Feb. 8, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team was unable to defeat Weber State in Ogden, Utah, in a Big Sky Conference game played Thursday evening (Feb. 8), falling to the Wildcats by a 73-56 score. Phynique Allen was able to lead the Eagles (7-17, 2-9 BSC) in scoring for the fourth time this season, as she poured in 16 points against the Wildcats (14-10, 9-2 BSC) and nailed all eight free throws.
Katy Baker, meanwhile scored 10 points of her own and set the Eagle rebounding pace with nine. Nicole Scott also had 10 points, while Sydney Benson contributed eight boards. The Eagles as a team out-rebounded WSU, 35-32.
The initial part of the contest was nip-and-tuck, as Eastern rallied from an early 11-4 deficit with eight straight points to take an 11-10 lead. Later, Eastern Washington would grab a 14-13 advantage, the fourth lead change of the game, and extend it to 18-13 on the strength of a 6-0 run.
The largest lead of the game for EWU was six (24-18) but, following three more lead changes, Weber State went into the locker room with a 34-30 edge after scoring the last five points of the stanza.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, Eastern would not reclaim its lead. It got as close as three at 42-39 with 14:21 remaining, but Weber State would gradually pull away and win by 17, its largest margin of the contest.
In a statistical oddity, both Eastern Washington and Weber State shot exactly 22-of-53 (41.5 percent) in the contest. The Wildcats were able to take advantage of having made more three-point shots (9-1), free throws (20-11) and forcing 24 turnovers compared to their own total of 15.
The Wildcats are currently in second place in the Big Sky standings, trailing Montana (21-2, 9-1 BSC).
The Eagles now will take a week off from competition and return to action at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash., next Thursday (Feb. 15) to take on Portland State at 7:05 p.m. The Vikings are 9-14, 5-5 in Big Sky play, and play host to Weber State on Saturday.