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Newcomb, Redd lead Mountaineers past Raiders

It was one of those nights where everything was falling for the Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team.

Brittney Newcomb and Nicole Redd were too much for No. 17 Southern Oregon University to handle during a 102-78 Mountaineers win Friday. Newcomb, a senior transfer from Weber State, finished with a game-high 30 points and dished out 13 assists. Newcomb came up two rebounds shy of a triple-double, finishing with eight rebounds. Redd converted 10-of-11 free-throw attempts, and finished with 19 points.

They’re an awesome duo,” Mountaineers head coach Anji Weissenfluh said. “They allow us to push the ball. Everyone knows that Brittney can shoot the ball, but I was proud of how well she passed tonight.”

The Mountaineers trailed 7-3 two minutes into the game, but started to find the offense after a pair of Madeline Laan free throws. EOU built a 11-point lead six minutes later on a Payton Parrish 3-pointer, and took a 63-42 lead into the half. Newcomb had 21 of her points in the opening half, to lead a scorching effort by the Mountaineers offense. EOU shot 67 percent from the field, including 9-of-14 from behind the 3-point arc.

Southern Oregon shot well, 45 percent from the floor, but couldn’t keep pace from behind the arc. The Raiders were 3-of-10 on 3-point shot in the first half.

The Mountaineers cooled down from the outside in the second half, but a steady rotation of post players kept the lead above 18 points the remainder of the game.

I think it was the best job the posts have done collectively this season,” Weissenfluh said. “It didn’t matter who we put in down low, they got the job done.”

Laan led the way in the paint with 12 points and seven rebounds. Nyesha Joseph came off the bench to score 12 points, and Kassy Larson tallied eight points and 11 rebounds.

The Mountaineers will host the Oregon Institute of Technology at 5:30 p.m. tonight.

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