This archived article was written by: Katie Bigelow
On March 8-10, Region 18 held their annual tournament which was hosted by Salt Lake Community College in SLC. Utah State University Eastern went into the tournament ranked third. The Lady Eagles opened the tournament against Colorado Northwestern Community College who finished last on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Colorado gave a strong game against the Lady Eagles. Going into half-time, the Eagles were down 26-37. In the second half Eastern was able to put it together and finished with a victory 72-68. They out-scored Colorado in the second half 46-31. Priscila Santos had 34 points and Abbie Kay had 18. The team had 11 steals and 21 assists.
On Friday, Eastern had the early game against ranked two Snow College. By half-time, Eastern was down by 6, making the score 28-34. Second half was rough. A few calls such a bench technical and fouls put Eastern farther behind. The women played hard to the end with a Snow win 67-54. “The tough game against Colorado hurt us against Snow.” Santos scored 28 points. The team had 11 steals.
Coach Dave Paur said, “The one thing about this team is they were the most unselfish team I’ve ever coached. They were just a fun team. They didn’t quit. If someone beat us it wasn’t for lack of hustle or heart. Every team that beat us we beat them.”