Eastern Oregon's Weissenfluh Earns Win No. 300
By Travis Rae, Eastern Oregon Sports Information Director
LA GRANDE, Ore. – The Eastern Oregon University women's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament presented by U.S. Bank, on Tuesday night with an 80-70, victory over Northwest Christian University at Quinn Coliseum. The win for EOU was the 300th win for head coach Anji Weissenfluh.
Nicole Redd scored a game high 19 points to lead the Mountaineers. Brittney Newcomb followed with 16 points and Nikki Osborne scored 13 to round out the double-figure scorers for EOU. Hannah Frederick scored 17 points and Sami Pitts scored 16 to lead the Beacons.
In the first half of the game the Mountaineers and Beacons were locked in a back in forth battle. After the first five minutes of the game, Allie Kelsey hit a three pointer tying the game at 10-10. This was the fourth tie of the game. The fifth tie game came less than a minute later as Hannah Frederick matched a Nikki Osborne three pointer to tie the game at 13-13.
With the game tied at 13, Northwest Christian started to make a little run and took a four point lead, 17-13. However, the Mountaineers answered back and went on a 13-2 run to take a seven point lead, 26-19, after a Payton Parrish three pointer.
EOU could not hold the lead for the remainder of the half and a jumper by Tami Brown tied the game at 37-37 to go into halftime.
Eastern Oregon took control of the game in the second half of the contest. With the game tied at, 38-38, Osborne hit a three pointer to give the Mountaineer a three point lead, 41-38. Redd extended the EOU lead when she hit a three pointer.
The Beacons continued to battle and after a pair of free throws by Chandler Gabrio, Northwest Christian tied the game at 46-46. Eastern Oregon continued to take a two point lead but the Beacons continued to tie the game and with 11:56, the game was tied at 52-52.
The Mountaineers went on a 12-2 run, that was capped by a pair of free throws by Newcomb. After the run EOU found itself up by 66-54. After the Mountaineers took the double-figure lead, EOU never looked back and grew the lead to 16 points, 75-59, after a Redd jumper.
Northwest Christian trimmed the lead down to nine points but it was too late as and EOU took the game by a final score of 80-70.
With the win EOU advances to the CCC semifinals where they will face Southern Oregon on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Quinn Coliseum.