After Getting Help from ISU, Eagles Will Host Big Sky Tournament

Idaho State's victory over Sacramento State Friday gives Eagles outright league title

Idaho State kept Eastern Washington University from clinching the outright Big Sky Conference women's basketball championship last week, but on Friday (March 5) the Bengals helped the Eagles clinch the title and host status for the six-team league tournament on March 11-13.

The Eagles, who close the regular season Saturday (March 6) at home against Portland State at 2:05 p.m. at Reese Court, will play their first game in the tournament in the semifinals on Friday (March 12) at 6 p.m.  The championship game is slated for the next day at 2:05 p.m. Pacific time.

All tickets for the tournament will be general admission and will go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m. via www.ticketswest.com, and will also be on sale at EWU's game versus Portland State. All-Session passes must be purchased by 11 a.m. on March 12, and are available for $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for EWU students and children high school age and under. Single-session tickets are priced at $15 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for EWU students and students ages 8-17 and $3 for children seven and under.

Tickets discounts will also be available for families, and a limited number of complimentary EWU student tickets will also be available courtesy of the Associated Students of Eastern Washington University (ASEWU). More information will be available later or may be obtained Monday (March 8) after 9 a.m. at 1-866-4GO-EAGS, 509-359-4339 or www.goeags.com.

All games in the tournament may be viewed live at www.bigskytv.org, with the championship game televised regionally by Altitude Sports and Entertainment. In addition, Eastern's semifinal game will be carried via radio in the Spokane area on 790-AM, with Larry Weir calling the play-by-play. If EWU advances to the title game, that may be heard on 1510-AM.

The Eagles enter the PSU game 18-10 overall and 11-4 in the league, and wrapped up at least a share of the title with a 70-56 victory over Weber State on Feb. 26. The next night, ISU knocked off EWU 71-63 to deny the Eagles the outright title. However, Sacramento State -- the only team that could catch the Eagles for a share of the title and host status -- fell to Idaho State 69-67 on Friday night in Pocatello to provide the clinching result for EWU.

The six teams in the tournament have already been determined -- EWU, Sacramento State, Idaho State, Portland State, Montana and Montana State. However, seedings and pairings won't be determined until after action on Saturday. The top two seeds receive byes to the semifinals.

2010 Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Tournament (all times Pacific)

Reese Court -- Cheney, Washington -- Hosted by Eastern Washington University

Thursday, March 11
3:30 p.m. - Seed #6 vs. Seed #3
6 p.m. - Seed #5 vs. Seed #4

Friday, March 12
3:30 p.m. - Seed #2 vs. Highest Remaining Seed
6 p.m. - Eastern Washington vs. Lowest Remaining Seed

Saturday, March 13
2:05 p.m. - Championship Game

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