Dec. 29, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team was defeated by local rival Gonzaga 97-61 on Saturday evening (Dec. 29) at the Kennel in Spokane. Sydney Benson contributed a double-double, her second of the season, to Eastern's effort with team-leading totals of 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Tonight's game stopped a trend of very close games between the rivals, as seven of the last eight meetings had been decided by seven points or less.
The difference in tonight's contest came in the first 10 minutes, as the Bulldogs (8-5) jumped out to a commanding 26-6 lead. The Eagles did immediately respond with nine straight points to cut their deficit to a manageable 26-15 margin, but that would be the closest Eastern would get tonight.
The largest differences on the stats sheet were in the turnover and three-point shooting categories. The Eagles committed 23 turnovers, while GU only turned the ball over nine times, while the Bulldogs made nine more three-point baskets (12-of-25) than Eastern (3-of-13).
The overall shooting percentages tonight were relatively similar (48.0 percent for Gonzaga, 44.1 percent for Eastern), while the Bulldogs out-rebounded the Eagles by a tight 43-37 margin.
Four Eagles made more than half of their shots tonight: Benson (7-of-12), Amy Bratvold (4-of-5), Kyla Evans (3-of-5, all on three-point shots) and Kari Darnell (1-of-1). Bratvold had 10 points in the contest, while Evans contributed nine. Katy Baker had four assists in the contest.
The crowd of 2,105 was the largest to see an Eastern game so far this season.
The Eagles (3-10) now look ahead to a fresh start and the commencement of Big Sky Conference play, as Eastern will head on the road to take on Northern Arizona (4-9) and Sacramento State (2-9 and play Portland on Sunday). The Lumberjacks and Eastern will face off at 5:35 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday (Jan. 3), while the Eagles will take on the Hornets at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 5).