Dec. 2, 2006
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team (3-5) lost a tough game to the Washington State University Cougars (2-5) on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 2) by a 76-70 score. The game was another tight one between the teams as, including this contest, the squads have seen their last four meetings be decided by a total of just 11 points.
After heading into the halftime break with just five points, Joanna Chadd ended the contest with 23 points, the third-highest total in her career at Eastern. Also scoring in double figures for the Eagles were Ashley Knight (14) and Phynique Allen (12). The rebounding leader was Sydney Benson, who came within one of her career high, securing 10 boards today.
The first half played out like none have for the Eagles thus far in 2006-07, as the teams traded leads eight times in a seven-minute stretch. After a Washington State basket started off the game's scoring, the Eagles ran off eight straight points for a 10-2 lead. Chadd started off Eastern's scoring with a swished three for the second straight game.
Following that Eagle run, the Cougars went on a 13-4 run to take a 15-14 advantage, shooting 4-of-4 at the tail end of the run. Starting with that lead change, the squads proceeded to accumulate eight lead changes over the next seven minutes. To put that in comparison, the previous high for lead changes in an entire game so far this season is 10 (versus Montana Tech on Nov. 10). Neither team was able to go up by more than two points in that time span.
In the last several minutes of the half, the Eagles went on a 7-2 run to grab a four-point lead, 32-28, with 2:51 remaining. The Cougars closed the gap to one before the buzzer, as Eastern went into the locker room up by one, 34-33.
After the teams traded baskets to start the second half, the Eagles broke away from a 36-all tie with nine straight points for its largest lead of the game to that point of nine, 45-36. The lead would get as high as 11 at 54-43 following a Chadd three with 12:04 left. The Cougars rallied, however, using an 8-2 run to get within five at 56-51 and a 16-0 run to grab a 67-60 lead, securing the 10th and final lead change of the contest. At that point, six straight Eastern points brought EWU to within one at 67-66, but WSU went on a 9-4 WSU run to conclude the game.
The Eagles return to action in their first home game since Nov. 21 this coming Saturday (Dec. 9), as the Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-3 with two games to play before that date) pay a visit to Reese Court. Tip-off is at 2:05 p.m.