Evans has career night as Eastern remains undefeated in Big Sky Conference action with a school-record 7-0 conference start
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team added to the record book Saturday (Jan. 23) in more ways than one as it defeated the Weber State Wildcats 77-65 at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The victory breaks the school record for best conference start as the Eagles are now 7-0 in the Big Sky.
The Eagles tied the previous record of 6-0 Friday (Jan. 22) with a victory over Idaho State. The previous record of 6-0 was set during the 1984-85 season when the Eagles competed in the Mountain West Conference. Eastern remains in first place in the Big Sky and now holds a two game lead over second place Portland State.
"I congratulated them on making history tonight," said head coach Wendy Schuller. "There are a lot of things you talk about before the season starts and it's not something anyone thinks about."
Kyla Evans paced the Eagles with a career-high 24 points on 6-of-11 shooting including 4-of-9 from behind the three-point line. Evans was also 8-of-8 from the free throw line and had six rebounds. Her previous career-high was 22 points.
"I am very happy for Evans after her career performance," said Schuller. "She shot well from the free throw line and that helped us overall in the game."
Brianne Ryan and Jessica Huntington both finished with 11 points. Nicole Scott contributed a team-high nine rebounds along with six points and two blocks.
The Wildcats shot 41.7 percent from the field compared to the 40.7 percent by the Eagles, but they turned the ball over 17 times and were out-rebounded 41-28 by Eastern.
The contest was back and forth in the first half, but the Eagles started to pull away after consecutive steals by Chene Cooper that led to breakaway layups for Breauna Russell to extend lead to 10.
Eastern led by 20 points with 10:05 left in the second half but Weber State charged back with a 11-0 run to cut the lead to nine. The Wildcats were unable to get any closer after that point.
"I thought that our team did a nice job of making some big plays at critical times when Weber had made little comebacks and kept fighting," said Schuller. "We made some big plays at crucial points in the game."
The Eagles, now 13-6 overall, are back in action Saturday (Jan. 30) at Portland State with tip-off set for 2:05 p.m. The Vikings are currently in second place in the Big Sky with a 5-2 league record.