Led by women’s basketball, Eastern ties its best-ever finish in the women’s all-sports trophy competition
The Eastern Washington University women landed among the top three schools in the Big Sky Conference in the 2009-10 All-Sports Trophy standings. The Eagles garnered 75.5 total points, finishing just behind Montana (76.0) and the 2010 BSC All-Sports Trophy winner Sacramento State (88).
Points for the All-Sports Trophy are determined based on a team’s finish in the regular-season standings for soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s basketball and football, while additional points are awarded based on a team’s finish at the Big Sky Championship in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and golf.
After capturing the regular-season title for the first time in school history, the EWU women’s basketball team earned the most points possible for a given sport at 24. The Eagles’ 12-4 conference record in 2010 marked the best season not only in head coach Wendy Schuller’s nine-year tenure, but the best since the Eagles joined the Big Sky Conference in 1987.
The EWU volleyball and women’s soccer teams also made significant contributions, tallying 19.5 and 13 points, respectively. The soccer team was the 2010 BSC regular-season runner up, while volleyball tied for second in the league race.
On the men’s side, EWU collected 47 total points to finish sixth in the final All-Sports Trophy standings. The football team was the highest point earner for Eastern, as it tied for second with Weber State, collecting 19.5 points. The men’s track team added seven points to EWU’s total after finishing fourth at the outdoor BSC championship.
Combined, the Eagles claimed the No. 4 spot in the overall athletic point standings with 135.5 total points and an 8.75 point average per sport.
The men’s and women’s overall athletic points are just two of the five criteria used to determine a winner of the Sterling Savings Presidents’ Cup, an annual award that recognizes a combination of academic and athletic achievements of student-athletes. Other established criteria include team grade point averages, graduation rates and number of all-conference performers with a grade point average above 3.0.
The winner of the 2010 President’s Cup will be announced in July after spring grades are finalized. As of April 30, EWU was in fourth place behind Sacramento State, Northern Arizona and Montana.