LA GRANDE, Ore. – The Evergreen Geoducks couldn’t find their shot as the ninth-ranked Eastern Oregon Mountaineers remained perfect in conference play, earning a 66-45 win in a Cascade Conference women’s basketball game on Friday night at Quinn Coliseum in La Grande, Ore.
The Mountaineers (14-2, 5-0 CCC) climbed out to the early lead, putting 11 points on the board before Evergreen (2-5, 2-2 CCC) managed a basket with 13:22 to go in the first half. The Geoducks managed to pull within six near the seven minute mark but EOU outscored the visitors 15-2 over the final seven minutes to take a 36-17 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Geoducks came out strong, eventually cutting the gap to just 10 points with 9:08 left to go but Evergreen couldn’t get any closer as EOU stretched the lead again, eventually picking up the 66-45 win.
Evergreen was led by 17 points from Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Edmonds CC). Junior Danielle Swain (Rainier, Wash./Black Hills HS) added 10 points off the bench for the Geoducks, who shot just 27.9% on the night, connecting on 17-of-61 attempts.
Eastern Oregon was led by 15 points from Kelsea Hurliman. Brooke Randall chipped in 11 points for the Mounties while Tina Miller led the EOU bench with 10 points on five of seven shooting. The Mounties outrebounded the Geoducks, 47-39, on the night.
The Geoducks are back in action on Saturday night, taking on College of Idaho beginning at 5:30 p.m. MST in Caldwell, Idaho.