Tough, marathon road trip ends for CEU Lady Eagles
After a series of games against all-star teams and a Christmas lay-off, the CEU Lady Eagles hit the road for a marathon of games.
Heading down to Tucson, Ariz., the Eagles began the first of five games in six days on Dec. 29 with a 75- 42 win over Eastern Arizona College.
Continuing play on Dec. 30, Division II Pima Community College beat CEU 64-58.
Then on Dec. 31, Chandler-Gilbert out of Phoenix edged out the Lady Eagles 78-73.
After dropping two of three, the Eagles headed to Yuma on Jan. 2 and lost big to Parkland 71-48.
Finally, the team broke their losing streak on Jan. 3 by defeating Kishwaukee College 65-49.
Against Eastern Arizona, Libby Alon scored 11 points and had nine steals. Adrianna Cordova and Veronica Siqueiros also scored 11 points.
"Everyone on our roster shared lots of game time minutes as the team was in control from beginning to end." remarked Coach Dave Paur.
In the loss to the much bigger Pima College, Paur was succinct: "Too big, too strong."
Pima's point guard was six feet tall, weighted more than 200 pounds and had no problem breaking CEU's full court press. But the most damage came from the Pima post player who had 13 points and 19 rebounds.
This same Pima team beat the Salt Lake Community College the night before by 10 points.
For the Eagles, Kaylie Robison had another strong performance with a double/double; 13 points and 13 rebounds. Cordova and Amber Strong both score 11 points.
As the Eagles wrapped up the tournament with their loss to Chandler Gilbert, Paur commented, "A little frustrating to lose two out of three in this tournament. Again two go-to Arizona players made a difference in the game scoring 26 points each."
The play of Robison is still the bright spot for Coach Paur. The freshman from Sandy scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for yet another double-double.
On Jan. 2, in Yuma the halftime score was close. CEU was down only down three points. But the second half was one every coach dreads and hopes it never happens. CEU scored just 12 points and shot only 14 percent from the field.
The Eagles were out rebounded 56 - 42 with Parkland grabbing 25 offensive boards to CEU's 18.
Robison racked up 19 points and 12 rebounds for another solid performance and adding to her double-double total in the loss.
In their final game, the Eagles jumped out to big early lead with a 25-7 run.
For Paur it was a relief, "Our defense finally showed up and the team played good defense the entire game. We had 11 players score in the game and it seemed the offense fed off the good defense."
Robison leads the team again with her fourth double-double of the week. She scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Siqueiros scored eight points and dished out four assists.
"This was quite a week for the team as they are a little road weary, but will return stronger, with great experience and ready for the conference opener next Friday against North Idaho College," summed up Paur.
The Lady Eagles ends pre-season play with a 9-6 record. All six losses were on the road. The team won six on the road also and won all three home games.
The Friday game will be at the BDAC at 5:30 p.m.