For @EWUWBB, 2013-14 Season Officially Begins At Portland Friday
|Friday, Nov. 9 | 5:15 p.m.|
|Chiles Center | Portland, Ore.|
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After its exhibition win last week, the Eastern Washington women's basketball team officially opens its 2013-14 campaign with a game at Portland this Friday, Nov. 9, at 5:15 p.m.
The Eagles put away a pesky Master's College squad, 87-74, in their lone exhibition last Friday, Nov. 1, thanks to four players in double figures. Senior forward Aubrey Ashenfelter poured in a game-high 23 points while junior guard Kylie Huerta notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 assists. Senior center Laura Hughes and sophomore guard Hayley Hodgins added 13 points apiece.
Eastern shot better than 47 percent from long range against the Mustangs, making 10 three-pointers on the night. EWU also controlled the glass, outrebounding TMC while snagging 19 offensive rebounds.
EWU welcomes back four starters and nine letter winners from last year's squad and have been tabbed the favorites in the Big Sky Preseason Poll for the first time under 13-year head coach Wend Schuller. Highlighting a long list of talented returners are junior guard Lexie Nelson, who earned First Team All-Big Sky honors last season, and Hodgins, the program's first recipient of the Big Sky Freshman of the Year Award in 20 years.
The Eagles won 19 games last season, including a school-record 14 Big Sky games, good for a third-place finish in the league standings. Eastern received its second-ever bid to the WNIT at the conclusion of last season, falling in double-overtime at host Washington.
Eastern defeated the Pilots, 68-50, last season at Reese Court, racing out to a 14-point lead at halftime that proved too much for UP to overcome. Nelson tallied a game-high 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting while Ashenfelter recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards. Portland was held to just 34-percent shooting, including 22 percent from long range, while the Eagles shot at a 44-percent clip.
Like the Eagles, Portland returns four starters from last year's team that finished with a record of 11-20. The Pilots defeated Concordia (Ore.), 81-47, in their lone exhibition on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Cassandra Brown led all players with 19 points while Alexis Byrd added 13. UP outrebounded Concordia, 60-28, grabbing 30 offensive rebounds.