Eagles Face Montana Schools in Final Four Games of Regular Season
Eastern begins road trip to Treasure State with re-match against Bobcats – the team that knocked EWU out of the conference tourney a year ago
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EWU at Montana State
Thursday, Feb. 24 - 6:05 p.m. PST
Worthington Arena - Bozeman, Mont.
EWU at Montana
Saturday, Feb. 26 - 1 p.m. PST
Dahlberg Arena - Missoula, Mont.
(All home games and all Big Sky Conference games)
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Although heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, Eastern has yet to face two teams in the Big Sky. For the first time this year, the Eagles will take on their foes from the Treasure State in the upcoming week. EWU heads to Bozeman on Thursday (Feb. 24) to play Montana State at Worthington Arena, and then faces Montana on Saturday (Feb. 24) at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula.
All three teams, Eastern, Montana State and Montana have clinched berths to the 2011 Big Sky Conference tournament, held March 10-12 at the site of the regular-season champion.
"The scheduling this year is not ideal for anyone involved," said EWU head coach Wendy Schuller. "But it is what it is, and the way we see it, 2/3 of the conference tournament teams will get to know each other very well before postseason begins."
Joining the Eagles in a Montana road trip this week is Portland State, who has also clinched a spot in the tourney. Next week, Montana State and Montana will make the trip west to face the Vikings and Eagles on their home courts. Eastern split its regular-season series with PSU.
Eastern is currently riding a three-game winning streak in the Big Sky, which includes its two most recent victories over Northern Arizona and Weber State. The Lumberjacks and Wildcats both shot below 35 percent from the field against the Eagles, while EWU forced 46 turnovers in the two games combined. Eastern also had a 27-15 advantage in assists and a slight 50-41 edge in rebounding.
"We are definitely starting to click a little more as a team," said EWU head coach Wendy Schuller. "Our posts are starting to score and our defense has been very consistent in the last few games. Brianne Ryan has been playing great basketball, Coop continues to deliver, and having Kyla Evans back and healthy will help us a lot. She has the ability to really extend defenses. She shoots it so well that teams have to worry about her, so that opens things up for our other players on the court."
The Eagles hope the recent success will translate to the road, as the team has a particularly challenging matchup in its first game of the week. EWU won the Big Sky regular-season title a year ago and hosted the conference tournament for the first time in school history. But after a first-round bye, Eastern was pitted against Montana State in the semifinals. The Bobcats upset EWU 65-57, thanks to a stellar second half, in which Montana State shot 56 percent from the field to out-score EWU 40-31.
This season, Montana State has proved, once again, why it is one of the top teams in the league. The Bobcats are tied for second in the conference standings with a 9-3 record. MSU won its first six Big Sky games in row, before losing three of the last six.
MSU is in the top two of the conference statistics in seven different categories, including scoring offense (70.1/game), scoring margin (+4.5), rebounding offense (40.5/game), assists (15.0/game), assist/turnover ratio (0.9), defensive rebounds (27.5/game) and three-point field goals made (7.0/game). MSU is the only team in the league with five players who average 10+ points per game. Although Eastern boasts a similarly versatile offense with four players in double digits.
"We do not know a whole lot about our friends from Bozeman, having not been on the court with them yet this season," said Schuller. "But what we do know is they are high-powered scoring team. They have a tremendous guard in Katie Bussey. Sarah Balian [formerly Strand] is also a great player. She is their senior post, and really plays like one. [Rachel] Semansky has stepped up for them as well, and is scoring really well in Big Sky play. She gives MSU one extra threat in the paint, which opens things up for them on the perimeter."
Montana State has won six Big Sky Player of the Week honors this season. Senior guard Lyndsi Seidensticker is third in the league in three-point field goal percentage and three-point field goals made. She averages 2.4 treys per game on a 41.3 percentage from long range. Balian and Baker represent two of the top three rebounders in the Big Sky, combining for 17.7 boards per game. Both players were all-conference selections in 2010.
"We know Montana State is going to attack the basket," said Schuller. "We absolutely have to be great in transition defense in order to win this game."
