Eagles Host San Diego on Thursday, Oregon State on Tuesday to Wrap Up Four-Game Home Stand

Eastern focused on refining its own game, as it prepares for opponents from the WCC and Pac-12


Upcoming Games/Coverage

EWU vs. San Diego
Thursday, Nov. 17 - 6:05 p.m. Pacific
Reese Court - Cheney Wash. 
Webcast: http://www.bigskytv.org
Live Stats: http://web.ewu.edu/groups/athletics/wbasketball/wblivestats/xlive.htm
All-Time Series: San Diego leads 4-0
In Cheney: n/a
Streak: San Diego 4
Last Meeting: San Diego 72-61 (12/18/10 in San Diego, Calif.)

EWU vs. Oregon State
Tuesday, Nov. 22 - 6:05 p.m. Pacific
Reese Court - Cheney Wash. 
Webcast: http://www.bigskytv.org
Live Stats: http://web.ewu.edu/groups/athletics/wbasketball/wblivestats/xlive.htm
All-Time Series: OSU leads 6-3
In Cheney: EWU leads 3-1
Streak: OSU 4
Last Meeting: OSU 64-60 (12/21/10 in Corvallis, Ore.)

After going 1-1 in its season opening weekend, the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team will look to add a couple more tallies to the win column when it hosts two quality opponents at Reese Court in the week ahead. The Eagles play San Diego on Thursday (Nov. 17) and then host Oregon State next Tuesday (Nov. 22). Both games are scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. tipoff.

Eastern opened the 2011-12 campaign with an 89-54 rout of Corban, in which four different Eagles scored in double figures. But in the first test against a Division I school, the Eagles faltered with a 90-69 loss to Hofstra.

"Hofstra was a very good team," said EWU head coach Wendy Schuller. "And because of that, they were able to expose some of the bad things we've been doing. We know we have more tough competition ahead in San Diego and Oregon State, but right now, we are truly more concerned with ourselves. We need to get a lot better. It starts with point guard play and taking care of the basketball, and then moves forward from there. We are really focused on getting ourselves in the right place and playing the type of basketball we want to play."

Eastern played both San Diego and Oregon State on the road during the 2010-11 season.

Despite recording a higher field-goal percentage than the Toreros and hitting a season-high 11 three pointers, the Eagles lost at USD by a score of 72-61. The Toreros hit 26-of-31 free throw attempts in the game, including six in the final minute and a half. The Eagles managed to get to the line only three times in that 2010 meeting.

San Diego, out of the West Coast Conference, returns only two starters from its 2010-11 squad that ended up 17-14 on the season. Among those returning starters though is senior forward Morgan Woodrow, who scored 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting against EWU last season.

The Toreros have played one game this season against Cal State San Marcos, which they won 80-56. Woodrow lead USD in that game as well with 18 points on 7-of-8 from the field.

"San Diego is going to be a tough matchup," said Schuller. "They come from a good basketball conference in the WCC, and I know Cindy [Fisher, head coach] has been coaching for a long time and does a very good job of getting her team to play hard. San Diego has some extreme talent on their roster. We know it's going to be a battle."

In the 2010 meeting with Oregon State, the Eagles lost by a very narrow four-point margin. Eastern fell behind early in the contest, but was able to erase a 17-point deficit to make it a one possession game with less than a minute remaining. The Eagles came up just short on their final possession, resulting in the 64-60 loss.

The Beavers, which play in the competitive Pac-12 Conference, return four of five starters from that 2010-11 squad. OSU went 2-0 to open the 2011-12 season, which includes a 30-point victory against Big Sky member, Montana State, which was picked fourth in the preseason coaches' poll. EWU was tabbed seventh.

Against the Bobcats, Oregon State had two players with 20+ points, while as a team, it held MSU to 32 percent shooting from the floor. The Beavers have scored a combined 179 points in its first two games of the year.

News & Notes

One Night, Three Career-Highs  - In Eastern's season opener against Corban (Nov. 11), three different Eagles posted career-high scoring numbers - and ironically, those numbers were the same for each player. Junior Carrie Ojeda and sophomores Laura Hughes and Chenise Pakootas all had 12 tallies against the Warriors. Ojeda's previous career high was 11 points, while Hughes and Pakootas' was 10. And although it wasn't a career-high, it should be noted that senior Brianne Ryan also scored 12 points against Corban.

Eagles Lead Scoring in Week 1 - After the first week of the 2011-12 women's basketball season, Eastern is leading the conference in scoring offense (79.0/game). The Eagles scored the most points of any Big Sky team in week 1 when they poured in 89 against Corban (Nov. 11) in the season opener.

