The warning was issued before tipoff — know where Brittney Newcomb is every time Eastern Oregon University is on offense.
“I told my team before the game she could shoot. I don’t think they believed me,” said Monica Heuer, The Evergreen State College women’s basketball coach. “They do now.”
Newcomb scored 25 of her game-high 32 points in the second half to help the Mountaineers snap the Geoducks’ four-game winning streak with a 92-76 victory Friday at CRC Gymnasium.
Evergreen (4-3 overall, 0-1 Cascade Collegiate Conference) looked to match its longest winning streak in school history, but it never led against Eastern Oregon, which shot a blistering 74.1 percent (20-for-27) from the field in the second half.
Newcomb, who entered with a conference-best 22.3 points per game, made up for a subpar first half — at least by her standards — with a stellar shooting performance in the second half. She made all eight of her shots, including 5-for-5 from on 3-pointers, and all four of her free throws.
The Geoducks, who trailed 36-27 at halftime, were able to handle the offensive barrage for much of the second half, largely thanks to shooting 58.1 percent from the field and taking care of the basketball. They only had three second-half turnovers.
Evergreen trailed by seven points with a little more than six minutes to play before Newcomb put the contest out of reach, hitting four consecutive 3-pointers.
“How long did it take her to make all those 3s?” Heuer inquired after the game.
The answer was a shade under two minutes.
“And I thought we had good defense on her,” Heuer said. “Give her credit, she made tough shots.”
Newcomb sank her third 3-pointer of the second half over the outstretched arms of two Evergreen defenders as the shot clock expired.
The Geoducks were unable to get the lead under double digits the rest of the way.
Newcomb finished 10-for-16 from the field and 5-for-8 from 3-point territory for the Mountaineers (8-3, 1-0 CCC).
Brittany Gray was one of four Evergreen players to score in double figures, with 16 of her team-high 18 points in the second half. The junior forward also had a game-high 15 rebounds with nine on the offensive end.
The Geoducks also received 17 points from Sammi Clark, 15 from Sadee Jones and 13 from Jessica Denmon.
Playing for the first time in 11 days, Evergreen had difficulties defending Eastern Oregon’s transition offense in the first half.
The Mountaineers also found success close to the basket as they struck for 48 points in the paint with forwards Kassy Larson (12 points on 6-for-6 shooting) and Madeline Laan (10 points on 5-for-7 shooting) doing the most damage
“We looked a little sluggish early on. We didn’t do a very good job getting back on defense,” Heuer said. “I thought we made some adjustments and fought back, but we should never give up 92 points to any team. We pride ourselves on our defense here, and that wasn’t us tonight.”
The Geoducks played catch-up from the start as Eastern Oregon opened with a 12-3 run and took an 18-7 lead on Jeni Hoffert’s fastbreak layup with 10:50 remaining in the first half.
Multiple times in the second half, Evergreen trimmed the deficit to six points — the final time coming with 81/2 minutes to play — but Newcomb’s offensive outburst down the stretch proved to be too much to overcome.
Evergreen continues its conference slate at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at home against College of Idaho.
Eastern Oregon 73, at Evergreen 54: Kyle Calhoun sank six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points, but the Geoducks (1-5, 0-1 CCC) dropped their fifth consecutive game.
Leading 34-25 at halftime, Eastern Oregon (9-1, 1-0 CCC) used a 9-0 run to extend its lead to 52-33 midway through the second half.
The Geoducks answered with an 12-2 run, capped by a Cody Peters free throw that trimmed the deficit to 54-45 with six minutes to play, but couldn’t get any closer.
Tony Eackles was one of three EOU players to score in double figures, chipping in a team-high 17 points. The Mountaineers also received big games from Kalvin Johanson (12 points, 19 rebounds) and Kyllian Wood (14 points, 13 rebounds).