Women Fall to Nationally Ranked Eastern Oregon in Overtime
News Release Date:
Sunday, November 25
La Grande, OR – After leading most of the game, the Whitman Women’s Basketball team ran out of gas and lost a heartbreaker on the road this afternoon, 67 to 58, in overtime, to nationally ranked Eastern Oregon University. The Lady Whits held a 27 to 22 halftime advantage and at one point in the second half led by as many as 16 points before #10 EOU came storming back and tied the game at 50 - 50 just before the end of regulation. The Missionaries, who were playing their second game in as many days, were outscored in the extra period 17 to 8.
Meghan White, Jr.
Post Heather Lovelace (So., McKinleyville, CA) paced Whitman in the first half as she was perfect from the field (3 of 3) and the line (2 of 2), scoring 8 points. The Missionaries then scored the first 7 points of the second half, stretching their lead to 13 on a jumper by Hallie Buse (So., Boise, ID) less than three minutes in. The Lady Mountaineers called a timeout, but it did not stop the Whitman momentum. After an exchange of baskets, the Whits pushed their lead up to 16 when Sarah Anderegg (Jr., Redmond, WA) sank a jumper at the 14:23 mark. Then the fatigue factor came into play and EOU began to reassert itself.
The Mountaineers closed to within 4 on a Jorie Freeman bucket with 8:23 left to play. Whitman battled to get the cushion back up to 7 when Anderegg drilled a jumper at the 6:05 mark, but then EOU whittled it down to 1 point on a Kelsea Hurliman deuce with 58 seconds left. When Mountaineer Brooks Randall was fouled with just 18 ticks left in regulation, she had two free throw attempts to take the lead. Randall made the first but missed the second. EOU grabbed the loose ball and called a timeout to set up a game-winning play. Hurliman took the shot with 2 seconds left but it was off the mark, and the game went to overtime.
In the extra period, the Missionaries grabbed the lead once at 54 – 52 but it was short lived as EOU then went on a 15 to 3 run.
Just like the night before at home against Northwest, the top scorers for the Lady Whits were Lovelace and Anderegg, each tallying 14. Meghan White (Jr., Huntington Beach, CA) had an excellent all-around game, scoring 11, hauling down 10 rebounds and recording a blocked shot.
Freeman and Hurliman led the Lady Mountaineers in scoring, both with 15.
The loss is the first of the young season for the Missionaries, dropping them to 3 and 1. They come home to play their Northwest Conference opener this Friday night at Sherwood Center against Pacific Lutheran University – 6 pm tip.