After playing on the road for three straight weeks, the USU Eastern mens and womens basketball teams were looking to finish out the regular season on a strong note.
However, Salt Lake Community College and Snow College had other ideas.
The USU Eastern women defeated Snow College 61-50 on Thursday night before falling to Salt Lake CC 76-50 on Saturday afternoon.
Against Snow College on Fan Appreciation night, the Lady Eagles trailed by as many as nine points in the first half. They started the second half on a 14-3 run to take a lead they would not relinquish as they were helped by 25 turnovers by Snow players.
Gabriela Borges led the Lady Eagles with 14 points. Larissa Quintana added 13 points, Hailee Parry chipped in 11 points and six assists and Amy Arbon finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
Two days later, Salt Lake CC took an early lead and continued to build upon it throughout the final minutes of the first half and in the second half. Salt Lake led by 18 points in the first half and pushed it to 29 points late in the second half.
Parry led the team with 11 points. Tandy Thackeray finished with six points and six rebounds and Arbon added seven points and 10 rebounds.
Going 1-1 in their final homestand, the USU Eastern women (10-18 overall, 6-9 SWAC play) finished fourth in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. They will travel to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where they will play Snow College on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a chance to advance to face the #1 seed College of Southern Idaho on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Hobbled by injuries and other bits of back luck, the USU Eastern men dropped both games on the homestand including an 81-58 loss to Snow College on Thursday and a 74-68 loss to Salt Lake CC on Saturday evening.
Against Snow, the Golden Eagles never led and went into the half trailing 38-26. Snow continued to build onto their lead in the second half pushing the lead to as many as 24 points late in the second half. Snow shot 65 percent from the field, including 11-of-20 on 3-pointers.
Jason Timpf led the Golden Eagles with 14 points. Dytanya Johnson added 10 points and five rebounds, Miles Gatewood had 10 points and Todd Helgeson finished with seven points and eight rebounds.
Against Salt Lake CC, the Golden Eagles had a lead with three minutes left in the first half before the Bruins went on a run to take the lead heading into halftime. The Golden Eagles cut the deficit to three points late in the second half but could not break through as the Bruins held onto the lead.
Timpf led the team with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Helgeson finished with a double-double including 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles (14-16 overall, 4-11 SWAC play) will now head into the SWAC tournament as the #5 seed and will play #4 College of Southern Idaho on Thursday at 7:30 p.m in Coeur d'Alene. If the Golden Eagles win, they will advance to play #1 seed Salt Lake CC on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.