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Alumni player Alyssa Garro gets the ball away from Eastern Oregon defenders Brooke Randall (34) and Korrie Bourn (14) during Saturday’s game at Quinn Coliseum. The varsity won the game 82-59. BRAD MOSHER - The Observer
The varsity needed a second-half surge to finally put away a stubborn alumni team for a 82-59 victory Saturday in Quinn Coliseum.
The latest version of the women’s basketball team found out that their predeccessors may be older — but not obsolete.
The new varsity moved out to a strong 41-28 lead by the half, but they never could quite shake off the older varsity version.
With the alums, it was Tiffany Ulmer pulling down nine defensive rebounds — the most by anyone in the game.
In the shooting department, it was Shaylee Nielsen hitting three 3s on the way to a game-high 17 points.
But the new varsity was deeper (more players) and more prolific.
Allie Nielsen and Kelsea Hurliman led the youngsters with 15 points each. While Nielsen got hers with six field goals and three free throws, Hurliman hit three of five attempts for three points, along with three two-point field goals.
Jorie Freeman and Brooke Randall each finished with eight points, while Jeni Hoffert put in seven. Chayla Jones scored six and Nyesha Joseph put in five points. Maloree Moss and Tiffany Hill each scored four, while Jessica Kramer added three.
Nikki Osbourne, Nicole Redd and Korrie Bourn each had two points, while Taylor Riley added one.
The new Mounties also dominated the boards, grabbing a 52-28 margin over the alumni. Bourn and Joseph both had seven to lead the varsity.
The varsity also had a 13-6 edge in steals and two fewer turnovers.
Ulmer had 11 points to be the only other alumni in double figures. Samantha Flett added eight points, while Laura Olsen put in seven. Four other alumni each scored four points — Tana Stickney, Kyle Miller, Cory Nelson and Ashlee Munsey.
The new varsity will start their season in earnest when they host New Hope Christian College Oct. 26 and 27.