November 24, 2007

Eagles Fall to Marist at Oahu Classic

Nov. 24, 2007

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team was defeated by Marist, a team which not only played in the 2007 NCAA Sweet 16 but also defeated Utah and Nebraska the last two nights, by a 74-50 score on Saturday (Nov. 24). The game concluded Eastern's play at the Oahu Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Eagles (1-4) fell behind early by a large margin, as the Red Foxes (6-1) jumped out to 12-2 and 21-6 advantages before the mid-way point of the opening stanza. Although the Eagles got down by as many as 18 with 4:37 left (31-13), Eastern rallied with a 12-4 run to pull within 10 just before the half, 35-25.

Right after the break, an Amy Bratvold three cut the deficit to single digits at nine, 37-28. Unfortunately for the Eagles, it shot right back up to 19 at 51-32 with an 11-1 Red Fox run, and EWU would not be able to get back into the contest.

"We went into a zone and they knocked down three threes (in 78 seconds)," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "Those were staggering blows to us that were tough to recover from.

"Marist is a very good team and showed today why they beat Ohio State (in the NCAA Tournament) last year. They are as good a basketball team as we will play this year. We have to grow from this experience and do a better job executing offensively; that will lead to better shots for us."

Marist was helped by its advantage in shooting percentage over the Eagles. The Red Foxes made 26-of-54 shots (48.1 percent), while EWU hit on 20-of-57 shots (35.1 percent). Marist had a 37-30 advantage in rebounds.

The Eagles return to action on Friday (Nov. 30) with a 7:05 p.m. contest against UC Irvine (2-3). The game with the Anteaters starts another three-game homestand for Eastern, who began the 2007-08 campaign with three consecutive home games.

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