USU Eastern head coach Dave Paur watches his team on defense during a Scenic West Conference game against North Idaho College in December.
The Lady Eagles will need to find a replace for point guard Hailee Parry who spent the past two seasons leading the fast-paced offense that head coach Dave Paur requires his team to learn each season.
The effort was there. The determination on offense and defense was there. But the results did not follow along.
In their final game of the season, the USU Eastern Lady Eagles fell to Snow College 62-49 on Thursday night in the first round of the Scenic West Athletic Conference Tournament.
While the team struggled on offense in the game shooting 25 percent from the field, the Lady Eagles found themselves down by three points with eight minutes left in the game.
But the inability to hit foul key foul shots down the stretch and hit open jumpers and layups left the Lady Eagles with an early exit to the season.
Throughout the offseason, the USU Eastern womens basketball team will be left with the thoughts of what could have been. The Lady Eagles defeated Snow in their previous three meetings this season and were close to getting a four game sweep of a conference rival.
Head coach Dave Paur said the game was a "frustrating way" to end the 2012-13 season.
"We played extremely hard buy it seemed like the ball just didn't go in the basket for us on offense that night and all season long," said Paur.
USU Eastern was hurt by shooting 20 percent from the field in the second half, Paur explained. Down 34-27 at the half, the Lady Eagles were able to keep things close through much of the second half. But in the final minutes, Snow continued to hit their foul shots and open jumpers while the Lady Eagles watched their shots bounce out or fall short of the rim.
"We have a great group that worked hard and played with effort, but we just couldn't get our shots to fall consistently," he said.
Now with players including point guard Hailee Parry and forwards Amy Arbon, Brooke Slade, Whitney Fieldsted on their way to graduating, Paur said the returning players and new recruits will have plenty of opportunities to step up and show their abilities.
"We want to be able to push the ball up the court quickly and play tough, aggressive defense," Paur said.
The USU Eastern women finished the season with an overall record 10-19 and a 6-9 mark in SWAC play.