Piper scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting to help Eagles to dominating win
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team reached the century mark in a 101-49 exhibition win over Central Washington on Tuesday evening (Nov. 3). The last time EWU reached 100 or more points in a regular-season game came in a 103-102 overtime loss to Gonzaga on Dec. 9, 2006.
"Tonight was a chance for us to see where we are at and to get a gauge of the progress we have made over the last two weeks, as well as over the summer and throughout the spring," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "We played with a lot of intensity and energy tonight, and every player who stepped on the court gave us great effort."
Julie Piper had an especially impressive game, shooting 10-of-15 from the floor for 23 points. Brianne Ryan also hit the 20-point mark with 20 points. Two other Eagles hit double figures, Nicole Scott (13) and Kyla Evans (11). Scott had a double-double tonight, as she also contributed 10 rebounds.
Jessica Huntington set the Eagle pace in assists with six, while Chene Cooper had five. Scott had two blocks in the contest, while Breauna Russell stole six passes tonight. The last time an Eastern player had that many steals in a regulation contest was on Dec. 15, 2007, when Sydney Benson had seven versus Great Falls.
The Eagles forced the Wildcats to 32 turnovers. The last time EWU caused an opponent to commit that many turnovers in a regular-season game came on Jan. 18, 2003, when Sacramento State had 37 in a 69-40 win over the Hornets.
Eastern Washington also shot at a 49.3 percent clip tonight (36-of-73), especially being on fire in the first half, shooting 58.3 percent in that stanza (21-of-36) in helping the Eagles to a dominating 59-23 halftime lead.
"Our shot selection was good at times tonight," Schuller said. "I thought we executed on offense and got shot opportunities we wanted to get."
The Eagles will play their second and final exhibition at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 7) against Warner Pacific.