Eagles Cruise Past Corban in Season Opener, 89-54

Junior Carrie Ojeda registers second career double-double, and three other Eagles score in double figures in 2011-12 debut

The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team opened its 2011-12 campaign with a convincing 89-54 victory against the Warriors of Corban University on Friday (Nov. 11) in Cheney, Wash.

Nearly half of Eastern's total points came off the bench, including a caeer-high 12 tallies for sophomores Laura Hughes and Chenise Pakootas.

Junior Carrie Ojeda also had 12 points, as did senior captain Brianne Ryan. Ojeda also grabbed 10 rebounds for her second career double-double.

After Corban drained its first shot of the game, Eastern went on a 16-4 run to open up a 16-6 advantage. EWU held onto that double-digit lead the rest of the way, although Corban kept it a lot closer the second half.

After out-scoring the Warriors 50-22 in the first period, Eastern only held a seven-point edge in the second.

"We were experimenting with a lot of different lineups, and that made it difficult to stay in sync," said EWU head coach Wendy Schuller. "But give Corban credit for their effort in that second half. They were fighting, and we kind of slacked defensively. Regardless of the score, we have to be solid on every single trip down the floor."

"I have to keep reminding myself though that it's the first game of the year and this is a work in progress," added Schuller. "Everything is not going to be exactly where we want it, but we'll keep working and getting better."

The Eagles held Corban to 31 percent shooting from the floor, while forcing 20 turnovers. Senior point guard Chene Cooper had five steals, while seven other Eagles had at least one. Eastern scored 26 points off the Warrior miscues.

Ten of 11 Eagles who entered the game on Friday contributed at least two points for the team.

Freshman Melissa Williams had seven points and seven rebounds , as well as two assists and one steal. Fellow rookie Kylie Huerta finished with five points and four dimes.

Eastern will continue its four-game home stand on Sunday (Nov. 13), as it hosts Hofstra at 1 p.m. on Reese Court.

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