42 Julie Piper
42 Julie Piper
Height: 6-1
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Roseburg, Ore.
High School: Roseburg HS '07
Position: F
Experience: 3L

Head Coach Wendy Schuller on Piper: “In order for us to have another great year, Piper needs to have a great season. She is a huge difference maker for us because she is a great defender, a great rebounder, she can score and she can run the floor. She is someone that is not going to leave anything on the table. She has done everything she possibly can to be the best player she can be. Piper is also a returning captain and a leader for us. She is a little bit different than Kyla in that she is not as much of a vocal leader, but Piper leads by example. She has done a great job of embracing the freshman class and making them feel comfortable.”

2009-10: Piper celebrated one of the greatest individual season in EWU women’s basketball history, as she became the school’s first-ever Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player. She was a unanimous All-Big Sky first team selection, and earned the final BSC Player of the Week honors of the year (March 8) after she led Eastern to a 78-68 victory against Portland State with a season-high 20 points, 13 rebounds and one blocked shot. She was selected as the EWU Scholar Athlete of the Month for December and was named to the Big Sky All-Academic team for the third-consecutive year. Piper was among the top five in the league in rebounding (7.5/game) and field goal percentage (.461), while her scoring average of 11.8 points per game ranked 14th among all players in the conference. She registered six double-doubles throughout the season, which tied for the second-most in the Big Sky. Including her six double-double performances, Piper rebounded in double figures eight times and had 10 or more points in 20 different outings. She was the top junior in the Big Sky in terms of rebounding, and is one of only six active players to record 500 or more rebounds in a career. Piper turned in some of her best play of the year during conference season, as she averaged 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 16 league games. She scored in double figures in eight-consecutive games during the Big Sky season, which tied for the third-longest streak in the league during the 2009-10 campaign. In addition to her dominance within the conference, Piper led the Eagles in total points (367), points per game (11.8), total rebounds (234), rebounds per game (7.5) and field goal percentage (.461). She also got to the line more than any other player on the roster, as she had 92 free throw attempts during the 2009-10 season. She was the leading scorer on the team in nine games and was the top rebounder in 15 of EWU’s 31 contests. She also had the second-most blocked shots at 16 and dished out 32 total assists. In Eastern’s overtime-thriller against Montana (Jan. 8), Piper had a steal and a layin with 52 seconds remaining in OT, which propelled the Eagles to a 67-64 victory over the Grizzlies. Piper recorded one of her six double-doubles in that game, as she finished with 12  points and 11 rebounds, to help the Eagles snap a seven-game losing streak to Montana. She was also critical in Eastern’s  victory at Weber State (Feb. 26) that gave the team at least a share of the Big Sky title at the time, as she had 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists.

2008-09: Piper attained the most impressive recognition for the Eagles during her sophomore season in 2008-09, as she earned All-Big Sky honorable mention accolades. She was also named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Piper ranked highly in the league's statistical rankings, placing fifth in free throw shooting (78.3 percent), sixth in rebounds per game (6.8) and 18th in points per game (11.1). Her shooting from the charity stripe also placed her 130th among NCAA Division I players and was the eighth-best in Eastern history. She had the best scoring output by an Eagle in the 2008-09 season, scoring 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting in Eastern's battle with Big Sky runner-up Portland State on Jan. 24. Piper also set the team pace in rebounds in 18 different contests.

2007-08: Piper was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. After playing well in the non-conference portion of the schedule, she stepped up her game during the Big Sky season. Piper started all of EWU's league games, averaging 7.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per Big Sky contest. She also posted double-digit point totals on seven occasions. Piper had her first collegiate start against Utah State on Dec. 2, and she had nine points in the contest. Her defense was quality against Northern Arizona on Jan. 3, as she stole three passes in that game. The freshman tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds in a road game versus Northern Colorado to record her first-ever double-double. The rebound total is a career high. She then had a 12-point output against Sacramento State on Feb. 7. Then, exactly a week later, she set a career-high point total once again with 14 tallies against Weber State. Then came her best point-scoring output of the season, when she had 17 against Montana State in the final game of the season.

High School: Piper was named All-Southwest Conference her junior and senior seasons. As a junior, she averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game and as a senior she contributed 13 points per contest. Piper also found success on the soccer field, earning league Most Valuable Player honors her junior campaign. As a senior, she helped lead the soccer team to the round of 16 at the 6A state tournament.

Personal: Daughter of Bruce and Kary Piper. Has one sister, Ashley (24). Majoring in elementary education with an emphasis in natural science and minoring in special education

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