Mounties soar past Eagles, 88-54

By Casey Kellas, The Observer December 24, 2012 09:30 am

EOU’s Jorie Freeman had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Mountaineers’ 88-54  victory over Northwest University Saturday night at Quinn Coliseum. CASEY KELLAS/The Observer
EOU’s Jorie Freeman had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Mountaineers’ 88-54 victory over Northwest University Saturday night at Quinn Coliseum. CASEY KELLAS/The Observer

The ninth-ranked Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team upped its win streak to nine games with its most lop-sided Cascade Collegiate Conference victory Saturday. The Mountaineers ran away from visiting Northwest University for an 88-54 win to improve to 15-2 overall and 6-0 in the CCC.

“We set some goals. Some very specific, attainable goals,” coach Anji Weissenfluh said.  

“I’ll be honest, there was some rewards connected to those, so they were pretty fired up the whole game. They took care of business, so it might be easier when they get back from break.”

Eastern started off a little slow, falling into a 6-2 hole early on. A three-pointer by Brooke Randall four minutes into the game was the Mounties’ first field goal. A Korrie Bourn jumper at the 14:33 mark gave EOU its first lead at 10-8.

And that’s when Eastern started to heat up.

Leading 17-16, Eastern Oregon went on an 11-0 run to make it 28-16 with 6:42 left in the half. An 8-0 run a little bit later stretched the lead to 44-26 before the Mountaineers took a 47-28 lead to halftime.

But it was the start of the second half where EOU did its most damage.

The Mounties came out after halftime and went on a 26-6 run to make it a 73-34 lead with 11:26 to play.

“We talked about stopping their penetration,” Weissenfluh said about her halftime adjustments. “We switched to a zone. We thought it they’re going to beat us, they gotta beat us from the outside.”

Northwest never got going from the outside and EOU upped its lead to 45 points at 84-39 before Weissenfluh went deep to her bench.

The Mountaineers were led by Randall with 23 points. She also dished out five assists and three rebounds. Kelsea Hurliman added 13 points, Chayla Jones scored 11 and Jorie Freeman put up a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“We went to a bigger lineup when we went to the zone so we could rebound. And we rebounded in the second half,” Weissenfluh said after EOU outrebounded Northwest 56-37. 

The Mountaineers finished with 24 offensive rebounds.

“We dominated the boards. That’s what we talked about at halftime. Dominate the boards, give us an opportunity to increase our lead and just take it one possession at a time.”

Sanda Milovic led the Eagles with 16 points and nine rebounds. 

Domi Mendezona added nine points, and both Jordan Asher and Alyssa Dario scored seven.

Eastern finished the game shooting 41.9 percent from the field and hit 13 of 31 three-pointers. 

Northwest shot 28.4 percent from the field and hit just seven of 35 three-pointers.

“I was just proud they were ready to play. Sometimes you might be looking toward the break. 

“You might want to get a game over. We went out and played the game,” Weissenfluh said. 

“I thought we made a good statement.”

The Mountaineers are the only undefeated team in CCC play at 6-0. College of Idaho is 5-1 and Oregon Tech is 4-2. 

EOU has some time off before returning to the court.

Eastern travels to play Northwest Christian Jan. 4 in Eugene. 

The Mounties’ next home game is Jan. 12 against Walla Walla University.

EOU 66, TESC 45

EOU defeated visiting Evergreen State College, 66-45 Friday at Quinn Coliseum.

Eastern (14-2, 5-0 CCC) was led by Kelsea Hurliman with 15 points and four rebounds. 

Brooke Randall and Tina Miller contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively, while Jorie Freeman finished with eight points, six rebounds and a game-high seven blocks.

Sammi Clark led Evergreen (2-5, 2-5 CCC) with 17 points and three assists. 

Teammate Danielle Swain nearly missed out on a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.