LA GRANDE, Ore. – Despite a 27-12 first quarter, the No. 16 Eastern Oregon Mountaineers forced overtime to battle back and snap No. 9 LC State Women’s Basketball’s winning streak. EOU took control in the extra period to earn an 85-79 victory.
Hannah Broyles tallied a career-high 24 points to lead all scorers.
The two teams are now tied for first place in the Cascade Conference standings with 14-1 CCC records. LC State’s 19-game winning streak ends as the fourth-longest in program history.
Callie Stevens started the scoring with a 3 before Maddie Holm tallied an and-one play to give LC a 6-3 edge. Hannah Broyles added a step-back jumper to make it an 8-3 LC State lead less than four minutes in. Ellie Sander knocked down back-to-back 3s and Holm put back an offensive board to push the Warrior run to 13. LC State led 16-3 at 4:08.
Payton Hymas hit a 3 before Broyles took a steal back to the basket to push the advantage to 23-8 at 2:11. Sitara Byrd and Hymas struck for two straight buckets as the high-scoring first frame wrapped with LC ahead 27-12.
EOU tallied a pair of 3s to open the second quarter before Hymas snapped the run with a layup. Sara Muehlhausen kept the lead in double-digits, 33-20, with a pair of baskets three minutes into the frame. Stevens gave LC a 15-point lead with free throws midway through the period.
The Mounties pulled within 10 in the final three minutes of the half before Broyles added a 3-pointer to kick the lead out to 40-27 at 1:54. EOU rallied for four to cut the LC lead to 40-31 at the break.
Stevens matched an EOU 3 with two of her own to, but the Mounties responded to cut the margin to three, 48-45, by 4:18. Muehlhausen made good on a free throw before Byrd notched back-to-back baskets to increase LC’s lead to 53-45. Free throws by Sander had the Warrior advantage at 55-48 to close the third frame.
Two jumpers by Broyles kept LC State in front in the fourth quarter, but EOU maintained its pressure to cut the difference to four at 8:27. The Mounties inched closer to make it a one-point game before Broyles banked in a 3 at 6:38 to give the Warriors a 64-60 advantage.
EOU did not back down and cut the difference to two once more, and a pair of free throws by Sander made it 68-64 with 3:40 to play.
The back-and-forth raged on as the Mounties tied the game 70-70 to force overtime.
EOU scored the first seven points to take control in the extra period. Broyles converted on three free throws with 2:47 on the clock, but Eastern maintained its momentum to close out the contest 85-79.
Broyles led the contest with a career-high 24 points. She was 8-for-17 from the field and 5-for-5 at the free throw line. Stevens added 14 points and Sander scored 12. Holm led the defense with nine rebounds and Sander grabbed eight.
The Warriors head to College Place, Wash., for a midweek matchup with Walla Walla on Tuesday.
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