USU Eastern teams slide in SWAC standings continues
The long bus rides to and from the Idaho schools are not the most enjoyable experiences. And losing both games on the road doesn't make it any better.
The USU Eastern mens and womens teams each suffered a road sweep at the hands of the College of Southern Idaho and North Idaho College last Thursday and Saturday.
The USU Eastern women fell to CSI 69-52 in a game marred by a total of 62 turnovers from the two teams.
The Eastern women (13-12, 5-5 SWAC) were down 31-28 at halftime but CSI was able to keep Priscila Santos in check as she finished with 22 points.
CSI outrebounded the Eastern women 48-31, including a 25-13 advantage on offensive rebounds.
On Saturday things did not get any easier as the Eastern women faced off with league leading and ninth ranked North Idaho College.
Head coach Dave Paur said the Eastern women went down to the wire against NIC, putting together their best game in the past few weeks. But NIC was able to pull away in the final moments to come away with the 63-58 win.
Paur noted that teams are concentrating on shutting Santos down with double and triple teams whenever she has the ball.
Despite that, Paur said the team knows full well that Santos will be attracting a lot of attention on the defensive side of the ball each time down the court.
"They know what's going to be happening when Priscila has the basketball," he said.
Paur also said the team needs to keep their defense from breaking down during a game even if the offense is not making shots.
"Our defense has broke down in our games as of late," he said. "We need to focus on seperating our offensive play from our defensive play."
For the USU Eastern men (14-10 overall, 2-8 SWAC), two losses including a heartbreaker in triple overtime has left the team wondering when it will catch a break.
Against CSI, Eastern shot 41 percent from the field and went into halftime down 33-28. But in the second half, Eastern did not convert their free throws finishing 15-of-33 for the game. Sophomore Neveij Walters led Eastern with 21 points.
In a triple overtime thriller against NIC two days later, Eastern fell 81-78.
Both teams had opportunities to win down the stretch but were unable to capitalize on the chances.
Eastern was up 14 with seven minutes left before NIC battled back and tied the game in the final seconds.
North Idaho tied the game late in the first overtime, Eastern used free throws to send the game into a third overtime where NIC was finally able to gain a lead late in the period to get the win.
Eastern freshman Dashaun Wiggins led the Golden Eagles with 31 points.
The Eastern men and women will be in action against CNCC tomorrow night at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the BDAC.