USU Eastern men still undefeated, women take one of three in weekend basketball games
Santos setting records as USU Eastern womens team looks to get on the winning path
If the first game of the three game set over the weekend for the USU Eastern women was any indication of things to come, Priscila Santos just needed a game to get settled in and in rhythm.
Traveling to Casper, Wyo., for a Thursday through Saturday set of games, Eastern first took on Northeastern Junior College (Colorado), falling 65-40 on Thursday night.
The first half saw Eastern get doubled up by Northeastern JC 36-18. That lead proved to be too much as Eastern was unable to overcome the deficit before falling to Plainswomen in the first game.
Santos, a sophomore, was the only player for Eastern who reached double digits in scoring with 11 points.
In their second game on Friday, Eastern faced off against Casper College. The Lady Eagles again faced a halftime deficit of 38-26 and were unable to overcome the double digit lead as they dropped their second game to Casper 72-56.
In a performance she has become accustomed to, Santos led Eastern with a team-high 34 points. She also added five rebounds. Sophomore Amy Arbon added five points and seven rebounds.
In the final game of the road trip, Eastern went up against Colby Community College (Kansas) and came away with a win 77-45.
This time, Eastern was able to run out to a 42-19 halftime lead on their way to the victory.
Going out on a high note, Santos topped her previous performance getting 40 points, while shooting 16-of-20 from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
Shelby Carson, a freshman, finished with seven points. Caitlin Nelson, a fellow freshman, finished with a team-high seven rebounds, while adding two points.
Eastern (3-5) will next head to Salt Lake City on Friday and Saturday for games with Treasure Valley and Otero Junior College.
For the USU Eastern mens team, the early season continues to bring a lot of closely contested games. And with each game, Eastern continues to come away with wins.
The USU Eastern mens team traveled to Scottsbluff, Neb., for a two game set on Friday and Saturday.
In their first game, Eastern took on McCook Community College (Nebraska) and were able to come away with the close 87-82 victory.
After trailing at halftime 41-39, the two teams battled in the second half before Eastern was able to secure the five-point win.
Dashaun Wiggins, a freshman guard, and Neveij Walters, a forward, led the way for the Golden Eagles each scoring 19 points. Walter led the team with 13 rebounds. Freshmen LaSalle McKay and Chase Flint each added 12 points.
In their second game, Eastern faced off against Western Nebraska Community College in another close game which saw the Golden Eagles come away with another win, 100-89.
Eastern led at halftime 49-45 and were able to outscore Western Nebraska CC 51-44 in the second half to come away with the win.
Wiggins led the team in scoring again with 24 points.
Sophomore Demetrus Richardson and freshman Chase Flint each had a double-double for Eastern, as Richardson had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Flint finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Eastern men (8-0) will now head to Rock Springs, Wyo., on Friday and Saturday for two tournament games.