November 13, 2006

Eagles 2-0 For First Time in 10 Years

Nov. 13, 2006

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team moved to 2-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season with a dominating 80-60 road win over UC Irvine on Monday evening (Nov. 13). Eastern went on a 22-5 run early in the second half to break open the game and remain unbeaten. The Eagles last went 3-0 in 1984-85 and play host to Corban at 7:05 p.m. on Friday in their last contest.

The Eagles were led in the contest by Katy Baker, who recorded a double-double, tallying 16 points and 11 rebounds, her first in just the Southern Utah transfer's second game as an Eagle.

Three other Eagles contributed double-digit point totals: Ashley Knight (14), Tara Holgate (10) and Joanna Chadd (10). Strong on the glass was Sydney Benson, who contributed nine rebounds, as Eastern led the rebounding battle with the Anteaters, 51-37.

The first half was competitive throughout, as neither team could garner greater than a five-point lead. Leah Gonnella earned her only three points of the night in timely fashion, giving Eastern its largest lead of the game up to that point of three (33-30). That basket with 23 seconds left served as the final points for either team of the half.

Shortly after the break, Eastern Washington quickly put space between itself and the Anteaters. A 37-35 lead with 18:45 remaining became 59-40 with 11:23 left after Eastern's 22-5 run. From that point through the final buzzer, EWU's lead fluctuated from 15-21 points, as the Eagles held on for the win.

The Eagles now look ahead to its first game of 2006-07 to take place at Reese Court. After Eastern Washington plays the Warriors (2-1) on Friday. Following that contest, No. 25 Washington pays its first visit to Cheney in 16 years to play a 5:30 p.m. game on Nov. 21.

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