By Calvin Jensen- USU Eastern Sports Information:
Taylorsville, Utah – Defeating their opponents by an average of 24 points per game is a statistic the USU Eastern women’s basketball team and fans alike are cheering about. In addition, a dominating defense has earned the Lady Eagles the 9th spot in the nation for points allowed by their opponents. This weekend’s wins in the Thanksgiving Tournament hosted Salt Lake Community College propelled the team to an impressive 10-1 start on the season and moved their current winning streak to eight.
In their Friday matchup against Western Wyoming, the Eagles once again surged ahead in the first quarter with a 15-3 run thanks to a group effort from the Lady Eagle’s roster, ending the quarter with 23-8 advantage. During second quarter the Lady Eagles would hold the Mustangs to only 7 points and increase their lead by 24 with a score of 39-15 going into the half. It would be much of the same during the second half of play for USU Eastern as they built upon their lead throughout, handing the Mustangs their third straight loss with a final score of 89-46.
Sophomore guard Morgan Toluono had her best game of the season from off the bench, leading on both ends of the court scoring 14 points and grabbing 7 boards in the contest. Lainee Jensen and Emmery Wagstaff each added 12 points against the Mustangs.
Saturday, in their second meeting with Eastern Wyoming this year, the Lady Eagles would struggle shooting from the field, however, domination of the boards allowed more attempts for USU Eastern to score and maintain a lead throughout the game. In the 66-50 win against the Lancers, Margarett Otuafi led the team in scoring with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Sharne Pupuke-Robati would earn her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kacelyn Toomer has been a consistent starter for the team this year adding 10 points against Eastern Wyoming.
The team will hit the road again this weekend as they travel to Riverton, Wyoming to take part in the Bailey Tire and Auto Service Classic. On Friday, December 6 they will face their biggest competition so far this season as they take on the 11th ranked Western Nebraska Cougars at 3:30 p.m. MST. The following day the Lady Eagle’s will compete against BYU Idaho’s club team at noon Saturday.