The No. 7 Eastern Oregon women’s basketball team went 1-1 over the weekend, knocking off Lewis-Clark State College, the No. 2 team in NAIA Division I, 54-49, Friday, before falling to Montana Tech, 71-67, Saturday. Both games were in Lewiston, Idaho.
Payton Parrish scored 15 points and hit five 3-pointers, Stormee Van Belle added 13 points and nine rebounds to lead EOU past the previously unbeaten Warriors.
Mariah Swanson added 10 points and seven boards as EOU jumped out to an 11-point first-quarter lead, then staved off every rally by the Warriors.
EOU didn’t trail, marking the fourth straight game the Mountaineers have led throughout, and outrebounded the Warriors, 43-39. Maya Ah You-Dias, despite scoring just two points, pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Reece Bauer added six rebounds and eight assists for the Mountaineers, who shot just 21-for-66 from the field. EOU also off from deep, connecting on just 10-of-33 3s.
But LCSC, which saw a 23-game home winning streak snapped, also struggled, hitting just 19-for-59 from the field and 4-of-25 from beyond the arc. Lauren Johnson led the Warriors with 14 points. LCSC was also playing without starter and preseason Frontier Conference player of the year Brittany Tackett.
The Mountaineers let a one-point fourth-quarter lead slip away as they dropped a back-and-forth contest to the Orediggers, who moved to 7-0.
Van Belle and An You-Dias led the way with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Ah You-Dias added seven rebounds and three assists, and Parrish scored nine points, hitting three 3-pointers.
Eastern went into the fourth quarter with a 51-50 lead, but Montana Tech took the lead for good on a Shay Potter jumper with 4:04 to play.
Kourtney Coverdell scored 23 points to lead the Orediggers. Potter and Hailey Crawford each added 10.
EOU (4-1 overall) hosts Whitman College Wednesday.