Throughout history, the Bobcats and Eagles have proved to be very evenly matched teams. MSU holds a slight advantage in the all-time series at 36-34. Eastern won both of the regular-season meetings during the 2009-10 campaign, but then dropped that fateful contest in the Big Sky tournament. Under Schuller, the Eagles are 9-10 against MSU and 4-5 when playing in Bozeman.
Following the matchup with MSU, Eastern will have an equally tough opponent in Montana. The Grizzlies are tied with Montana State for second in the league standings with a 9-3 record. Montana earned that record in the exact opposite way of MSU. The Grizzlies lost three of their first three conference games, but have come on strong as of late, winning the last six in a row.
"Montana has figured it out," said Schuller. "Going into the year, everybody knew they were young. But we knew they were young and talented, and had a great coach in Robin Selvig. Montana's staff has done a great job developing those kids, and it is no surprise where they are right now. Those kids have continued to get better and better with every game."
Unlike the Bobcats, Montana has only one player in double figures. Sophomore forward Katie Baker averages 11.8 points per game, while also leading the team on the glass with 8.2 rebounds per game. Everyone else on the team seems to make equal contributions on the offense and defensive ends of the floor.
Although Montana does not have the high-powered offense of Montana State, the Grizzlies do more than enough to make up for it on the defensive end.
Montana is second in the league in scoring defense, holding teams to an average of 60.4 points per game. The Lady Griz are third in field goal percentage defense (.385), rebounding margin (+2.1) and steals (9.9/game), as well as in offensive and defensive rebounding percentage.
"Defense has always been a signature of Montana basketball," said Schuller. "They want to make it a slower game and hold teams in the 50s. They are going to be great in the 2-3 zone. If we don't move quickly and attack some of the seams, we are not going to get many good shots."
Eastern will be looking for its first win in Missoula since 1987 when the Eagles upset UM in the conference tournament, 77-74. Since then, the Eagles have lost 27-straight games in the Dahlberg Arena. Montana leads the all-time series, 65-12. The Eagles have beat Montana twice under Schuller, one of which was last season when EWU prevailed in overtime, 76-64. The Eagles also topped UM in 2006 with another narrow 58-56 victory at home.
Eagle Fast Breaks
Eags Enjoy Three in Row: The Eagles are currently riding a three-game winning streak in the Big Sky. This is the longest winning streak of the conference season for EWU, and ties the longest of the entire 2010-11 campaign. Eastern also won three straight from Dec. 30 - Jan. 13, beating Willamette, Portland State and Sac State. Prior to its recent victories against WSU (Feb. 12), NAU (Feb. 17) and WSU again (Feb. 19), Eastern had lost five outings in a row.
Postseason Assurance: Eastern Washington went 2-0 last weekend, beating Northern Arizona and Weber State on its home court, and in doing so, EWU clinched a berth to the 2011 Big Sky Conference tournament for the second-straight season and seventh time in 10 seasons under head coach Wendy Schuller. The tournament will be held March 10-12 at the site of the regular-season champion.
Top Three in Sky Statistics: In all games in the 2010-11 season, Eastern has proved to be the best offensive rebounding team in the league, averaging 16.0 offensive boards per game. The Eags are second in rebounding margin (+2.2), and third in free throw percentage (.724). When looking at league-only statistics, Eastern is also among the top three is several categories. The Eagles lead the Sky in offensive rebounds with 15.1 per game, and are third in scoring offense (71.0 ppg), rebounding margin (+3.2) and turnover margin (+1.4). The Eags are tied for second in blocked shots, averaging 4.1 per game in conference-only statistics.
Eastern's Keys to Success: Come Out Hot - The Eagles are 9-3 this season in games they are leading at the half. The team is 1-11 when they are trailing at intermission. Focus on Efficiency - Eastern is 10-2 in games where it shoots a higher field goal percentage than its opponent. EWU has lost 12 of the 13 games in which its opponent shoots a higher percentage from the field. Hold em' to 40 - The magic number for Eastern's defense should be 40, or rather, less than 40. The Eagles have won 10 of 11 games in which its opponent shoots less than 40 percent from the field. When the opposition manages 40 percent or higher, EWU is 1-13.
