Observer staff

The eighth-ranked Eastern Oregon women’s basketball team cruised to a pair of Cascade Collegiate Conference victories, topping both Southern Oregon and Oregon Tech in its CCC-opening road trip.


EOU 81, SOU 68: Maya Ah You-Dias record a triple-double with 12 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists, Maren Herrud scored 26 points and the Mountaineers led by as much as 30 points in handing the No. 12 Raiders their first loss.

Five players reached double figures for Eastern, which never trailed. Stormee Van Belle added 16 points, Jessica Sexson had 11 and Mariah Swanson chipped in with 10 points. Reece Bauer added nine asists. Eastern tallied 26 assists on 31 made field goals, and had a 44-32 rebounding edge.

EOU shot 55 percent from the field, with Herrud leading the way shooting 11-for-15.


EOU 78, OIT 55: Ah You Dias went off for 31 points and hit seven 3-pointers, and Eastern pulled away in the second half to rout the Owls.

Van Belle added 21 points and eight rebounds, and Bauer scored 10 points and dished out six assists.

EOU (8-2 overall, 2-0 CCC) led just 36-32 at the break before blowing the game open by holding the Owls to just 23 second-half points. EOU also shot 14-for 25 from 3-point range.

Men drop two on road

The EOU men weren’t as fortunate on their opening CCC trip, falling to both the Raiders and the Owls.


SOU 84, EOU 71: The 13th-ranked Raiders took the lead for good midway through the first half, then pushed the lead to 15 points in the second half as they handed the Mountaineers their first loss.

Blake O’Donnell socred 18 points to lead Eastern. Max McCullough added 14 points and 10 assists, Jordan May had 13 and Cole Ashby scored 10 points.

But the Mountaineers shot just 41 percent, and were 4-for-20 from beyond the arc.


OIT 72, EOU 60: McCullough scored a game-high 26 points, but Eastern had another rough day from 3-point land and was unable to erase a 16-point halftime deficit against No. 22 Oregon Tech.

The Mountaineers shot just 40 percent, and hit just 5-of-24 3-pointers. OIT was no better at just 4-for-20 from deep, but the Owls had a 40-29 rebound edge and shot 47 percent.

May added 13 points for the Mountaineers (8-2 overall, 0-2 CCC), but was the only other Eastern player to reach double figures.