Nov. 22, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team was defeated by Akron 66-62 on Thursday (Nov. 22). The game was Eastern's first of two at the Oahu Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Jessica Huntington had an outstanding performance for the Eagles (1-3) today, as she contributed nine assists and 11 points. Her assist total is the highest attained by an Eastern player since Leah Gonnella had nine versus Montana State on Jan. 26, 2006. Nobody has had more than nine since Michelle Demetruk tallied 11 on Jan. 25, 2003, against Portland State.
Three other Eagles reached double-digit point totals today: Nicole Scott (14), Katy Baker (10) and Kyla Evans (10). Scott had the best shooting performance from the floor, as she hit on 7-of-10 shot attempts. Attaining a double-digit rebound figure in the game was Sydney Benson (10).
The Eagles jumped out to a 6-0 lead two minutes into the contest on a pair of three-point baskets by Huntington. Eastern Washington kept the Zips (2-2) at bay the entire half and earned its largest lead of 14 when an Evans three-point basket made the score 31-17 with 4:15 left in the half.
Unfortunately for Eastern, the Zips stormed back with a 17-2 run which culminated in Akron's first lead of the game at 34-33 with 14:39 left in the contest. Eastern Washington quickly tied the game, 34-34, and later caused a 49-all stalemate, but was unable to gain control of the lead again. The Eagles did, however, rally from a late 61-53 deficit with six straight points to pull with two at 61-59 with 54 seconds left before falling to the Zips.
The Eagles will play their second and final contest at the Oahu Classic at 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday (Nov. 24) versus Marist. The Red Foxes moved to 4-1 with a 70-66 overtime win over Utah today. The 2007 NCAA Sweet 16 participant will take on Nebraska (3-0) on Friday (Nov. 23) prior to meeting the Eagles the next day.