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Lady Eagles thump ECC, 61-34

By Keith Norem
On February 9, 2016

Cyerra Hutchins shoots a three-pointer in a bout with Ellsworth Community College, 61-34. Photo By Keith Norem 
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The women ballers thrived off the energy from the crowd on Blue Out night in Johnson Hall, Jan. 27.  

The Eagles dominated the Ellsworth Community College Panthers by a score of 61-34.  The team was led by Madison Wood, who recorded 16 points, including nine rebounds and four blocked shots.

The women gave up four points to ECC in the first two minutes of the first half, and then slammed the door shut, only allowing four more points in the first half.  Dominating defense and communication seemed to be the keys to the team’s success, according to player Casey Miles, who also contributed some timely three-point shots, and also distributed a team-high five assists.

In addition, the Eagles were aided by Caitlin Sudduth, who had 15 points, Abbie Obberman, who had 11 points, and Mesha Wheatley, who had a team-high six steals.

  The fourth-ranked national Eagles improved their record to 19 and 4 overall, with an undefeated 6 and 0 in conference play. The ladies will be deep in conference play in the upcoming weeks, with games against North Iowa CC, Iowa Lakes CC and its rival, Des Moines Area CC.  

The lady Eagles are on an impressive run, winning 18 of their last 19 games, with their only defeat to the higher-ranked Illinois Central squad.  That loss stopped a 13-game winning streak that began Nov. 27.  

According to the NJCAA statistics page for women’s basketball, the Eagles are one of only two teams ranked nationally that has a balanced and consistent scoring line-up.  This simply means that the team does not have to count on one player to carry the load, allowing a new hero to pop up on any given night.  By all accounts, this makes the Eagles a very dangerous team heading to tournament play and Nationals.

According to the players’ Facebook page, the team enjoyes playing for a big student crowd: “It is inspiring and really pumps up our team when the student section comes and gets loud for us.”

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