Eagles Finish 2-0 in Exhibition Play, Take on Portland on Saturday
Eastern Washington knocks off Warner Pacific 69-46 in final exhibition contest of campaign
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team finished the exhibition portion of its 2009-10 schedule with a 2-0 mark after defeating Warner Pacific, 69-46, on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 7). The Eagles now look ahead to their season opener at Portland next Saturday (Nov. 14).
In today's game, Tatjana Sparavalo and Kyla Evans each had 16 points to set the game pace, while Jessica Huntington tallied 10 points in the contest. Leading the contest in rebounds was Nicole Scott, as she had seven. Huntington led the team in assists with four.
The Eagles jumped out to a 19-6 lead on a three from Sparavalo with 10:07 to go in the opening stanza and extended their advantage to 15 at 25-10 with 7:07 to play in the half.
At that point, however, the visiting Knights started chipping away at their deficit and would cut it to two, 46-44, with 8:42 to play in the contest. The Eagles then responded by proceeding to score the next 15 points to take a commanding 61-44 lead on their way to the 69-46 win.
"Warner Pacific came and battled," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "It was a physical game, and I am proud of our players for stepping up when we needed defensive stops. We made a couple of big buckets and extended the lead (in the 15-0 run). But we have to play with that level of intensity for 40 minutes.
"Warner Pacific exposed some things that we need to work on, and I thought in the first half we did not rebound very aggressively. But we have to give them credit for coming in and really giving us a war."
Eastern's first game of the 2009-10 campaign will tip off at 5 p.m. on Saturday on the UP campus. The Pilots defeated Concordia (Ore.), 63-53, in their first exhibition game on Wednesday (Nov. 4) and will play Warner Pacific on Wednesday (Nov. 11).