December 8, 2007

Eagles Toppled on Road by Portland

Dec. 8, 2007

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team met a team on a run on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 5) and the Portland Pilots were too much for Eastern, 85-58. The host Pilots are off to one of the best starts in school history at 7-3, which includes a 2-1 mark against Pacific-10 Conference competition.

The Eagles were led in scoring by Kyla Evans, who tallied 20 points in the contest on 8-of-15 shooting (4-of-6 from the three-point line). Also contributing a double-digit point total today was Katy Baker, as she had 12. Sydney Benson set the game pace on the glass with eight rebounds, while Jessica Huntington had seven assists in the game.

The Eagles (2-7) played well in most aspects of the game but were burned by their 28 turnovers (Portland had 13). Eastern shot 44.2 percent in the contest (23-of-52), while Portland shot at a 44.4 percent clip (32-of-72). The Pilots out-rebounded EWU by a 40-35 margin in the game.

Portland pulled away late in the first half, as a Pilot three-point edge with 6:02 left, 25-22, was extended to 13 at 35-22 after UP scored 10 straight points. The Pilots' halftime advantage would be 17 at 40-23. The Pilots cruised to their win in the second half after not allowing Eastern to get closer than 17 in that stanza.

The Eagles now put their focus on academics, as EWU will have final exams this week. Eastern then returns to the basketball court on Saturday (Dec. 15) with a 2:05 p.m. home contest versus Great Falls (5-5 with a home game versus Augustana tonight). That will be Eastern Washington's final home game until Jan. 10, as the Eagles will follow the Great Falls game with five straight road contests.

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