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Proving ground

It wasn’t as pretty as the win the night before, but the Eastern Oregon University women’ s basketball team pulled out a 68-50 win against the Oregon Institute of Technology Saturday. 

Brittney Newcomb found a different way to meet, and pass, her season average despite hitting 1-of-6 from behind the arc. The senior went 16-of-16 from the free-throw line to finish with a game-high 29 points. 

The Mountaineers halftime score was cut in half from the night before, but they held a 31-22 lead after 20 minutes. Friday night, EOU had 63 points at the half against Southern Oregon. The Mountaineers shot 47 percent from the floor in the opening half, while the Owls shot 27 percent. 

EOU did most of its work in the second half from the free-throw line, shooting 28 percent from the floor, but went 22-of-26 from the line. 

The Mountaineers didn’t get the same production from the posts as Friday night. However, Kassy Larson continued to show why head coach Anji Weissenfluh is increasing her minutes. The 6-foot-1 junior finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. 

Nicole Redd finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Mountaineers.

Karrisa Dixon and Ashleigh Vandenbrink led the Owls in scoring, despite shooting 2-of-11 from behind the 3-point line combined. Vandenbrink had a team-high 14 points, while Dixon added 10 points. As a team, Oregon Tech shot 28 percent from the floor for the game. 

 

The 6-foot-1 junior finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. 

Nicole Redd finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for the
Mountaineers.

Karrisa Dixon and Ashleigh Vandenbrink led the Owls in scoring, despite shooting 2-of-11 from behind the 3-point line combined. Vandenbrink had a team-high 14 points, while Dixon added 10 points. As a team, Oregon Tech shot 28 percent from the floor for the game. 

The Mountaineers (12-4 overall, 4-0 CCC) will travel to Concordia for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff Friday. The Owls dropped to 14-2 overall and 2-2 in conference play. 

Friday, 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. 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,” 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.

 

 
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