USU Eastern Press Release
Utah State Eastern women’s basketball lost to the Salt Lake Community College Bruins 63-53 at home on Thursday. It was the second matchup of the season between the two teams with the Bruins winning the first game 72-52 in Taylorsville two weeks ago.
Thursday’s game was a lot different for the Eagles despite the end result.
“Our team effort was great and we played hard together,” said USU Eastern head coach Chelsey Warburton.
That effort showed in the rebounding as the Eagles were within two rebounds of the Bruins, 30-28.
“Our rebounding was better than the last game and that helped limit their second chance shots. If you win the rebound battle, then you are going to win the game,” said USU Eastern guard Amiperia Tia.
The Eagles struggled, however, shooting from the field, making only 19 of 49 for 38 percent. At the free throw line, it was a different story on Thursday as the Eagles made 10 of 13 attempts. In the third quarter, the Eagles made 9 of 10 at the line, helping outscore the Bruins 20-17.
“We shot well from the line, which the girls have been focusing on. That is something we will need to continue in the upcoming weeks,” said Warburton.
Sophomore Abby Butler finished the game as the team’s leading scorer with 13 points. Freshman guard Lamija Coric provided a spark off the bench on Thursday by recording 10 points, four rebounds and two steals.
“She was very big for us tonight and she had very positive minutes for us,” said Tia.