Distributing the Wealth: Eastern is one of only two teams in the Big Sky to have at least four players with double-digit scoring averages. Unfortuantely, the other team with an equally versatile offense is Montana State, who EWU will face twice in the next two weeks. MSU has five players who all average 10+ points per game. Brianne Ryan leads the way for EWU at 13.6, followed by Chene Cooper (11.7), Tatjana Sparavalo (11.3) and Julie Piper (10.8).
INDIVDUAL (for probable starting five)
Chene Cooper is averaging 5.5 assists per game, which ties for first in the Big Sky statistics and ranks 20th in Division I women's basketball. Her assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.9 (138-74) is also atop the Big Sky rankings, and is 38th in the nation. Cooper is the only player in the league to have had 20+ points, 10+ rebounds and 10+ assists at least once this season, and was recently named the Big Sky POW after tallying 41 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in Eastern's two conference victories last weekend. She was also 17-of-20 from the free-throw line.
Brianne Ryan has scored in double digits in 21 of 25 games this season, including 12 of the last 14. Ryan turned in the single-best offensive performance of all players in league with 33 points against Sacramento State on Jan. 22. In conference-only statistics, Ryan is among the top three in league in scoring (16.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (.520).
Aubrey Ashenfelter has played in all 25 games this season, and recently made her way into the starting lineup. She averages 3.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and has 39 total assists this year, the third-most on the team.
Julie Piper, the defending Big Sky MVP, leads all seniors in Big Sky in field goal percentage (.406) and free throw percentage (.842). She is also among the top five rebounders in the league with 6.9 boards per game, and has the most career rebounds of all active players in the Big Sky with 737 career boards.
Carrie Ojeda is among the top 20 rebounders in the Big Sky, averaging 5.0 caroms per contest. She is fourth in the league and among the top 200 in the nation in blocked shots, averaging 1.2 per game.
Tatjana Sparavalo has scored in double figures in 16 games this season, including nine of the last 13. She has registered a team-high four double-doubles this season, and she ranks in the top 15 in rebounding (5.2) three-point field goal pct. (.394), three point field goals avg. (1.5) and free throw percentage (.797).
Eagle News & Notes
Coop Lays Claim to Big Sky POW
For the first time in her career, Chene Cooper was selected as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week for games played Feb. 14 – Feb. 20. This is the first weekly honor Eastern Washington in the 2010-11 season. Cooper, a 2008 graduate of Lakes High School in Puyallup, Wash., led the Eagles to an important pair of conference victories against Northern Arizona and Weber State With the sweep at home, Eastern clinched a berth to the 2011 Big Sky Conference tournament and improved its conference record to 7-5.Cooper averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists on the week. She shot 42 percent from the field, and made 17-of-20 free throws for 85 percent shooting from the line. Against the Lumberjacks , Cooper scored a game-high 23 points - just one shy of her career high. She also had six rebounds, five assists and two steals. She hit two three-pointers in the contest, the second one a clutch shot from the top of the key that put EWU up by one point (55-54) with just under a minute remaining. Cooper went on to make 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute to seal the victory for EWU. In Eastern's win over Weber State, Cooper scored 18 points, another game high, and had four rebounds, seven assists and two steals. She hit 8-of-10 free throws, and had just two turnovers in 33 minutes on the court.
Evans Dominates from Downtown
Senior Kyla Evans hit five three pointers against Seattle on Feb. 8, and in doing so, broke the EWU all-time record for career three pointers made. Evans, who now has 199 treys in her tenure, surpassed Stephanie Ulmer, who owned the previous record of 195 career three pointers made. Ulmer played for Wendy Schuller from 2002-05. Evans had been just three three pointers away from the record for more than a month, but when a chronic back injury flared up just before the start of conference play, she was forced to miss eight games in a row from Jan. 13 - Feb. 5. The untimely hiatus didn't seem to affect the senior though, as she turned in the best performance of her season in her first game back on Feb. 8, going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Evans is one of only four active players in the Big Sky who has 150+ career three-pointers and the only current Eagle who appears in the Big Sky record book, as she is sixth in career three pointers (199) and tied for 16th in career three-point field goal percentage (.383).
Piper Cracks Top 10
This season, senior Julie Piper has moved into the top 10 in the EWU career record book in six different categories. In EWU's game against ISU on Feb. 5, Piper became one of the top 10 scorers in Eastern history. She is now eighth on the points scored list with 1,140 career points, and 10th in field goals made with 449. Piper is eighth in rebounding with 737 career boards, fifth in free throws made (239) and sixth in free throws attempted (328). She is also tied for sixth in career games played, having appeared in 114 games throughout her four years.
