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The Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team will try to keep the smiles going at home by extending its 31 game home winning streak against Northwest Christian University at 5:30 p.m. tonight. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
The Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team will try to keep the smiles going at home by extending its 31 game home winning streak against Northwest Christian University at 5:30 p.m. tonight. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

EOU tries to extend three streaks this weekend when Northwest Christian and Corban come to Quinn

No one is going up through the quad and into the gymnasium at Eastern Oregon University —  all the streaking is being done in Quinn Coliseum. 

The women’s team has won five straight games, as the Mountaineers prepare to host Northwest Christian University Friday and Corban University Saturday. That’s the littlest streak EOU will be hoping to extend. The Mountaineers have won 31 straight games at home, and 28 consecutive Cascade Collegiate Conference games. Despite a win against College of Idaho, 85-83, last time out, EOU dropped one spot, to No. 14 in the NAIA Division II polls.

Brittney Newcomb continues to be the driving force on offense, scoring 33 points against College of Idaho the last time out for the Mountaineers. Newcomb is averaging 24.4 points per game, which is third in NAIA Division II. EOU is averaging 80.5 points per game this season, ranked eighth with 8.2 made 3-point shots per game. Kassy Larson had her best game of the season against the Yotes, picking up season-highs in scoring and rebounds, with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Northwest Christian comes into the game at 5:30 p.m. tonight with a 5-10 overall record, and 2-5 in conference play. However, the Beacons enter the game on a two-game winning streak, defeating Concordia, 74-71, and Warner Pacific, 77-68, last time out. Hannah Frederick leads Northwest Christian in points per game (11.8), assists (4.5) and steals (1.9). Andrea Gloss is averaging 10.9 points per game. As a team the Beacons average 65.8 points per game, while allowing 74.3 points per game.

Corban will travel to College of Idaho Friday before making its way up I-84 Saturday. The Warriors head into the weekend slate with an 11-8 overall record and are 6-1 in conference play. Tara Vanweerduizen leads the team with a 13.1 points per game average, and also brings in double figures in rebounds per game with 10.2. As a team Corban averages 62.2 points per game while allowing 63.4 points per game. Last time out the Warriors defeated Warner Pacific and Concordia, extending their winning streak to three games.


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