March 1, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team (10-18, 5-10 Big Sky Conference) had conflicting emotions on Thursday night (March 1).
The Eagles earned a dominating 68-47 victory over visiting Northern Colorado (5-23, 2-13 BSC) with its largest margin of victory over an NCAA Division I team this season, but also learned that Portland State defeated Northern Arizona, 73-65, to eliminate the Eagles from postseason consideration and clinch itself the final spot in the Big Sky Tournament.
The Eagles were led tonight by Brittney Osborn, who came off the bench to score 16 points and steal six balls, with three of those coming in a 1:33 span 13 minutes into the first half. The steal total ties an Eagle season high for the year (Katy Baker also had six versus Weber State on Jan. 26). Osborn has now scored in double figures on nine occasions this season.
Amanda Murdoch doubled her previous career high of six points (versus Davidson on Dec. 18), as the freshman contributed 12 points to the Eagle effort. Phynique Allen also reached double figures, as she had 10 points in the contest. She has now scored in double figures five straight games and 14 overall in 2006-07.
The Eagles essentially pulled away from the opening tip-off and never looked back. A 6-0 lead quickly became 28-8 and Eastern coasted to the locker rooms at the break up, 38-20. The second half was more of the same, as Eastern saw its lead fluctuate between 15-25 points and cruised home. The largest edge of 64-39 was reached with 4:31 on the clock.
Eastern Washington will play its final game of the 2006-07 season on Saturday (March 3) versus Northern Arizona. Tip-off for the contest with the Lumberjacks (17-11, 10-5 BSC) is set for 2:05 p.m. The contest will be the last played in an Eagle uniform for Joanna Chadd and Leah Gonnella.