EASTERN WOMEN CLUTCH - AGAIN

January 14, 2004 12:00 am
EASTERN SUPERSUB: Michelle Kinley had her usual solid game for the Mountaineers Tuesday, coming off the bench to score       10 points, picking up three steals and shooting a perfect 4-for-4 on her free throws. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
EASTERN SUPERSUB: Michelle Kinley had her usual solid game for the Mountaineers Tuesday, coming off the bench to score 10 points, picking up three steals and shooting a perfect 4-for-4 on her free throws. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

SALEM — The Eastern Oregon women hit the right shots at the right time in their thrilling 74-71 overtime basketball victory over Western Baptist Tuesday.

Eastern's Tricia Haddock hit her only field goal — a 3-pointer — with 4.3 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

"She picked a great time to hit one," Eastern coach Anji Weissenfluh said.

The Mountaineers (5-1 Cascade Collegiate Conference, 11-2 overall) overcame a seven-point deficit with three minutes left in regulation and outscored the Warriors 12-5 down the stretch.

Weissenfluh said Michelle Kinley played extremely well while battling foul trouble. "She came up with the big plays offensively and defensively," she said.

Kinley also had "big time" baskets as the Mountaineers rallied, Weissenfluh said.

Jamie Jo Cant's trey pulled the Mountaineers to within 61-60 with 17 seconds left. Two free throws by Western Baptist's Tosha Wilson made it 63-60 with 10.3 seconds remaining to set up Haddock's shot.

"We didn't play a real sound ball game," Weissenfluh said. "We didn't shoot the ball well."

But, she said the Mountaineers kept the score close and did not give up.

The Warriors (8-8, 2-4) scored the first two baskets in overtime, but Cant's third trey put the Mountaineers ahead for good at 70-67 with 1:10 remaining — part of a 10-0 Eastern surge.

The Warriors led 32-26 at halftime.

Schaumburg's triple snapped a 46-46 tie midway through the second half as the Warriors stretched their lead to 58-51 with 3:18 remaining before Eastern came back to force overtime.

"We were very poised and confident and gave ourselves a chance to win," Weissenfluh said. "That's all you can ask."

Cant finished with 24 points and seven rebounds. Candice Davis and Kinley reached double digits with 11 and 10 points respectively. Haddock had seven assists.

Weissenfluh said Western Baptist was a tough place to play and to walk out with a win was very important.

"We wanted to go into the weekend with the momentum," Weissenfluh said.

The Mountaineers will look to extend their four-game win streak with home games against Southern Oregon Friday and No. 24 Oregon Tech Saturday. Both games start at 5:30 p.m.

— Raenelle Kwock

EOU 74, Western Baptist 71 (OT)

Eastern Oregon (74)

Tricia Haddock 1-7 2-6 5, Cory Nelson 3-7 0-0 6, Jamie Jo Cant 9-16 3-4 24, Christy Smith 3-8 0-3 6, Candice Davis 5-9 1-2 11, Christie Weaver 3-6 0-0 7, Sandy Isbell 1-4 2-2 5, Michelle Kinley 3-6 4-4 10, Ashley Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Brye Quatre, Linzi Strohm. Totals: 28-64 12-21 74.

Western Baptist (71)

Erin Plotts 3-8 0-0 6, Jessi Schaumburg 6-13 3-3 17, Lindsy Brownell 5-13 0-0 13, Toran Lundgren 4-6 3-6 11, Cassie Llewellyn 3-4 0-0 6, Tosha Wilson 3-6 2-2 9, Sarah Hubeek 1-4 1-2 3, Christie Boorman 2-4 2-2 6, Amy Visser 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 27-59 11-15 71.

Halftime score — Western Baptist 32, Eastern Oregon 26. Three-pointers — Eastern Oregon 6-16 (Haddock 1-5, Cant 3-4, Smith 0-2, Weaver 1-2, Isbell 1-3), Western Baptist 6-19 (Plotts 0-4, Schaumburg 2-2, Brownell 3-9, Wilson 1-2, Hubeek 0-2). Fouled out — Lundgren, Llewellyn. Total fouls — Eastern Oregon 20, Western Baptist 22. Technical fouls — None. Turnovers — Eastern Oregon 17, Western Baptist 26. Rebounds — Eastern Oregon 34 (Cant 7), Western Baptist 38 (Lundgren 11). Assists — Eastern Oregon 17 (Haddock 7), Western Baptist 21 (Brownell 5).