OLYMPIA, Wash. – Brittney Newcomb went for 25 second-half points as the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers shot past the Evergreen Geoducks, 92-76, in a Cascade Conference women’s basketball game on Friday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
The Mountaineers (8-3, 1-0 CCC) opened up the scoring on a jumper by Newcomb just 22 seconds in and EOU never trailed. The lead grew to double-digits with 10:50 to go on a layup by Jeni Hoffert that put Eastern up 18-7. Evergreen (4-3, 0-1 CCC) battled back, pulling within three points on a three-pointer by Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS/Edmonds CC) with 6:27 to go in the opening period but EOU pushed aheadlate, taking a 36-27 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Geoducks kept battling but Eastern was shooting lights out, making 20-of-27 second half attempts for 74.1%. After keeping the differential in single digits for most of the half, the Mounties used one last late push to put the game away, winning 92-76.
Evergreen was led by 18 points and 15 rebounds from Brittany Gray (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS/Skagit Valley CC). Clark added 17 while Sadee Jones (Belfair, Wash./North Mason HS) chipped in 15 points. Jessica Denmon (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS/Skagit Valley CC) rounded out the Geoducks in double-digits with 13 points in the loss.
Eastern Oregon was led by 32 points from Newcomb. Nicole Redd finished with 19 for EOU while Kassy Larson came off the bench for 12 points in the win. Madeline Laan rounded out the Mounties in double-digits with 10 points on the night. Eastern shot 60.0% on the night, making 33 of 55 attempts.
Evergreen returns to action on Saturday night when they play host to College of Idaho. Tip with the Yotes is set for 5:30 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia. Eastern will also be in action, traveling to Northwest in Kirkland, Wash.