With a chance to get to .500, Eastern heads to the Palouse to take on former and future Big Sky member
For 14 years from 1982-96, the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team competed in the same conference as Idaho, and starting in 2014-15, the two teams will be there again when the Vandals re-join the Big Sky Conference. But for now, Eastern and Idaho continue to meet as non-conference foes.
In its only game this week, the Eagles travel to Moscow, Idaho to play the Vandals on Tuesday (Nov. 27) at 6 p.m. at Memorial Gym.
With a 2-3 record heading into the game, EWU is eager to reach that .500 mark for the first time this season. The Vandals, on the other hand, will be looking for their first win overall in the 2012-13 campaign, as they enter Tuesday’s contest at 0-4.
In its two most recent outings, Idaho lost to Big Sky perennial power Montana, 71-50, and dropped a 62-56 decision to Portland - a team EWU defeated a week ago by double-digits.
The Eagles are coming off a 1-1 run at the 2012 Cal Classic by Doubletree in Berkeley, Calif., where the Eags lost to No. 11 California, but rebounded with a 50-45 victory over Cal State Fullerton.
Tuesday’s meeting between EWU and Idaho will be the 62nd in history. The Eagles lead the all-time series, 34-26.
Last year, when the teams played in Cheney, Eastern cruised past Idaho, 76-61. EWU shot 50 percent from the field in that game, while hitting a season-high 11 3-pointers. Junior Chenise Pakootas was responsible for four of those long-range baskets, as she posted a career-high 14 points against the Vandals.
Since Schuller took over the reins of the EWU women’s basketball program in 2001-02, this series has certainly been an evenly-matched one. In the last 11 years, the Eagles have recorded a 6-5 record against the Vandals. For the past seven seasons, Eastern and Idaho have traded wins every year, with each team winning on its home court.
The last time EWU won in Moscow was on Dec. 30, 2002. Eastern will look to break that trend on Tuesday when it strives for win No. 3 of the 2012-13 season.