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No. 3 Eastern Oregon blitzes No. 12 Jamestown

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March 08, 2013
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa - (Box Score) No. 3 Eastern Oregon built a seemingly comfortable first half lead with a 29-8 splurge on the way to 76-62 victory in the second round of the 2013 State Farm-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championships on Friday. Behind catalyst Brooke Randall, the Mountaineers piled up a lead as large as 18 points as Randall dished out four assists during the spurt.

Eastern Oregon (33-2) then had to hold off a Jimmie run in the second half. A Carly Jensen 3-pointer with 12:35 left in the game cut the Jamestown deficit to seven (49-42). Kelsea Hurliman's trey for Eastern Oregon at the 10:10 mark pushed the lead back up to double digits and helped turn momentum back the other way.

Jamestown (27-6) also dealt with foul trouble to key players such as guard Hannah Steele, who fouled out at the 7:46 mark with her team still trailing by eight points. Bridget Schuneman fouled out about five minutes later and Amber Ramlo later fouled out in the final two minutes of action.

Randall and company pulled away down the stretch. Randall nailed a dagger of a 3-pointer at the 4:59 mark to extend the lead to 64-51. The Mountaineers would go on to lead by as many as 15 points in the final minutes of the game.

Randall finished with 23 points (15-for-17 free throw shooting), seven assists and four rebounds. Schuneman topped the Jimmies with 17 points while adding seven rebounds. It simply wasn't enough to overcome 31.3 percent shooting from the field.

Eastern Oregon, who will make a second-straight appearance in the round of eight, now looks forward to its quarterfinal matchup with No. 6 Davenport (Mich.) at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Panthers defeated Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 62-39 in the first game of the day on Friday.

Championship Information

NAIA DII Women's Basketball Championship
Sports Rules - Basketball DII (W)