Dec. 18, 2007
Even though the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team had its highest point total in 31 games, the visiting Eagles were outlasted by hot-shooting San Francisco on Tuesday night (Dec. 18) by a 95-86 score.
"I was really pleased overall," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "Our players did a good job executing; it's a loss that is a step forward for us in terms of playing together and looking like a solid basketball team. I was pleased with our team and our effort and I felt as good about this game as I have about any game this season. Tonight was a real good step toward getting ready for Big Sky Conference play.
"San Francisco is a very good team. They shot the heck out of the ball. We thought that eventually the percentages would catch up (USF entered the game shooting 41 percent from the floor and 32 percent on three-point attempts and shot 57 and 56 percent tonight in those respective categories), but that's basketball."
The Eagles were led by Nicole Scott's 20 points, tied for the second-highest point total earned by an Eastern player this year and three off of her career high. The sophomore made 7-of-12 baskets, including 3-of-6 from three-point territory. She also had six rebounds in the game.
Katy Baker had a game-high six assists and scored 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while three other Eagles also contributed double-digit point totals: Kyla Evans (14), Sydney Benson (12) and Tatjana Sparavalo (12). Setting the Eagle pace in rebounds tonight was Amy Bratvold, as she tallied eight, a career high for the freshman.
San Francisco (8-4) had control of the game from the outset, although the Eagles (3-8) rallied late on the strength of six straight points to pull to within five points at 84-79 with 2:25 left. At that point, however, a 5-0 Don run put the game out of reach for Eastern.
The game got out to a promising start when Evans nailed a three-pointer 13 seconds in, but a three-point response from USF 17 seconds later erased Eastern's lone lead of the contest. The Eagles were down by as many as 19 at 71-52 with 10:36 left in the game before rallying.
Eastern Washington will continue its road trip to the Golden State with a game at Pacific at 7 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 21). After the team heads home for Christmas break, the Eagles will return to action against Spokane-area rivals Gonzaga on Dec. 29. That game will top off at 5 p.m. that day on the GU campus.
The last time the Eagles and Bulldogs met marked the last time Eastern Washington had scored as many points as it did tonight. That contest, played on the Eastern campus on Dec. 9, 2006, was a 103-102 overtime thriller won by the Bulldogs.