WALLA WALLA — Whitney Meier hit five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points to lead 12 players in scoring Saturday as the Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team breezed past Walla Walla in a road contest in Cascade Collegiate Conference play, 96-55.

Meier was one of three players in double figures for the Mountaineers, with Megan Still scoring 14 points and Tywanna Abbott adding 12 points. 

The Mountaineers never trailed Saturday, and never led by fewer than 10 points after Meier’s first 3-pointer of the game gave Eastern a 21-9 lead late in the first quarter. EOU went on to lead by as many as 43 points in yet another blowout win over the Wolves.

EOU, which shot 55% for the game, hit 13 treys and owned a 52-21 rebounding advantage, with Jill Albright grabbing 10 boards to lead the way.

Sunday’s contest against Walla Walla was a much tighter battle, but EOU came away with a 67-58 win behind 21 points behind Taylor Stricklin. 

Stricklin hit five 3-pointers and added 10 rebounds for Eastern, which hit 12 more 3-pointers in the win.

Jane Nelson finished with 12 points and Still added 10 points, and the three each shot 50% from the 3-point line (Stricklin 5-for-10, Nelson 4-for-8, Still 2-for-4).

Eastern, which won its 10th in a row, trailed only once early in the game, and led by as much as 17 points in the second half. With the win, EOU moved into a tie for first place in the CCC with four games to play after Northwest Christian lost Saturday. 

EOU (19-7 overall, 13-3 CCC), which is one win away from its ninth straight 20-win season, hosts Northwest Friday. 

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