|Veronica Siqueiros scores two aganst the Gauchos.|
Heading back to Idaho for the second straight weekend to take on another three tough teams, the Eagles walked away with two more wins to improve their record to 9-6. The ladies began the weekend with an 85-82 overtime win over Sheridan, Wyo. on Thursday and followed that up with a 52-49 point victory over Northwest College. Yakima Valley Community College spoiled what would have been another three game sweep when they beat the Lady Eagles 57-63 to finish off the tournament.
On Thursday, Sheridan and CEU both tried their best to find a way to take control of the game. Sheridan took a nine point lead in the first half but the Eagles battled back and the score was tied at the break. CEU took a 10 point lead in the second half but Sheridan came back and tied it at the end of regulation play. The Eagles outscored their opponents 12-9 in the final overtime period to take the win.
Maquette Potts, Veronica Siqueiros and Brandi King drove the offensive effort with 15 each. King also led the defense with nine rebounds. Potts pulled in seven as well.
|Maquette Potts goes up strong.|
On Friday CEU trailed Northwest most of the game. They held a five point edge early in the first and tied it up at the break. Northwest came out tough in the second and it looked bad for the Eagles. At one point, down by nine, CEU began to make some head way and finally pulled ahead for good.
Siqueiros was the only CEU player in double figures with 11. Potts pulled in another nine rebounds to keep the Eagles in the game. Kendra Dalebout dished out four assists and had four steals in the winning effort.
The tides of fortune turned when the Eagles faced their toughest opponent of the tournament. CEU found themselves in a hole early. Just before the break they were down by 17. In the locker room the team made some adjustments to their game and began to climb back into the contest. Outscoring Yakima by 11 points in the second half still left them just shy of what they needed to take the win. In the end they dropped the final game by six.
Amber Strong led the way for the Eagles with 15 points, Erin Richardson contributed nine. Potts was the leading rebounder again with nine and Dalebout snatched another four steals.
A long break is in store for the Lady Eagles. They will not take the floor again until Jan. 5. It will be a scrimmage game against the alumni at the BDAC at 7 p.m. They will then start conference play on Jan. 10 against NIC in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.