Eastern Oregon Defeats Willamette, 69-39

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110 and
Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

LA GRANDE, ORE. -- Eastern Oregon University held Willamette University to just 23.0% shooting, as the Mountaineers defeated the Bearcats, 69-39, on Saturday, Nov. 21. Eastern Oregon was led by Alyssa Garro with 18 points and five rebounds. Alex Zennan (Jr., Sammamish, WA/Eastlake HS) topped Willamette with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Eastern Oregon University 69
Willamette University 39
(Aramark Holiday Classic at Eastern Oregon University)

Willamette competed with Eastern for the first half, trailing just 25-17 at halftime. However, WU was unable to keep it close, as EOU quickly stretched its lead to 20 points early in the second half.

Three-point shooting proved to be a deciding factor in the game. EOU attempted 40 three point shots and connected on eleven. Willamette was 0-12 from behind the arc.

Despite the Bearcats' strong defensive effort in the first half, WU could not find a way to score. The Bearcats shot 23% from the field (14 of 61) and 39% from the free throw line (11 of 28). Eastern Oregon shot 34.7% from the field (25 of 72) and made 8 of 16 free throws (50.0%).

WU was led by Zennan, who was named to the All-Tournament Team for her performances over the weekend. Keilyn Fujikoa (Jr., C, Kailua, HI/Iolani HS) contributed five points, six rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore Kaileigh Westermann (P, Belfair, WA/North Kitsap HS) pulled down 10 rebounds and netted six points. Senior post player Nicki Clowdsley (Sammamish, WA/Skyline HS) tallied seven rebounds in 22 minutes.

Willamette fell to 0-2 on the season. EOU, which competes in the NAIA, improved to 4-2.

The Bearcats will compete in the Bruce Henderson Memorial Capital Classic on Nov. 27 and 28. WU will face William Jessup University on Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m. (PST) and Bethany University on Nov. 28 at 3:30 p.m. (PST). Both games will be played at Corban College in Salem, Ore.

William Jessup and Bethany University compete in the NAIA as part of the California Pacific Conference. William Jessup is 3-4 overall this season. Bethany is currently 0-5 overall.

Alex Zennan scored 12 points against Eastern Oregon. She also achieved 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.

Alex Zennan scored 12 points against Eastern Oregon. She also achieved 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.