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Eastern Oregonís Taylor Riley drives to the basket during the first half of Sundayís game against Whitman College. BRAD MOSHER - The Observer
Eastern Oregon women pull out overtime win after dropping second game
The Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team got back on track Sunday with a 67-58 overtime victory over visiting Whitman College at Quinn Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (7-2) trailed 27-22 at halftime but outscored the Missionaries (3-1) 28-22 in the second half to send the game to an extra period.
In the overtime session, Eastern Oregon used a 17-8 spurt behind four of five shooting and nine free throws to separate itself and pull out the victory.
Kelsie Hurliman and Jorie Freeman led the Mountaineers with 15 points each.
Freeman grabbed seven rebounds and Hurliman finished with four.
Nicole Redd put in 13 points while dishing out four assists.
Brooke Randall added 12 points and pulled down six rebounds.
Sarah Anderegg and Heather Lovelace both led Whitman with 14 points each.
Meghan White had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Whitman College shot 34 percent (23-67) from the field and hit just one of 20 three-pointers.
The Mountaineers finished shooting 33 percent from the field and knocked down five of 19 shots from deep.
EOU clipped by Griffins
CALDWELL, Idaho — Eastern Oregon took on Westminster College (Utah) Friday but fell 60-59.
The Griffins (5-1), ranked No. 5 in the NAIA Division I, came back from a five-point second half deficit to defeat the NAIA Division II No. 10-ranked Mountaineers (6-2).
In the first half the Mountaineers led by as much as six points with 3:49 left, but a couple of quick baskets by the Griffins cut Eastern’s lead to just a basket going into the half, 27-25.
Two minutes into the second half the two teams were tied at 28-28 before Westminster took the lead by four. EOU then worked to close the small gap and regain control.
Eastern extended its lead by as much as six. The Griffins didn’t give up, forcing a tie twice before taking the lead by one with just 39 seconds left and ending the game, giving EOU its second loss of the season.
Randall had 18 points to lead Eastern, and Hurliman added 12.
Allie Eastman led Westminster with 20 points. Teammates Nicole Yazzie contributed with 15 points and Cydney Tibbetts added 14 points and eight rebounds.
Eastern Oregon will be back in action Friday when it hosts Concordia at 5:30 p.m. for the start of Cascade Collegiate Conference play.
It hosts Warner Pacific Saturday.
Concordia is 4-0 this season and is coming off a 82-76 victory over Simpson College Tuesday in Redding, Calif.
The Cavs also have victories over William Jessup, Willamette and New Hope Christian.
They will host Lewis and Clark College Tuesday.
Warner Pacific is currently 2-2 on the season.
The Lady Knights fell to Lewis and Clark 74-55 last week.
They have wins over New Hope Christian and University and Montana Western, with their other loss coming to Rocky Mountain College.
In other news around the CCC this weekend, Evergreen State (0-1) fell to Western Washington 66-54, Oregon Tech (6-2) defeated Lewis-Clark State 68-65, Corban (3-5) lost to Western Oregon 75-66, Northwest (0-5) lost to Whitman 66-53, Westminster dropped the College of Idaho (4-3) 65-39 and Southern Oregon (7-1) lost its first game to Puget Sound 93-81.