Coop Climbing the Charts
Just a junior, Chene Cooper has already cracked the top 10 list in two categories of the EWU career record book. Cooper has 157 total steals thus far in her career, which is third in the EWU record book. She had 57 steals last season, which was the seventh-best single-season performance in Eastern history, and has 53 already this year, which is just outside the top 10 of the single-season record book. Coop has 297 total assists in her career, which ranks ninth in the record book. She has had two games this season with 10+ assists, including a career-high 14 against Sacramento State on Jan. 22. That passing performance was the best turned in by any player in the Big Sky this season.
Freshmen Earn Starting Nods
For the first time in their careers, freshmen Chenise Pakootas and Aubrey Ashenfelter earned starting nods in EWU's games against UNC (Feb. 3) and ISU (Feb. 5). Pakootas, a 5-10 guard from Inchelium, Wash., started both contests for the Eagles, while Ashenfelter was on the floor to start the game against Idaho State. Ashenfelter, a 6-0 guard from Portland, Ore., played a career-high 31 minutes against the Bengals. She finished with 11 points, which included two clutch three pointers that kept Eastern in the game in the final minutes. She also had three assists and three steals. Pakootas averaged 22.0 minutes per game over the weekend. She had a career-high five assists against UNC, while also chipping in seven points.
Ojeda Turns it On
Carrie Ojeda recorded her first-career double-double on Jan. 27 against Portland State. She had 11 points and a team-leading 12 rebounds in EWU's narrow 77-70 loss to the Vikings. Both were career highs for the sophomore forward. She is now one of five Eagles to register at least one double-double in 2010-11. Ojeda is among the top five shot blockers in the Big Sky and top 200 in the nation, averaging 1.2 blocks per contest.
Sparavalo Sizzles Off the Bench
Eastern's invaluable "sixth man," Tatjana Sparavalo, has scored in double figures in 16 games this season, including nine of the last 13. She is currently Eastern's second-leading scorer with 11.7 points per game, which she has earned in 483 minutes off the bench. She is one of only five players in the Big Sky to have four or more double-doubles this season. She tied her career high scoring mark with 24 points in Eastern's narrow 75-68 loss at Northern Colorado. She had four three pointers in that contest. She has set a career high in rebounding on two occassions this season, with 11 boards against Cal State Fullerton (11/12/10) and Portland State (1/8/11).
Piper Rules Big Sky's Senior Class
Julie Piper has proved to be the most efficient senior shooter in the Big Sky Conference at this point in the season, as she owns the top mark for all seniors in the league in field goal percentage (.468) and free throw percentage (.842). Piper also has the most career rebounds (737) of all active players in the Big Sky, and is among the top five active players in terms of scoring with 1,140 career tallies. Piper hit the 1,000-point mark this season against Oregon State on Dec. 21.
Freshman Aubrey Ashenfelter has seen minutes in every game of the 2010-11 season. As Eastern's backup point guard, she averages 16.5 minutes per game. A product of Southridge High School in Portland, Ore., Ashenfelter averages 3.3 points per game for Eastern and has dished out 39 assists, the third-most on the team. Freshman Chenise Pakootas, a native of Inchelium, Wash., has appeared in 18 of 25 games this season, and has earned a starting nod in four of those contests. Pakootas had to step up to help fill the shoes of injured players Breauna Russell and Kyla Evans (who have now both returned to the lineup after sitting for more than a month). Pakootas averages 10.3 minutes, 3.2 points, and 1.7 rebounds per game. Freshman Laura Hughes, who came to Eastern from Richland, Wash., has also been an important player off the bench this season. As Eastern's tallest player at 6-2, Hughes provides depth in the post, averaging 2.1 rebounds per game and 3.1 points. She has played 175 total minutes this season, including a career-high 22 against national-powerhouse Gonzaga on Dec. 3.
