Eagles Claim Season-Opening Contest

Nov. 10, 2006

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The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team claimed its season-opening contest by a 75-69 score over Montana Tech after breaking away from a 67-all tie with 2:02 remaining. The game was played on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 10) at Spokane Community College.

In a very even contest statistically (EWU shot 42.9 percent, while the Orediggers shot at a 41.8 percent clip), the Eagles' leading point scorer was Joanna Chadd, who tallied 16 points. Also in double digits were Brittney Osborn (14) and Katy Baker (13).

Leading rebounders for Eastern were Baker (7), Osborn (5) and Jessica Huntington (5).

Eastern Washington also served a dominating presence inside, as evidenced by its 10-0 block advantage. The squad was led in that category by Nicole Scott (4) and Tara Holgate (3).

Montana Tech took the early advantage in the contest by jumping to 13-4 and 15-6 leads, its largest advantages of the contest. After the Orediggers held a 30-22 lead with 4:28 left in the first half, Eastern went on a 12-2 run to take a two-point just before halftime, 34-32. The score at the break was 34-all.

At the beginning of the second half, Montana Tech took a 43-40 lead, but Eastern Washington stormed back by going on a 14-2 run to grab a 54-45 edge, its largest of the game. After Montana Tech rallied to tie the contest, 62-62, with 4:24 left, the squads stayed close until a 67-all stalemate with 2:02 remaining. At that point, EWU ran off seven straight points to go up, 74-67, with 35 seconds left on its way to the 75-69 win.

Eastern Washington next travels to California and takes on UC Irvine at 7 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 13). The next home contest for the Eagles takes place next Friday as Corban College comes to Cheney for a 7:05 p.m. game.

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