EOU WOMEN REMAIN IN 1ST PLACE

February 11, 2002 12:00 am

SALEM With first place in the Cascade Collegiate Conference at stake Saturday, the Eastern Oregon Mountaineer women had their finest road victory of the season, a 76-64 victory over Western Baptist.

Julie Coffin had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Jamie Jo Cant scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead 13th-ranked Easterns win.

Eastern (19-3 overall, 12-2 conference) trailed by seven at halftime but forced the Warriors into 29 percent shooting in the second half.

The Mountaineers, ranked 13th nationally, held a huge advantage at the free throw line, turning 35 Warrior fouls into 33-for-50 shooting at the line.

We pounded the ball inside, and Julie Coffin, she really carried us on her back, Eastern coach Anji Weissenfluh said. She really stepped up rebounding-wise and offensively. She got us back in the game.

Eastern had a 65-62 lead with three minutes to play, but Western Baptist (21-10, 11-4, 23rd nationally) would get just two free throws the rest of the way. Easterns final 11 points came at the line.

Southern Oregon used its 83-72 win Saturday over Albertson to move into second place in the conference, a game behind Eastern at 11-3.

The Mountaineers can clinch a share of the conference title with a win in one of its two remaining games.

Eastern plays fifth-place Concordia Friday and seventh-place Cascade Saturday at Quinn Coliseum.

EASTERN OREGON (76)

Haddock 2-6 10-12 14, Cant 3-8 4-8 12, Sellards 2-9 5-5 9, R.Stockman 3-5 1-2 8, Coffin 6-11 12-16 24, LiaBraaten 0-1 0-0 0, Epeldi 2-5 1-7 5, Dianda 2-3 0-0 4. Totals: 20-48 33-50 76.

WESTERN BAPTIST (64)

Ward 6-17 5-7 19, Schmidgall 4-16 1-2 9, Gallardo 3-6 0-0 6, Born 3-11 0-0 8, Villwock 1-3 0-0 2, Haws, Hinkle 2-9 0-0 5, Dickman 0-1 0-1 0, Holmes, Williams 0-1 1-2 1, Schneider 0-1 2-2 2, Lundgren 3-5 0-3 6, Llewellyn 3-4 0-0 6. Totals: 25-74 9-17 64.

Halftime score Western Baptist 38, Eastern Oregon 31. Three-pointers Eastern Oregon 3-13 (Haddock 0-3, Cant 2-4, Sellards 0-4, R.Stockman 1-2), Western Baptist 5-32 (Ward 2-9, Schmidgall 0-5, Gallardo 0-1, Born 2-7, Hinkle 1-8, Dickman 0-1, Williams 0-1). Fouled out Sellards, Schmidgall, Lundgren. Total fouls Eastern Oregon 18, Western Baptist 35. Technical fouls None. Turnovers Eastern Oregon 22, Western Baptist 21. Rebounds Eastern Oregon 43 (Coffin 14, Cant 11), Western Baptist 46 (Schmidgall 11). Assists Eastern Oregon 10 (Haddock 4), Western Baptist 13 (Born 4).