Lady Eagles score three wins in two weeks
|Megan Valgardsen and Cassie Warburton double team a Dixie athlete in a match up hosted earlier this year at the BDAC.|
The College of Eastern Utah women's basketball team has been busy the past two weeks taking on four separate, yet equally talented teams.
The series kicked off for the Eagles Jan. 17 as the team hosted the Colorado Northwestern Spartans. The game found the Eagles dominating the court as they entered the locker room at the half leading the Spartans, 60-37.
The CEU team continued to dish out punishment to the struggling Spartan team as they outscored Colorado Northwestern, 45-20 in the second half.
The Eagles walked away with the 105-57 victory over the Spartans which boosted the eastern Utah's season record to 2-3 against Scenic West Athletic Conference opponents.
Second year Eagle, Megan Valgardsen lead the team in points as she scored 20 while pulling down 11 rebounds and stealing five balls.
Kasey Mills followed in scoring with 13 points. Janell Casey and Alex Cobb each added 13 points while Janeen Nelson scored 11.
The following night, the Eagles returned to their home court as they hosted the North Idaho Cardinals.
The game kicked off quite intense as both teams battle for control of the boards. The Eagles lead the Cardinals, 33-28 at the half, but this was a small margin which could easily be taken away from the CEU team.
The Eagles saw to it that this did not happen however. The team stepped up and played well in the second half, handing the Cardinals a 84-52 loss.
Once again, Valgardsen lead the team in scoring with 19 points. She also pulled down nine rebounds and had four steals against the Idaho team.
Mills scored 15 points against the Cardinals while teammate, Rose Hamilton scored nine. Hamilton also dished out five assists and stole four ball from the Cardinal team.
With momentum in their corner, the Eagles moved on to compete against the Western Wyoming Spartans. In this match up, the Eagles continued their winning ways as they dominated the court.
By the half, the Eagles had jumped ahead of the Wyoming Spartans, 47-23.
The second half played out much like the first as the Eagles continued to rack up the points against the Wyoming team. By the time that the final buzzer sounded, the Eagles had found themselves victorious in their third straight game by the final, 84-51.
Mills lent a helping hand in the Eagles victory as she scored 14 points to lead the team. She was followed by Valgardsen with 12 points and Cassie Warburton with 10.
Valgardsen also aided the team with rebounds as she pulled down 13 boards to lead the Eagles.
To round out the four game series, the Eagles traveled north to take on the Salt Lake Community College Bruins. In a match up that would put both teams to the test, the Eagles held on strong despite losing the game by only two points, 70-68.
The action was intense from the opening whistle to the final buzzer. At the half, the Bruins entered the locker room ahead of the Eagles, 30-28.
The second half could not have been any closer as the Eagles and the Bruins each scored 40 points in the half.
Leading scorer for the Eagles was Lindsey Arnoldus who completed the game with 16 points.
The SWAC game loss brings the Eagle's current season record to 4-4. The team hopes to improve this record this weekend as they travel to Idaho to take on the Cardinals for the second time this year.
The Eagles should not have any trouble defeating the Cardinals for the second time as long as the continue to play strong and smart.
The Eagles have showed many improvements since the beginning of the year, and as the season goes on, the team is only bound to get better.
This could easily mean that the eastern Utah team could be a strong force in the SWAC final season outcome this year.