Tough road loss hits Lady Eagles
After a couple of weekends of playing against Colorado Northwestern, a team which sits in the Scenic West Athletic Conference cellar, the Lady Eagles of the College of Eastern Utah had to return to the task of facing teams higher up in the standings.
The College of Southern Idaho is at the top of the heap and they handed CEU a pair of losses while improving their own record to 8-1.
The Lady Eagles lost the opening game on Feb. 6 by the score 86-62.
It was pretty much the same on Saturday when the same two teams met and ended with the final tally of 89-69.
CSI controlled the game and the tempo on Friday night.
For the Eagles one of the few highlights was Kaylie Robison finishing with 13 points and 16 rebounds in a strong double/double effort. Adrianna Cordova scored nine while Libby Alon and Amber Strong both score eight points.
CEU shot only 29.5 percent from the field.
They only managed 20.8 percent from outside the arc in 24 attempts.
In the second game on Saturday afternoon first half scoring for CEU was only 19 points. CSI posted 50.
Even though they were in a huge hole the Lady Eagles team gave a valiant effort in the second half.
It helped that they showed improvement in their shooting percentage from the field compared to Friday's low percentage. CEU scored 50 points in the second half compared to CSI's 39 points. But the deficit they had put themselves into the first half was too big to overcome.
CSI's star recruit made her presence and stature felt as she scored 27 points. CEU couldn't match her output. Three other CSI players also hit for double digit scoring efforts before the game was over.
For the Eagles it was Robison who again led the Lady Eagles with 16 points and crashed the boards for five rebounds. Alon dished out 10 assists and just missed a double/double with eight points.
Former Emery High guard Megan Pearson scored 11 points in just nine minutes of play on 4/6 shooting. She was also two for two at the line. Kasey Day had a monster rebounding game as she gathered in 13 boards. She also came close to her own double/double with eight points.
The two weekend losses drop CEU to 3-6 in the conference and slid them past Salt Lake Community College into 5th place. SLCC surprised nationally ranked North Idaho College by taking two straight from them.
CEU will travel to Coeur d' Alene, Idaho next weekend for yet another very tough two game against NIC.
Coach Dave Paur is hoping for a split and to follow SLCC's lead in getting after the Cardinal team.