Nov. 15, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team was right with 2007 WNIT participant Nevada in a Thursday evening contest (Nov. 15), but the visiting Wolf Pack was able to earn a 74-68 victory. The game saw exactly one tie (at 13:28 of the second half).
The Eagles had a solid first half, controlling the entire stanza and holding a lead the first 26:32 of the game. At that point, however, it was Nevada's turn to not give up a lead, as the Wolf Pack led the rest of the way.
Eastern (1-1) reached its largest advantage of 10 at 37-27 just under five minutes into the second stanza, but the Wolf Pack responded to that deficit with a 14-0 run to take a 41-37 lead. An 11-2 run shortly followed to give the visitors its largest advantage, also at 10, at 52-42 with 9:31 on the clock.
After Nevada (2-1) tied its game-high lead of 10 twice, Eastern Washington stormed back with an 8-0 run to cut its deficit to just two at 57-55 with six minutes left. Unfortunately for Eastern that would be the closest the Eagles would get the rest of the way.
"I was really proud of our team's effort," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "We played hard. The two things that were a concern for us going into the game proved to be the concerns at the end of the game, rebounding and taking care of the basketball. We just have to have kids who can handle it and bring it up for us besides our point guard. Our decision making wasn't great and when we got frazzled, we didn't have the composure we needed to have.
"And we can't give up 31 offensive rebounds - it's amazing that we (just) lost by six. They shot the ball 31 more times than we did; that is unbelievable."
The Eagles shot 48.7 percent on the night (19-of-39), an average which was only surpassed twice in the entire 2006-07 campaign. Eastern also shot 50.0 percent from the three-point line for the second straight game (4-of-8 tonight).
Kyla Evans continued her simply amazing shooting performances at the beginning of her collegiate career. The freshman led all Eagles with 20 points tonight on 5-of-6 shooting, 3-of-3 from three-point range. She also made 7-of-9 free throws. Evans has made 80.0 percent of her three-point shots so far this young season (8-of-10).
Katy Baker also played at a high level tonight, as she tallied 18 points, bolstered by 12-of-14 shooting from the charity stripe. She came close to school records for free throw makes and attempts, held by Kathleen Nygaard (she made 14-of-18 free throws against Saint Martin's on Dec. 14, 2001). Baker had six steals against Nevada, as well, which is one from that school mark, currently held at seven by five different players.
The leading Eagle rebounder tonight was Sydney Benson with 10. She also had a game-high four blocks in the contest, which ties the junior's personal record, originally set against Idaho State on Jan. 11, 2007.
The Eagles conclude their three-game homestand to start the 2007-08 campaign with a 2:05 p.m. contest on Sunday (Nov. 18) against Washington State. The Cougars (0-2) will be playing their first road game of the season in Cheney.
"We were better tonight than we were against Montana Tech, and we have to get better every time we step on the floor," Schuller said.