The 2010-11 Eastern Washington women's basketball team boasts one of the most versatile squads in the league. In Eastern's 25 games thus far in the season, six different players have led the team in scoring. The same depth is evident on the defensive end, as seven different Eagles have led in both rebounding and steals. EWU has four players with double-digit scoring averages, and three players who average five or more rebounds per game. Each class (Fr., So., Jr., Sr.) is represented in the aforementioned statistics.
Julie Piper has not missed a single game since the first time she stepped on the court as a freshman in 2007. She played in all 29 games during her rookie season, all 29 as a sophomore in 2008-09 and all 31 last year, as well as all 25 of the current season. She has started 17 of those 114 games. Besides her consistent court presence, Piper has scored at least two points in every game since Feb. 14, 2009 (0 vs. ISU), and has had at least two rebounds in every game since Nov. 28. 2008 (2 vs. UNLV). This season, Piper has had 13 double-digit scoring outings, and two of 20 or more points.
Ryan Delivers Top Offensive Performance in Big Sky
Junior Brianne Ryan poured in a career-high 33 points against Sacramento State on Jan. 22. She converted 14-of-18 shot from the field, which is also a career high in field goals made for the junior. Her 33 tallies was only five shy of the EWU school record for points in a single game, held by Vanessa Jones (1989-1991), who scored 38 against Lewis-Clark on Dec. 5, 1990. It is also the single-best offensive performance, in terms of points and field goals made, for any player in the Big Sky this season. Ryan has scored in double digits in all but four of Eastern's contests this year.
One Night, Two Career Highs for Coop
Junior Chene Cooper had a career night in Eastern's 75-67 win over UC Irvine on Dec. 15 and in EWU's 73-44 rout of Saint Martin's on Dec. 11. The five-foot point guard scored 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting against the Anteaters, and also pulled down a team-leading 10 rebounds in the contest. Her previous career highs in those categories were 23 points and eight rebounds.
Ryan Earns First Scholar-Athlete Honors of 2011
Junior Brianne Ryan was selected by the EWU athletic department as the Female Scholar-Athlete Award recipient for the month of January. Ryan, a product of Lynden Christian High School in Lynden, Wash., has a 3.20 GPA in interdisciplinary studies. Ryan poured in a career-high 33 points against Sacramento State on a blistering .778 percentage from the field. She was 9-of-9 to open the contest, and missed only one shot total in the first half. Ryan also contributed six rebounds and three assists in that contest. Ryan led the Eagles in scoring in five of Eastern's seven games during the month of January. She averaged 20.3 points per game on 60 percent shooting and had the second-most assists on the team with 14. She also averaged 4.6 boards per game during the month. Ryan has started and played in all 21 games this season, averaging 32.1 minutes per game. She has scored in double-digits in 18 of those 21 games, including the last 10 in a row; a streak earned by only two other players in the Big Sky Conference. In league-only statistics, she leads the Big Sky with 18.4 points per game, and her field goal percentage of .542 is fourth overall in the conference.
Sparavalo Earns December Scholar-Athlete Honors
Senior Tatjana Sparavalo was selected as EWU's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for December. Sparavalo, a native of Novi Sad, Serbia, earned her bachelor's degree from Eastern in just three years. With a 3.62 cumulative GPA, she graduated cum laude in 2010 with a degree in business administration. She is currently working on her master's in business at EWU. One of three seniors on the 2010-11 squad, Sparavalo has provided incredible leadership on and off the court. She serves as Eastern's invaluable "sixth man," averaging 19.9 minutes off the bench. She is the second-leading scorer and rebounder on the team with 12.2 points and 5.6 caroms per contest. Sparavalo has also made the most three pointers of any player on the EWU roster (31). Eleven of her 31 treys came in the month of December, and her percentage in the six games on the month was an even .500. Beyond her athletic contributions, Sparavalo has been named to the Big Sky All-Academic team for three consecutive years.
Piper Named to Omni Hotels Classic All-Tournament Team
Julie Piper was selected as one of five standout players for the 24th Annual Omni Hotels Classic All-Tournament Team. Piper averaged 15.0 points per game in the two games played in Boulder, Colo., on Nov. 26 and 27. She shot an impressive 52 percent from the field and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. With those eight made free throws over the weekend, she moved into the top 10 in the Eastern record book for career free throws made. Piper registered her first double-double of the season against the Ramblers with 20 points and 13 rebounds. She was 7-of-15 from the field, and knocked down all six of her attempts from the charity stripe. She also scored in double digits against the Purple Aces, tallying 10 points of 4-of-6 shooting. Although her time on the floor was limited due to foul trouble, she added six rebounds and two steals in just 15 minutes.
