The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team shot 54 percent from the field in route to a 87-60 victory over the Montana Tech Orediggers Saturday at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.
Up next for the Eagles (6-3) is Cal Poly on Wednesday Dec. 16 at Reese Court with tip off set for 7:05 p.m. The game will be the last home game for the Eagles in December, as they play three road games before returning to Reese Court on Jan. 8.
The Eagles started off on a 7-0 run in the first four minutes of the first half and never trailed, with the largest lead of 30 coming at the 2:52 mark of the second half. Eastern pulled down 38 rebounds compared to Montana Tech's 30 and forced 19 turnovers - just the third game this season that the Eagles forced less than 20.
After shooting 46.9 percent from the field in the first half, the Eagles topped it with a 63.3 percent effort in the second half. Coming in to the game, Eastern had shot just 37 percent from the field.
"I thought we did a really good job of shooting the ball," said head coach Wendy Schuller. "One thing we talked about at half time was our shot selection and I thought our shot selection was better in the second half. I also thought we rebounded a lot better in the second half."
Eastern finished the game with four players in double figures. Leading the way was Julie Piper, who finished with 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Kyla Evans pitched in 13 points, and was 3-for-5 from behind the arc. Forward Nicole Scott was 5-for-7 from the field to finish the game with 12 points and four rebounds. Reserve guard Chene Cooper contributed 10 points along with five assists and four steals.
"Overall it was a good effort. It was nice to see a couple of player get going a little bit and shoot the ball the way we know they can shoot," said Schuller. "It was great to get some minutes from the young players as well."