Nov. 10, 2008
The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team ended its short exhibition campaign on a resounding note, dispatching Warner Pacific by a 90-47 score on Monday evening (Nov. 10).
The Eagles forced WPC to commit 28 turnovers in the contest. In comparison, the last time Eastern Washington forced an opponent to that high of a turnover count was nearly two years ago, when the Eagles forced Washington to commit 29 on Nov. 21, 2006.
Eastern Washington also had 15 steals in the game – a total the team had not reached in a regulation contest since tallying 19 against Northern Colorado on March 1, 2007.
The last time the Eagles defeated a team by 43 or more points in a regular-season game came on Feb. 1, 1985, when Eastern outscored Idaho State, 118-73.
Leading the Eagles in scoring today was Kyla Evans, as she had 15 points. The sophomore shot 4-of-10 from three-point range and 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
Both Meaghan White and Cameryn Calhoun shot 4-of-6 for the floor to record double-digit point totals with 13 and 10 tallies, respectively (White made three more free throws than Calhoun).
Setting the Eagle pace in rebounds tonight was Brianne Ryan with eight. Jessica Huntington had three assists, and Brianne Ryan contributed four steals.
The Eagles took control of the contest right from the get-go, taking a dominating 16-4 lead six minutes into the game. The Eagle edge did not get below eight the rest of the way and reached as high as 43 when a White jumper earned Eastern its final two points of its 90-47 win.
Eastern trailed in the rebounding category, 17-16, at the half but really responded after the break, as the Eagles led the second half in that category by a 28-9 margin.
“The second half was a lot better than the first in terms of our effort level going to the glass,” Schuller said. “Defensively, however, we still have a lot of work to do. We fouled way too much.
Eastern Washington as a team saw many players get on the court for playing time, as all 14 Eagles played at least six minutes. Nobody played more than 24 minutes.
“Our six freshmen got a lot of minutes and did some good things for us,” Schuller said. “We still have a lot of growth in front of us, and we are going to get a good quick dose of Division I basketball on Friday at Nevada.”
The team now looks ahead to its first official game of the 2008-09 season, which tips at 7 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 14) against Nevada in Reno. The Eagles beat Central Washington in their first exhibition game on Nov. 2 by a 67-65 score, while the Wolf Pack dispatched Sonoma State 69-51 on Friday (Nov. 7) in its lone exhibition contest.