After defeating Weber State 70-56, showdown with Idaho State Saturday could seal the deal for the Eagles
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team took care of one piece of business Friday (Feb. 26) against Weber State as it defeated the Wildcats 70-56 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah.
The Eagles are back in action Saturday Feb. 27 at Idaho State and a win against the Bengals would clinch the Big Sky Conference regular-season championship outright for Eastern. The game will tip-off at 6:05 p.m. Pacific time. Eastern has secured at least a share of the regular-season championship.
Along with the regular-season championship comes the hosting rights to the Big Sky Conference Tournament (March 11-13) and the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
Reserve point guard Chene Cooper scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Cooper also contributed three assists and four steals. Julie Piper added 15 points and eight rebounds, seven of which were offensive. Kyla Evans also finished in double-figures with 10 points.
The Wildcats shot just 32.7 percent from the field, including 0-for-13 from behind the three-point line. The Eagles shot 44.6 percent for the game and were 5-of-16 from behind the arc. Eastern had a slight advantage in rebounding 38-35.
The Eagles went into halftime with a 31-25 advantage and led by as many as 17 in the second half. Eastern defeated the Wildcats in the first meeting between the two this season in Cheney by a 77-65 final score.
Eastern, now on a three-game winning streak, improved to 18-9 overall and 11-3 in the Big Sky on the season.