). Both games start at 5:30 p.m. and lead off doubleheaders with the mens basketball team.
The next NAIA national ranking comes out Tuesday, and Eastern has already beaten eighth-ranked St. Francis (Ill.). That 62-51 win came Dec. 13 at the Las Vegas Shootout.
The Mountaineers have been led by senior Brooke Sellards, who leads the conference in scoring with 16.6 points per game and is sixth in rebounding at 7.0 per game. Eastern also has the top two assist leaders in sophomores Tricia Haddock (5.11 apg) and Jamie Jo Cant (4.22 apg).
Both Western Baptist and Southern Oregon are conference playoff contenders.
The Warriors are led by junior guard Tati Gallardo, who scores 12 points per game and is hitting 3-pointers at a 40 percent clip.
The Raiders bring junior guard Sara Marks, who averages 13.8 points per game and leads the conference with 2.8 steals per game.
Men look to rebound
Losers of three of their last seven and looking to break a three-game losing streak, the Eastern Oregon mens basketball team returns home for a pair of Cascade Collegiate Conference games Friday and Saturday.
Eastern dropped to 1-3 in conference play, 4-7 overall, after losing a pair of games last weekend by a combined 52 points.
The Mountaineers hope to reverse the trend when they host Cascade on Friday and Warner Pacific on Saturday. Both games start at about 7:30 p.m. and follow womens games.
Eastern junior Trevor Exline leads the team with 12.4 points per game, while senior point guard Jerome Toby is among the conference leaders with 59 assists.
Cascade (9-7) is led by guard Will Walker, who scores 16.2 points per game. Warner Pacifics leading scorer is sophomore forward Andrew Twiss, who scores 18.0 points per game.