Gonzaga uses big second half to pull away from the Eagles Tuesday night in Spokane
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team was down 35-31 heading into halftime against Gonzaga, but the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half to hand Eastern an 87-61 loss Tuesday night (Dec. 1) in Spokane, Wash.
The Eagles will now play three-straight home games at Reese Court, starting first with Cal State Northridge this Friday (Dec. 4) at 7:05 p.m. Eastern will then take on Montana Tech at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 12 and Cal Poly on Wednesday Dec. 16 with tip off set for 7:05 p.m.
Leading the Eagles in scoring for the second-straight game was reserve point guard Chene Cooper, who finished the game with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 2-of-2 from the arc. Cooper also dished out five assists.
Forward Julie Piper finished the night in double figures, with 12 points and 10 rebounds but also had seven turnovers. Huntington ended up with 10 points and three assists for the game.
Eastern, now 4-3 on the season, shot 45.6 percent from the field while the Bulldogs shot 54.5 percent. The Eagles were out-rebounded 42-23 and committed 23 turnovers, two more than the Bulldogs finished with.
The Bulldogs scored the first 12 points of the game, but the Eagles battled back to take the lead at 29-28 at the 1:47 minute mark in the first half. Eagles point guard Jessica Huntington had seven points in the 15-0 run to bring the Eagles back.
Gonzaga scored the first six points of the second half, giving them a 41-31 advantage. The closest Eastern came after that was six, and the largest lead on the night for the Bulldogs was 33 points which came with 2:36 left in the second half.