Mountaineer women trounce Warner Pacific, 84-59

Written by Casey Kellas, The Observer December 03, 2012 03:01 pm

EOU’s Nicole Redd scored 17 points and dished out six assists in the Mountaineers’ 84-59 victory over Warner Pacific Saturday night at Quinn Coliseum. CASEY KELLAS - The Observer
EOU’s Nicole Redd scored 17 points and dished out six assists in the Mountaineers’ 84-59 victory over Warner Pacific Saturday night at Quinn Coliseum. CASEY KELLAS - The Observer

The Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team put on a shooting clinic Saturday night against visiting Warner Pacific.

The No. 10-ranked Mountaineers drained 13 three-pointers and shot 50 percent from the field in an 84-59 victory.

“We’ve been struggling offensively before this weekend, and the girls put in some extra work outside of practice and it paid off,” head coach Anji Weissenfluh said.

“We’re shooting with confidence. We knocked down some shots that we haven’t knocked down all year. I’m really pleased.”

EOU was hot from the start, jumping out to a 17-4 lead and stretching it to 27-10 with 8:07 left in the first half.

The Mountaineers shot 47 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and connected on nine of 17 three-pointers while taking a 43-20 lead into halftime.

“From the start there was no doubt they came ready to play,” Weissenfluh said. 

Eastern Oregon continued to add to its lead in the second half, stretching it to 42 points at 80-38 with 6:24 remaining.

With Weissenfluh going deep into her bench, the Knights closed the game on a 21-4 run but the outcome was never in doubt as the Mountaineers improved to 9-2 overall.

Kelsea Hurliman had a game-high 23 points while hitting on seven of 10 three-pointers. Nicole Redd added 17 points and dished out six assists.

Korrie Bourn, Brooke Randall and Nikki Osborne all scored eight points, and Chayla Jones chipped in six.

Chelsey Christensen led Warner Pacific with 14 points and six rebounds.

“It’s amazing what confidence can do for you and your execution. We have a lot of kids believing in themselves. I thought it was a complete and total team effort tonight,” Weissenfluh said.

With the win the Mountaineers are now 2-0 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, while Warner Pacific drops to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the CCC.

“We have a big bull’s-eye on us. People are going to be aiming for us. We know we’re a quality team and we have a long way to go. But we take one game at a time, especially at home. You have to protect home court because this conference is tough on the road.

“You gotta do your job at home, and I thought we set the tone for conference play this weekend,” Weissenfluh said.

EOU has two non-conference games next on its schedule. The Mountaineers face Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) in Walla Walla Saturday before hosting Whitworth College Sunday at 5 p.m. at Quinn Coliseum.

Mounties topple Cavs

EOU defeated Concordia University 75-51 Friday.

Randall led all scorers with 15 points. 

She also had three assists and two rebounds. Hurlimann chipped in 10 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Malori Dixon led the Cavaliers in scoring with 12 points and grabbed four rebounds, while Taylor Schaller added nine points, hitting three of four from behind the arc.

The Mountaineers led at half 46-28, shooting 55 percent (20-of-36) from the field and 44 percent (four of nine) from behind the arc. 

The Cavaliers shot 35 percent (12 of 34) from the field and only 16 percent (two of 12) from behind the three- point line.

EOU extended its lead by as much as 36 in the second half while rolling to the win.