Eagles shoot their way out of recent slump with victory to open Big Sky Conference play
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team broke a three-game losing streak with a 90-85 victory over Sacramento State Thursday (Dec. 31) in Sacramento, Calif., to open Big Sky Conference play.
The Eagles entered halftime with a 48-45 lead and never trailed in the second half. Eastern was up by as many as 13 points in the second half, but the Hornets battled back to come within two points with 22 seconds remaining. Chene Cooper was fouled and made both free throw attempts to put the game on ice for EWU.
Brianne Ryan turned in a double-double for the second game in a row, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kyla Evans had a team-high 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-8 from the three-point line.
Julie Piper and Cooper added 12 points each, and Tatjana Sparavalo also scored in double figures with 10 points. Point guard Jessica Huntington contributed all over the court, scoring nine points, dishing out 10 assists and pulling down seven rebounds.
Eastern shot 50 percent from the field, including 47.8 percent on 11-of-23 shooting from behind the arc. Coming into the game, the Eagles were shooting 38 percent from the field as a team. The Hornets shot 40.8 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Eagles 49-38. Both teams combined for 50 three-point attempts.
The Eagles (7-6 overall, 1-0 BSC) will be back in action at Reese Court against Montana on Jan. 8 and Montana State on Jan. 9. Both games are set to tip-off at 7:05 p.m.