November 18, 2013

@EWUWBB Takes On No. 24 Gonzaga In Mid-Week Matchup

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at No. 24 Gonzaga
Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 6 p.m.
McCarthy Athletic Center | Spokane, Wash.
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The Eastern Washington women's basketball team and 24th-ranked Gonzaga will renew their rivalry with a mid-week clash on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the McCarthy Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. The game will be broadcast regionally on SWX with tipoff set for 6 p.m.

Eastern (0-2) is still looking for its first win of the 2013-14 season after falling to visiting SMU last Saturday, Nov. 16. Junior Hayley Hodgins gave EWU a 32-31 halftime lead with a buzzer-beating three-pointer before the Eagles extended their lead to six, 43-37, early in the second half. The Mustangs crawled back to take the lead on a jumper with a little over 15 minutes left, and would lead the rest of the way, holding off a furious comeback attempt from Eastern to steal the win.

Senior Laura Hughes continued her productive play, putting up 19 points in just 23 minutes of action before fouling out. She shot 8-of-10 from the field and added five rebounds to her stat line.

Hodgins matched Hughes's output with 19 points of her own, setting new career highs in made three-pointers (5) and three-pointers attempted (9). The Eagles made 11 triples against SMU, just three shy of the school record set back in the 1998-99 season.

Junior Kylie Huerta chipped in 10 points and six assists versus the Mustangs while senior Aubrey Ashenfelter added six points, six assists and five rebounds in 20 minutes of play.

Gonzaga (2-1) enters Wednesday's game after having suffered a tough loss at then-No. 11 Oklahoma, 82-78, on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Bulldogs led for a majority of the contest, but a late run from the host Sooners proved to be the difference. Haiden Palmer paces GU's offense with a scoring average of 18.5 points per game while Keani Albanez is close behind with an average of 12.3 points per game. Lindsay Sherbert is the team's leading rebounder with an average of 8.7 boards per game as Gonzaga has a +5.7 rebounding margin on its opponents this season.

Freshman Jade Redmon's older sister, Jazmine, is the Bulldogs' starting point guard. She is averaging 5.0 assists and 3.0 points this season.

Gonzaga defeated Eastern, 65-50, last season in Spokane, using a strong first half to gain separation before holding on for the win. Junior Lexie Nelson led all players with 19 points, drilling three three-pointers and shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Ashenfelter was the only other Eagle in double figures, finishing with 13 points.

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