Mounties cruise to 3-0 start, bite Wolves 84-32
WALLA WALLA — It was a bad Halloween trick for Walla Walla University Wednesday.
It was also quite a treat for the undefeated Eastern Oregon University womens basketball team.
Tenth-ranked Eastern Oregon handed Walla Walla University a decisive non-league 84-32 loss Wednesday.
The Lady Mountaineers had four players score in double figures as they jumped out to a 39-13 halftime lead.
Senior Korrie Bourn led EOU with 13 points in 20 minutes of playing time, while both Nicole Redd and Brooke Randall each finished with 12 point.s. Chayla Jones added 11 for the Mountaineers as they picked up their third victory in a row.
Maloree Moss scored nine points, while Nyesha Joseph hit for seven points and both Jorie Freeman and Nikki Osbourne put in six. Redd was perfect on her two three-point shots and with her four free throws. Bourn hit her one three-point attempt and finished perfect (two-for-two) at the free throw line.
In the second half, the visiting Mounties outscored their hosts by another 26-point margin — 45-19.
The Mountaineers had a 45-33 edge in rebounding over the winless Wolves (0-1), with Jessica Kramer leading with seven.
The Wolves were led by Dani Carlman with 11 ponts. Johanna Uribe led the hosts with seven rebounds.
“I’m really proud of the team and how unselfish they were tonight,” said head coach Anji Weissenfluh. “There was a high level of execution, solid defense and a commitment to get better. Overall we used tonight to get better as a team.”
The Mountaineers had a 45-33 edge in rebounding, while forcing the Wolves into 26 turnovers.
The Mountaineers are starting a string of road trips until Nov. 25 when Whitman College plays them in Quinn Coliseum. Eastern will travel to Spokane to play Gonzaga University Saturday at 2 p.m. A week later, they will return to Spokane for the Frontier-Cascade Red Lion Challenge, playing Montana Tech Nov. 9 and Carroll College Nov. 10.
The EOU squad will also travel to the sunshine state for away ganes with Webber International University of Babson Park, Fla. and Warner University of Lake Wales, Fla.
The Mountaineers are scheduled to play Westminster College (Utah) on Nov. 23 at Caldwell, Idaho.