December 4, 2009

Eagles Fly Through Matadors 68-50

Eastern forces 26 turnovers in route to victory over Cal State Northridge

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The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team continued to do what it has all season, force turnovers, as the Eagles forced 26 in a 68-50 win over the Cal State Northridge Matadors Friday (Dec. 4) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

Eastern secured the lead at the 16:28 mark of the first half and never trailed again, cruising into halftime 42-23. The largest lead of the game for the Eagles was 26, coming with 7:25 remaining in the second half.

The Eagles shot 42.4 percent from the field, including 57.1 percent from behind the arc on 8-of-14 shooting. The Matadors were held to 40.5 percent shooting on the night. Both teams pulled down 33 rebounds apiece. The Eagles were forcing an average of 23.2 turnovers per game heading into Friday's contest.

"I thought that in the first half our shot selection was good, and in the second half we didn't take as good of shots," said head coach Wendy Schuller. "That showed in our second half shooting percentage. I like the fact that we forced 26 turnovers and just did a nice job all around - it was a great team win."

Forward Julie Piper led all Eagles in scoring with 15 on the game, along with nine rebounds. Guard Brianne Ryan was the only other Eagle in double figures, pouring in 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

"It was good to see Piper get going," said Schuller. "I thought we got the ball to her and she finished around the basket. She was pretty close to another double-double and I thought she had a great overall game."

Up next for the Eagles (5-3) is Montana Tech Saturday (Dec. 12) at Reese Court, with tipoff set for 3:30 p.m. Eastern will then match-up with Cal Poly on Dec. 16 at Reese Court beginning at 7:05 p.m. before hitting the road for three-straight road games.

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