This archived article was written by: Katie Bigelow
Utah State University- College of Eastern Utah Lady Eagles fell to 1-4 in the second round of conference games. On February 3-, the Lady Eagles hosted Salt Lake Community College and Snow College. The team then hit the road for Twin Falls and Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, to face College of Southern Idaho and North Idaho College.
Salt Lake Community College was a tough game with the score bouncing back and forth for the first 15 minutes of the game. The Lady Eagles gained a six-point lead and held till half with a score of 31-29.
Head Coach Dave Paur said, “Normally Salt Lake plays a man- to-man defense. They came out in a triangle and two, which means they denied Priscila [Santos] and Hailee [Parry] the ball. The others played a triangle zone. It really frustrated Hailee.”
The second half started with a jumper by Santos. At 12 minutes, the score was tied up again. Salt Lake gained the lead and held it for the rest of the game.
“To be in a triangle and two other players have to step up and score. We had a few players who did in the first half. In the second half we went cold and so did our defense. Their post player was nine for nine. We didn’t make the adjustments to stop her,” Paur said. The final score was 67-58. Santos and Amy Arbon had 16 points apiece. The team had 14 steals and 23-offensive boards.
Snow College had a pretty strong lead most of the first half against the Lady Eagles. Coach Paur commented,“Snow did something similar to Salt Lake. Everyone in the first round tried to play Priscila man to man. Snow’s defense was a box and one. We didn’t adjust very well.” The half time score was 39-26.
In the second half from 19-15 minutes neither team scored. Then Snow started to score and the Eagles could not close the gap. The game ended 71-48. “Our defense is based on stopping threes. Snow had six in the second half. We didn’t have a good shooting night either.” Snow outscored the Lady Eagles by 10 in the second half 32-22. Santos had 25 point and Whitney Fieldsted added 10.
In Twin Falls, the CSI Eagles put together a tough first half. “When Priscila got the ball, they triple teamed her till she picked up her dribble and then would fade away,” Paur said. Eastern were down by 3 at half time 31-28.
“I thought in the first half being down by three they were doing a decent job. They came out man to man and zone full court. If you don’t attack a press offensively you’re in trouble. We didn’t attack and they forced 32 turnovers. With that many,you can’t be successful on the road,” said Paur. Again the Lady Eagles were outscored in the second half 38-24. The Lady Eagles lost 69-52. Santos had 22 points with Parry 13. The team had 18 steals.
North Idaho College was a good game to end the weekend. “We made adjustments to the trick defenses of box and one and triangle two.” The Lady Eagles were up by one at half time 31-30.
During the second half, the Eagles had the largest lead 43-36. “We were ahead with four minutes left. I don’t usually say much about officials, but we got some bad calls. What can you do about that?” Santos had 29 points. The team had 13 steals. “It was a game we should have could have won. I thought we played well enough to win that game.”
On Fri. Feb. 17 the Lady Eagles take on Colorado Northwestern Community College at home.