Jan. 12, 2008
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team was defeated by Weber State 68-49 on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 12). Today wrapped up a brief two-game home stand for the Eagles, as Eastern is in the midst of a stretch of 9-of-11 contests away from home.
The Eagles were hurt by a shooting drought in the second half, as Eastern made 47.6 percent of their first-half attempts (10-of-21), but were only successful on 23.1 percent of their shots after the break (6-of-26). The rebounding difference was minor, as WSU led that category 38-33, but the Wildcats only committed 13 turnovers today compared to Eastern's 22.
The Eagles were without the services of Katy Baker and Kyla Evans today and down to eight active players. Baker tore both her anterior cruciate ligament and her lateral meniscus and will miss the rest of the season, while Evans was out today with a foot injury. The two are leading the team in points per game (Evans is first, Baker second).
Individually, Tatjana Sparavalo led the Eagles today with 16 points, while Sydney Benson had 13 to go with a game-high nine rebounds. Jessica Huntington contributed four assists and a career-high total of four steals.
Weber State gradually pulled away throughout the game and never allowed Eastern to take a lead. The Wildcats were up 15-8 early and were up by as many as 11 in the first half, 28-17 with 8:13 on the clock. After the break, Weber State continued its hot play at the end of the first half and used an 11-4 run spanning both halves to go up by 14 at 39-25. The last time EWU was within single digits was 44-35 with 11:42 to go.
"I thought we had players today step back and wait for someone else to do something," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "We've got to toughen up; we still have a whole season in front of us. I just thought our energy level and effort today was awful."
The Eagles now head back on the road, playing their next four contests away from home before returning for a home contest versus Sacramento State on Feb. 7. Eastern Washington has one game this coming week, at Northern Colorado, and that begins at 6:05 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday (Jan. 17).