March 3, 2012

Eastern Secures No. 3 Seed in Big Sky Conference Tournament

The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team has secured the No. 3 seed in the 2012 Big Sky Conference Championship, held March 8-10 in Pocatello, Idaho. Eastern (16-13, 10-6) will play No. 6 Sacramento State (12-17, 7-9) in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday (March 8). Tipoff from Reed Gym is scheduled for 4 p.m. PST. A complete tournament schedule is listed below.

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2012 Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Championship
Reed Gym | Pocatello, Idaho

(All times listed in Pacific)

Thursday (March 8)
Quarterfinal #1 - 4 p.m. – #3 Eastern Washington (10-6) vs. #6 Sacramento State (7-9)
Quarterfinal #2 – 6:30 p.m. – #4 Montana State (10-6) vs. #5 Montana (9-7)

Friday (March 9)
Semifinal #1 – 4 p.m. - #2 Northern Colorado (11-5) vs. Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinal #2 – 6:30 p.m. #1 Idaho State (13-2) vs. Lowest Remaining Seed

Saturday (March 10)
Championship – 4 p.m. – Winner of Semifinal #1 vs. Winner of Semifinal #2
Televised on Altitude 2

NOTES

-- Eastern swept Sacramento State during the regular season, with a 78-62 win in Cheney on Jan. 12, followed by a 90-84 victory in Sacramento on Feb. 4. Eastern has won its last four games in a row against the Hornets. EWU and Sac State have never met in the postseason.

-- Eastern Washington is making its third-straight appearance in the Big Sky Conference Championship, and eighth in head coach Wendy Schuller's 11-year tenure.

-- Since becoming a member of the Big Sky Conference, Eastern has advanced to the semifinals eight times and championship game once, but has never won a tournament crown. The Eagles did win the Mountain West Conference title in 1986-87 with a 77-74 win over Montana.

-- Eastern Washington is 9-16 all-time in conference tournament games (including Big Sky and Mountain West).

EWU's All-Time Results in Big Sky Conference Tournament

2011 – Semifinals (Portland, Ore.) #6 seed vs. #1 Portland State – L 62-73
2011 – Quarterfinal (Portland, Ore.) #6 seed vs. #3 Montana State – W 77-68
2010 – Semifinals (Cheney, Wash.) #1 seed vs. #6 Montana State – L 57-65
2006 – Quarterfinals (Pocatello, Idaho) #4 seed vs. #5 Weber State – L 69-74
2005 – Quarterfinals (Missoula, Mont.) # 4 seed vs. #5 Idaho State – L 55-82
2004 – Semifinals (Missoula, Mont.) #6 seed vs. #1 Montana – L 54-81
2004 – Quarterfinals (Missoula, Mont.) #6 seed vs. #3 Weber State – W 58-57
2003 – Semifinals (Ogden, Utah) #5 seed vs. #1 Weber State – L 55-64
2003 – Quarterfinals (Ogden, Utah) #5 seed vs. #4 Portland State – W 71-64
2002 – Semifinals (Ogden, Utah) #5 seed vs. #1 Weber State – L 51-68
2002 – Quarterfinals (Ogden, Utah) #5 seed vs. #4 Northern Arizona – W 70-57
2001 – Quarterfinals (Pocatello, Idaho) #6 seed vs. #3 Montana – L 55-76
2000 – Quarterfinals (Missoula, Mont.) #6 seed vs. #3 Idaho State – L 46-55
1996 – Quarterfinals (Missoula, Mont.) #6 seed vs. #3 Weber State – L 63-71
1995 – Semifinals (Missoula, Mont.) #4 seed vs. #1 Montana – L 47-72
1990 – Semifinals (Missoula, Mont.) #4 seed vs. #1 Montana – L 61-72
1988 – Championship (Missoula, Mont.) #3 seed vs. #1 Montana – L 53-79
1988 – Semifinals (Missoula, Mont.) #3 seed vs. #2 Montana State – W 81-65
*1987 – Championship (Missoula, Mont.) #2 seed vs. #1 Montana – W 77-74
*1987 – Semifinals (Missoula, Mont.) #2 seed vs. #3 Weber State – W 71-65
*1986 – Championship (Missoula, Mont.) #3 seed vs. #1 Montana – L 39-65
*1986 – Semifinals (Missoula, Mont.) #3 seed vs. #2 Idaho – W 62-60
*1985 – Semifinals (Moscow, Idaho) #3 seed vs. #2 Montana – L 65-66
*1984 – Championship (Missoula, Mont.) #2 seed vs. #1 Montana – L 62-77
*1984 – Semifinals (Missoula, Mont.) #2 seed vs. #3 Idaho – W 82-71

* Mountain West Conference

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