By Cory McKendrick, USU Eastern Sports Information Contributor:
Ephraim, UT – The Utah State University Eastern women’s basketball team was on the road in Ephraim as visitors to the Snow College Badgers. The Eagles emerged victorious after trailing late in the 4th quarter. The final from the Horne Activity Center was 64-59.
The Eagles bounced back from their loss to Salt Lake Community College the previous week. They extended their matchup win streak against the Badgers to 3 games with this victory, improving their record since 2013 to 7-10 against Snow.
Yet another career night for Margarett Otuafi highlighted the team win for the Eagles. Otuafi had a career high in points as she led all scorers, torching the net for 27. She was 11-19 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. She also added 5 rebound, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals to her stat line for the night. Otuafi was complemented by a solid performance from fellow post player, Harley Carlisle who chipped in 10 points and 2 offensive rebounds.
The game saw 17 lead changes and 10 instances when the score was tied. Snow led for the majority of the game, leading for 18 minutes. The Eagles outscored the Badgers in the fourth quarter, 18 to 13, propelling them to victory.
The dagger in the game came when the Eagles were up by 2 with less than 30 seconds remaining. Kacelyn Toomer drilled a three pointer to ice the game for the Eagles. Toomer was a force in the game as well with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Head Coach Chelsey Warburton said of her team’s effort late in the game, “This was a hard-fought game for our team, we were able to battle and made plays in the final minutes. We had a great night at the free throw line which was key in the win.”
The team improves to 22-4 on the season and 7-2 in conference. They trail SLCC in conference play who is at 8-1. The next game is scheduled for Saturday February 15 against the Colorado Northwestern Community College Spartans in Rangely, CO.