Observer staff

The No. 8 Eastern Oregon women’s basketball team broke its program record for 3-point field goals made Friday, then shattered the new mark Saturday.

Payton Parrish scored 20 points and hit six of EOU’s record 25 3-pointers in a 109-54 blowout victory at Walla Walla Saturday night in Cascade Collegiate Conference play.

Only a day earlier, the Mountaineers had connected on 19 treys in another victory over Walla Walla.

EOU was well on pace to blast that mark early Saturday, shooting 11-for-14 from 3 in the first quarter and 15-for-21 in the first half en route to a 59-21 lead at halftime.

Maren Herrud, who had 19 points, hit the record-setting 3-pointer with 3:00 to play in the third quarter. Herrud finished with five triples on the night. Maya Ah You-Dias also hit five 3s and scored 15 points, while Mariah Swanson scored 16 points and was a perfect 4-for-4 from deep. All nine players who saw the court scored for EOU. Swanson and Herrud both had a team-high six rebounds, and Jessica Sexson dished out nine assists.

EOU, in setting the 3-point mark, also nearly matched its record for best 3-point percentage in a game. The record is 66.7 percent (14-for-21) in a victory over Southern Oregon in 2007. Saturday, EOU was 25-for-38 (65.8 percent).


Eastern Oregon 101, Walla Walla 41: Maya Ah You-Dias scored 17 points to lead six players in double figures, and Eastern Oregon hit 19 3-pointers in a road beatdown of Walla Walla.

Also reaching double figures for the Mountaineers were Reece Bauer (15 points), Maren Herrud (14 points), Payton Parrish (12 points), and Kate Hogan and Mariah Swanson (11 points each). All 10 Mountaineers scored, and seven connected on 3-pointers to contribute to the record, which stood for barely more than 24 hours.

Eastern shot 54 percent from beyond the arc, and 55 percent overall. Thirteen of those 3-pointers came in the first half as Eastern scored the game’s first 10 points and raced out to a 64-28 halftime lead.

Parrish, Swanson and Jillian Albright led EOU in rebounding with six rebounds apiece as the Mountaineers had a 39-27 edge on the glass. Bauer dished out a game-high seven assists — four more than Walla Walla had as a team.

EOU (14-2 overall, 7-0 CCC) travels to Evergreen Friday.

EOU men also sweep Walla Walla

The Eastern Oregon men’s basketball team built a 22-point first-half lead against Walla Walla in Cascade Collegiate Conference play Saturday, then had to rally in the second half after that lead vanished and EOU found itself down by 10.

But rally is just what the Mountaineers did. Cole Ashby hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 25 seconds to play, and EOU ended the game on a 19-6 run for an 80-77 victory over the Wolves.

Eastern was comfortably ahead in the first half, leading by 22 points on three occasions, including 38-16 on a Garret Sawyer 3-pointer and 43-21 on a Jordan May layup. EOU went into the break ahead 45-24.

But the Wolves opened the second half on a 15-4 run to pull within nine, eventually tied the game at 57-all on an Alec Calloway 3-pointer and went on to lead 71-61 on a Calloway free throw with 5:25 to play.

Ashby started the game-ending run with a 3-pointer, and EOU inched closer at the free-throw line, and took a 76-75 lead on a Sawyer tip-in with 47 seconds left. Roy Zavala hit two free throws to put the Wolves back ahead before Ashby’s dagger.

Max McCullough finished with 23 points to lead the Mountaineers. May added 18 points and Sawyer scored nine points. Peter Hamilton added a game-high 12 rebounds for EOU. In all, nine players scored for EOU, which won despite shooting just 38 percent. Eastern, though, forced 24 Walla Walla turnovers.


Eastern Oregon 85, Walla Walla 74: Max McCullough poured in 27 points and had six assists, three other players reached double figures, and Eastern Oregon built up a 21-point lead on the way to an 85-74 victory at Walla Walla.

EOU took the lead for good midway through the first half with an 18-0 run, which McCullough started with a 3-pointer and Austin Winegar capped with a layup for a 27-16 lead. EOU went on to take a 40-24 lead at halftime, and took its largest lead at 45-24 on a Jordan May 3-pointer early in the second half.

Walla Walla briefly pulled as close as 72-63 on an Alec Calloway layup with 2:13 to play, but Cole Ashby responded with a 3-pointer for the final dagger.

Ashby finished with 16 points, and was 4-for-6 from 3-point range. He also had seven rebounds. Said Hersi added 14 points and May scored 13.

The Mountaineers (12-3 overall, 4-3 CCC) travel to Evergreen Friday.