LA GRANDE — The Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team got back on track Friday after a three-game losing streak, routing Evergreen State College 88-63, then surviving a scare Saturday from Northwest University before holding on for an 85-80 win.
The Mountaineers scored just eight seconds into the game in Friday's win and never trailed, opening on a 10-2 run and closing out the first quarter on an 11-0 run to take a 23-10 lead. Eastern never led by fewer than 11 points the rest of the way and had as much as a 36-point margin.
Megan Still led five players in double figures with 22 points. Taylor Stricklin added 14 points, Whitney Meier and Rachel Fielder each scored 13 points, and Kylie Smith added 10 points.
EOU also was improved from 3-point range, going 12-for-30 and getting three treys apiece from Stricklin, Meier and Jane Nelson.
EOU also got a record-tying effort from guard Emma Logan, who had 14 assists to tie the program mark set by Whitney Leman in December of 2006.
The Mountaineers had to work much harder Saturday, scratching out a win against the Eagles in the final moments.
EOU used an 8-0 run to take a 70-61 lead with 5:42 to play on a field goal by Fielder. Northwest scored the next 11 points to go ahead 72-70 on Shelaine Lorenz's field goal with 3:18 remaining. The teams traded the lead back and forth before Fielder scored to put EOU ahead 77-76 with 1:15 to go, and Nelson hit a clutch 3-pointer with 35 seconds to play for a four-point lead. Eastern hit five free throws in the final 26 seconds to hold on.
Nelson led five Mountaineers in double figures with 18 points. Meier had 15 points and hit five 3-pointers, Fielder had 14 points, Still scored 12, and Logan added 11.
Eastern (11-7 overall, 5-3 Cascade Collegiate Conference) visits College of Idaho Wednesday.
EOU men split road trip
The Eastern Oregon University men’s basketball team split its road trip to Evergreen State College and Northwest University, claiming an 83-80 win Friday over Evergreen but seeing a comeback attempt Saturday against Northwest fall short in a 72-68 loss.
Jarek Schetzle had a monster game in Friday's win, scoring 29 points on 14-of-16 shooting and also collecting 14 rebounds. Max McCullough and Landon Jones had 16 points apiece, and Josh Brown added 12 points. EOU’s starters combined for 80 of the team's 83 points.
The Mountaineers scored the last 11 points of the first half to take a 44-41 lead into the break on a 3-pointer by Jamal Heckard, then built as much as a 10-point second-half lead on a field goal by Schetzle with 12:49 to play.
The Geoducks evened the score twice late, including at 69-69 on a Raven Frazier field goal with four minutes to go, but McCullough scored the next seven for EOU to help push the lead to 76-71 with 2:37 left, and Brown hit a clutch 3-pointer with 41 seconds to go to make it 79-73. EOU finished the win off at the free-throw line.
On Saturday, Eastern fell behind by as much as 17 in the first half and trailed 45-31 at the break, but rallied in the second half to give itself a chance to knock off the Eagles.
EOU, though, never grabbed the lead in the second half. The Mountaineers pulled to within two points on numerous occasions and got as close as 62-61 on a McCullough 3-pointer with 5:21 to play.
But the Eagles responded with an 8-1 run to take a 70-62 lead on Ryan Ricks’ field goal with 1:48 to play. Jones capped a 6-0 run with two free throws to make it 70-68 with 43 seconds remaining, but Northwest’s Christian Hakilimali scored with 16 seconds to play to ice the game.
Schetzle again led EOU with 21 points and 13 rebounds. McCullough scored 17 points, and Jones had 16 points and 11 boards.
The Mountaineers got little production from their bench over the weekend, as the starters scored all but five points in the two games combined.
Eastern (9-8 overall, 3-5 Cascade Collegiate Conference) visits College of Idaho Wednesday.