Eagles Drop Game to Gaels

Dec. 20, 2006

Final Stats

The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team (4-8) was defeated by Saint Mary's (4-7), 74-66, Wednesday evening (Dec. 20) in Moraga, Calif. The Eagles were led by the outstanding performance of Joanna Chadd, who hit on 9-of-14 shot attempts, including 3-of-4 from three-point land, and scored 24 points, just one off the senior's career high.


Also scoring in double figures for Eastern was Katy Baker, as she scored 10 or more points for the sixth time in 2006-07, tallying exactly 10. She and Sydney Benson led the Eagles in rebounding with eight apiece. Benson stole four Gael passes, as well. Phynique Allen served as the assist leader on the night, accumulating five, while Baker contributed four.


Saint Mary's scored the first nine points of the game to take command of the contest. Eastern Washington was not about to go away, however, rallying with a 16-7 run to take its first lead of the game, 16-14, on a Chadd three with 9:59 remaining in the half.


An 11-2 run by Saint Mary's would earn the Gaels a 29-20 edge with 3:52 remaining, and Saint Mary's would go up by as many as 15 (37-22) before going into the locker room with an eight-point edge, 37-29.


The Gaels' advantage in the second half ranged from 5-11 points until Eastern climbed back into the game midway through the stanza. A pair of Allen free throws completed a seven-point run and drew the Eagles to within two at 52-50.


After the Gaels pulled away with a 6-0 run, Eastern went on a 7-0 run of its own to pull to within 58-57 with just 5:35 remaining.


Unfortunately for EWU, the Gaels pulled away for one final time with six straight points and would hold on for an eight-point win.


Eastern Washington next plays on New Year's Eve, taking on Portland at 1:05 p.m. that day. The Pilots are 7-6 and play host to Utah Valley State three days before playing EWU. Big Sky Conference play for the Eagles commences on Jan. 4 at Montana State.

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