Senior center recognized after leading Eagles to
sensational comeback in the narrow semifinal loss to No. 2 Northern
After earning the first postseason accolade of her career earlier this week as a member of the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention team, senior Carrie Ojeda of the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball squad picked up another one. The Tacoma, Wash., native was named to the 2013 Big Sky Conference Women’s Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team.
Eastern, the No. 3-seed in the tournament, won its quarterfinal matchup against Montana State to advance to the semis, where it took on No. 2 Northern Colorado.
Ojeda led EWU against the Bears with an impressive double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, which was her eighth double-double of year.
After shooting just 1-of-7 in the first half, Ojeda made 4-of-6 shots from the floor in the second and 5-of-6 at the free-throw line to lead her team to an unbelievable comeback in the final minutes. Eastern trailed UNC the entire game, and with just over three minutes to play in regulation, the Eagles found themselves down by nine points at 55-46.
But behind the efforts of its senior captain, EWU closed out the second half on an 11-2 run to force overtime. Ojeda had six points during the surge, including the game-tying bucket that she scored with just 16 ticks left on the clock.
Ojeda was the only Eagle to convert a field goal in overtime, and she also went 3-of-4 at the charity stripe for a total of five points in the OT period. But as a team, EWU committed four turnovers off four UNC steals and made just 1-of-4 field goals, as Northern Colorado went on to win the game, 70-64.
Top-seeded Montana claimed the tournament title with a 56-43 decision over UNC in the championship game. The Lady Griz earned the automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. The complete bracket for the NCAA tournament will be announced Monday (March 18).
Eastern, with a 19-12 overall season record and top-100 RPI rating, are still hopeful for their own postseason invitation to one of two other national tournaments.
2013 Big Sky Conference Women’s Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team
Kenzie De Boer, Montana (MVP)
Katie Baker, Montana
D’shara Strange, Northern Colorado
Lauren Oosdyke, Northern Colorado
Carrie Ojeda, Eastern Washington
Alle Moreno, Sacramento State