Freshmen on the Floor - Eastern has two freshmen this season who are expected to play significant roles in their rookie seasons. Melissa Williams, a 6-1 forward, has earned a spot in Eastern's starting lineup. The Camas, Wash., native leads the team in rebounding and is among the top 10 in the big Sky Conference, averaging 7.5 per game. Point guard Kylie Huerta has 16.5 minutes in Eastern's first two games of the season, and has tallied four assists and three steals. Huerta was an Associated Press 4A All-State Honorable Mention and two-time South Puget Sound League North Division Player of the Year out of Kentwood High School, which is the same school that produced Gonzaga legend and current WNBA star Courtney Vandersloot, as well as Nebraska standout/two-time All-Big 12 honoree, Lindsey Moore. Kentwood is also the alma-mater of EWU men's basketball legend, Rodney Stuckey.

Big Numbers for 11-12 - At 17 players deep, the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team begins the 2011-12 season with the biggest roster in head coach Wendy Schuller's 11-year tenure. This roster includes three returning starters from 2010-11, six other returning letterwinners, two returning redshirts, one non-lettering squad member, one transfer and four freshmen.

Building Cred in the Big Sky - The Eagles are coming off their second-straight postseason appearance. In 2010, Eastern earned an automatic bid to the Big Sky Conference semifinals after winning the regular-season title. In last year's Big Sky tourney, Eastern advanced the semis again after a 77-68 victory agaisnt Montana State in the quarterfinal round, which actually marked the first postseason win for EWU since the 2004 campaign. Eastern has earned 20 Big Sky Conference wins over the past two years, which is more than the Eagles had in the previous four seasons combined. In 2009-10, EWU captured the school's first-ever Big Sky regular-season title with a 12-4 league record.

Academic Excellence - In the past 10 seasons, Eastern Washington women's basketball players have been honored 81 times on the Big Sky All-Academic list, which is the most for any women's basketball team in the league. The Eagles have also been recognized on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Honor Roll for nine of the past 10 seasons. Eastern was among the top five academic teams in the nation in seven of those 10 years, including the 2003-04 campaign, in which the team placed first nationally with a 3.63 cumulative grade point average.

Fast Look at the Starting Five...

Brianne Ryan | Senior | G/F | 5-10 | Lynden, Wash.
• 2011 All-Big Sky First Team, 2010 Big Sky Co-Defensive Player of the Year
• Scored 29 points in 21 minutes in Eastern's exhibition game versus Warner Pacific (Nov. 6), and reached double figures in EWU's first two official games of the season against Corban and Hofstra.
• Ryan is on the EWU career record book "watch list" in five different categories, including games played, points, field goals made and 3-pt. field goals made.
• Younger sister, Kayleigh, is a freshman on the EWU women's basketball team, and mother, Neil Ann, also played hoops for EWU from 1979-82. Neil Ann is still the third-leading rebounder in school history with 1,008 career boards.
Melissa Williams | Freshman | F | 6-1 | Camas, Wash.
• Leads the Eagle squad in rebounding and ranks among the top 10 in the Big Sky, averaging 7.5 per game.
• Had an impressive all-around performance in EWU's season opener against Corban, as she tallied seven points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.
• Member of the EWU Honors Program, and plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy.
• A 2011 graduate of Camas (Wash.) High School, WIlliams was selected as the 2010 Greater St. Helen's League Player of the Year and the Columbian's All-Region Player of the Year.
Carrie Ojeda | Junior | C | 6-1 | Tacoma, Wash.
• Earned her second-career double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds against Corban (Nov. 11). She was one of only five players in the league to notch a double-double in the first week of the season.
• Averages 2.5 blocked shots per game to lead the Big Sky Conference
• Among the top three in the Big Sky with a .727 (8-11) field goal percentage on the season/
Aubrey Ashenfelter | Sophomore | G | 6-0 | Portland, Ore.
• Posted a career-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting against Hofstra (Nov. 13).
• Ranks in the top 10 of the Big Sky in scoring (14.5/game), field goal percentage (.529), free throw percentage (.889) and 3-pt. field goals made (1.5/game).
• Was the only true freshman to play in all 31 games of the 2010-11 season, and the only EWU freshman named to the Big Sky All-Academic team.
Chene Cooper | Senior | G | 5-0 | Puyallup, Wash.
• 2011 All-Big Sky Honorable Mention, after finishing the year ranked second in the league in assists (5.1/game) and steals (2.3/game).
• Ranks third all-time in the EWU record book for career steals (174) and eighth in career assists (317). She is on the "watch list" for games played, as well as free throws made and attempted. Cooper owned the top free throw percentage of all players in the Big Sky last season at 86.0 (80-93), which also marked the best single-season average in EWU history.
• A five-feet even, Cooper is the shortest listed player on any 2011-12 Big Sky roster, and believed to be the shortest in Division I women's basketball.

View: Mobile | Desktop