SIOUX CITY, Iowa – () No. 3 Eastern Oregon never trailed in a dominant 86-54 victory over Southwestern (Kan.) on Thursday in the first round of the 2013 State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship.
Behind standout senior guard Brooke Randall, the Mountaineers built 20-point halftime advantage and led by as many as 32 points.
Randall, the team’s leading scorer at 15.1 points per game entering the tournament, posted far-and-away a game high scoring total of 24 points on Thursday. She tallied 15 of those in the first half, including five in the final four minutes to put the game out of reach early.
The Lady Builders never found an offensive rhythm against the nation’s third-leading scoring defense of Eastern Oregon. The Mountaineers limited Southwestern to 24.6 percent shooting from the field and 5-for-29 shooting from the 3-point line.
Eastern Oregon, making its second-straight national tournament appearance and third in the last four years, dominated inside on the offensive end with a 50-12 edge in points in the paint. However, Southwestern held a 46-39 advantage on the boards.
The Builders, who made their third-consecutive tournament appearance, were led by Montana Rickey’s 11 points. Southwestern could not overcome its own shooting woes and its 26 turnovers. The Builders fell to 1-5 all-time at the national tournament.
The Mountaineers reached the quarterfinals last season for the first time in school history. They fell 74-55 to College Ozarks (Mo.) to end the season.
Eastern Oregon has advanced to play in the second round on Friday at 1:45 p.m. against the winner between No. 12 Jamestown (N.D.) and Menlo (Calif.).