USU Eastern sophomore rewriting the record books
Records are made to be broken. At this rate, a USU Eastern women's basketball player may have her name plastered on every basketball record in the books.
Priscila Santos has already set a few school records this season and on Friday she added another three to her list of accomplishments.
Santos, a sophomore from Brazil, scored 50 points in 28 minutes of play in USU Eastern's win against Stone Child College (Mont) 102-32.
Head coach Dave Paur said Santos set three records in the game including a new high in points in a single game, most field goals made in a game (25) and the highest field goal percentage in a game (25-of-30, 88 percent).
The game was never in question as Eastern ran out to a 49-15 lead at the half and they never let off the gas pedal from there. What may have been the most interesting part of the score was that USU Eastern made only two three-pointers and went 6-of-9 from the free throw line. Santos shot no three-pointers or any free throws in the game, Paur said.
While Santos and her accomplishments are fun to watch as a coach, Paur said he was pleased to see other players step up over the weekend. He cited the play of freshman Caitlin Nelson against Stone Child College as she had a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
"We've been pushing for that in practice from the team," Paur said of having other players step up in games. "She's very athletic and we're trying to get her to fight for more offensive rebounds."
Fellow freshmen Hailee Perry added nine points and Shelby Carson had seven points.
In the team's second game of the road trip, Eastern faced off with Salish Kootenai College (Mont) and came away with another blowout win 92-38.
Santos finished with a team-high 27 points on 11-of-27 shooting and five steals. Perry added 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Freshman Abby Kay added 10 points and Carson finished with two points and nine rebounds.
After 12 games, Santos is leading the nation's leader in scoring with 356 total points or 29.6 points per game.
Over the two games Santos was hitting almost every shot she took, Paur said.
"She didn't miss many 10 to 15 footers in the games," he said. "Everything was going in for her."
As Santos is rewriting the record books, USU Eastern has quietly got back to a .500 record at 6-6 nearing the beginning of SWAC play.
The teams in the league are seeing a lot of success so far as North Idaho College, Salt Lake Community College and Colorado Northwestern Community College are all playing well this season.
Paur said the team is ready for conference play to begin and thinks the team's brutal early season schedule, including playing three top-10 schools and having no home games to this point, has prepared the squad for the road ahead.
"I don't think anyone has played as tough of a schedule as we've played so far," Paur said. "If we can stay healthy, have players continue to step up and help out Priscila, I know we can do well."