November 25, 2013

@EWUWBB Will Spend Thanksgiving In Las Vegas At South Point Shootout

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vs. No. 23/15 Iowa State vs. Butler
Friday, Nov. 29 | 7:30 p.m. PST Saturday, Nov. 30 | 5 p.m. PST
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The Eastern Washington women's basketball team will spend Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., taking part in the competitive South Point Thanksviging Shootout. The Eagles will take on No. 23/15 Iowa State on Friday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. before squaring off with Butler on Saturday at 5 p.m. Both games will take place in the South Point Arena.

EWU's tilts with Iowa State and Butler will mark the first-ever meetings between the two programs. Eastern is 0-6 all-time versus teams from the Big XII and 0-4 all-time against programs from the BIG EAST.

Eastern (0-3) will face its second ranked opponent in as many games when it faces the Cyclones. The Eagles fell, 78-58, at then-No. 24/25 Gonzaga on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in a game more competitive than the outcome indicates. Senior Laura Hughes continued her impressive start to the season, going for 18 points and a game-high six rebounds against the Bulldogs, shooting 50 percent from the field (8-16). Junior Lexie Nelson poured in 17 points, buring three triples and finishing a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. EWU also hung with the much taller Bulldogs on the glass, grabbing 36 rebounds to GU's 38. Eastern turned 13 offensive rebounds into 13 second-chance points while Gonzaga grabbed 11 offensive boards, scoring 12 second-chance points.

Freshman Bethany Montgomery enjoyed a coming-out pary of sorts against Gonzaga, going for eight points on 4-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes off the bench. She added a team-high four asissts while grabbing three rebounds. Prior to that outing, she had just two points, one rebound and one assist through two games.

Iowa State (4-0) is coming off a 24-win campaign a season ago, reaching the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. Only one of ISU's four games this season has been remotely close as the Cyclones' narrowest margin of victory is 16 points over South Dakota. Iowa State is outscoring opponents by an average of 30.8 points per game. Hallie Christofferson is averaging 26.8 points and 8.5 rebounds in the Cyclones' four games this season, shooting 56.9 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range. Nikki Moody is the only other ISU player to average double figures, scoring an average of 11.8 points per game while also averaging 5.8 assists per outing.

Butler (1-4) enters the weekend on a four-game losing streak, dropping a pair of overtime contests in that stretch. The Bulldogs won 17 games a year ago, losing in the first round of the WNIT to Toledo, 63-49. Daress McClung leads three players in double figures with an average of 15.2 points per game on 46 percent shooting. She is also the team's leading rebounder, averaging 6.8 boards per game. Liz Stratman (13.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Taylor Schippers (13.6 ppg, 39.1 3FG%) are BU's other scoring threats.

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