USU Eastern teams looking to gather momentum
Nothing cures the ills of a season like a win.
For the USU Eastern mens and womens teams, a win last weekend against Colorado Northwestern Community College was just what the doctor ordered.
For the Eastern women, a 76-49 win helped snap a four game losing streak that dropped the Lady Eagles from near the top of the Scenic West Athletic Conference standings.
Sophomore Priscila Santos who finished with 33 points, played an "amazing game offensively", according to head coach Dave Paur.
With defenses looking to stop the NJCAA's leading scorer in each game, Santos has to work twice as hard to get open looks on the court.
"Priscila had a great second half hitting seven shots in a row at one point," Paur said.
Paur also cited the play of sophomore Caitlin Nelson, who finished with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Despite those numbers Paur said he was more pleased that she was able to play 24 minutes on the floor and had no fouls. And when Nelson is on the floor for a majority of minutes in a game, the team has a winning record in games when that occurs.
"Caitlin did a tremendous job defensively for us getting no fouls," he said.
Also helping with the team's win over CNCC was the result of fewer turnovers. The Lady Eagles cut down on their turnovers, only accumulating 17 against CNCC compared to 30 in recent games.
The Lady Eagles (14-12, 6-5 SWAC) still have a shot at the number two seed in the upcoming conference tournament. With four games left, Paur said the team can overcome the recent losing streak and finish strong heading into the tournament.
"The second seed in the tournament is still a possibility for us," he explained. "It's not going to be easy, but nothing ever is."
For the Eastern men, an 88-64 win has given the team after losing eight of nine games in often agonizing fashion.
Despite heading into half down by three, the Golden Eagles came out of the gates and took over the game.
Freshman Dashaun Wiggins led the Golden Eagles with 23 points. Sophomore Neveij Walters added 19 points and Freshman Travon Langston finished with 10.
With everything that has affected the team this season, including sanctions and no postseason play, Paur said the team has not given up despite some tough close losses.
"The team has done a great job with all things considered," Paur said. "They have hung around and been close in almost every game this season."
Both Eastern squads will look to continue gathering momentum this weekend as they on go on the road to face Salt Lake Community College and Snow College on Friday and Saturday.