Piper Selected as Candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
EWU senior forward Julie Piper was selected as one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The 2011 women's candidate class includes five players who were CoSIDA Academic All-Americans last year, 22 student-athletes with grade point averages of 3.0 or better, four players who participated in the 2010 Women's Final Four and 15 players on the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award.
Current Eagle Brianne Ryan is the daughter of one of the all-time greats in the Eastern Washington Women's Basketball program, Neil Ryan (formerly Neil Ann Massie). Neil Ryan played basketball for EWU from 1979-82, and is the third-leading rebounder in school history with 1,008 career rebounds. Her career rebounding average of 8.47 ranks fourth in the EWU record book, while her 346 rebounds in the 1979 season is the fourth-best single season performance in program history. She is also one of the all-time leading scorers, as her 1,190 career points ranks seventh overall in the EWU record book. She ranks sixth in career field goals made (509) and tenth in field goals attempted (1,001). EWU's relationship with the Ryan family does not stop there. Head coach Wendy Schuller recently signed Brianne's younger sister and Neil's youngest daughter, Kayleigh, to a national letter of intent to play basketball at Eastern starting in the 2011-12 school year.
Eagles Sign Four for 2011-12 Season
Four high school seniors from the state of Washington have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Eastern Washington University. The members of the 2011 recruiting class include 5-foot-1 point guard Kylie Huerta from Kentwood High School, 5-11 guard Kayleigh Ryan from Lynden Christian High School, 6-0 forward Melissa Williams from Camas High School in Vancouver and 5-10 shooting guard Hayley Hodgins from Chiawana High School in Pasco. Huerta was ranked among the top 110 point guards in the nation according to ESPN Hoopgurlz.com, and earned South Puget Sound League North Division Co-MVP honors in 2010 after leading the league in points per game (18.9) and steals (57). Ryan, sister of current Eagle, Brianne Ryan, is a dual-sport athlete, earning letters in basketball and volleyball at Lynden Christian. As a junior on the basketball team, she averaged nine points, eight rebounds and 4.7 assists per game for the Lyncs. Williams was selected as the 2010 Greater St. Helen's League Player of the Year and the Columbian's All-Region Player of the Year. She led her team to the Class 3A District Championship in 2010, averaging 16 points per game throughout the year. Hodgins was a member of the Columbia Basin Big Nine Cascaded Division first-team in 2010 and was twice named the Tri-City Herald Athlete of the Week. Hodgins was the league's leading scorer during her junior year, averaging 18.4 points per game. She shot 46 percent from three-point range, which was also the best in the league.
Accomplishments Under Schuller
- The 2009-10 squad won the school's first-ever Big Sky Conference regular-season title and hosted the league tournament for the first time in school history.
- The 2009-10 Eagles advanced to the Women's National Invitation Tournament, which marked the first national postseason appearance for EWU since 1987.
- Eastern earned an overall record of 19-12 and conference record of 12-4 in 2009-10, which were the best recorded by an EWU team since the 1984-35 season.
- Julie Piper was named 2010 Big Sky Most Valuable Player, becoming the first player in program history to earn such an honor.
- Schuller was selected as the 2010 Big Sky Coach of the Year. She has collected 113 wins at EWU, which is the second-most victories in school history.
- The Eagles have advanced to the Big Sky Conference semifinals in six of Schuller's nine years at the helm of the program (2002-06, 2010).
- For the past nine-consecutive seasons, Eastern has earned a spot on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Honor Roll -- something achieved by only one other team in Division I history (Indiana State). Eastern has been among the top five academic teams in the nation in seven of those nine years, including the 2003-04 campaign, in which the team placed first nationally with a 3.63 cumulative grade point average.
- Two Eagles have attained ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second-team honors -- Joanna Chadd in 2006-07 and Kathleen Nygaard in 2003-04.
- Kyla Evans received ESPN The Magazine All-District VIII honors in 2009.
- The past nine seasons, 74 players have earned Big Sky All-Academic honors, the most in the league.