This Week In EWU Women's Basketball
|at Southern Utah|
|Saturday, Jan. 25 | 1 p.m. PST|
|Centrum Arena | Cedar City, Utah|
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Fresh off a home sweep, the Eastern Washington women's basketball team opens a three-game road swing at Big Sky foe Southern Utah this Saturday, Jan. 25. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. PST at the Centrum Arena in Cedar City, Utah.
Eastern (8-8, 4-3 Big Sky) picked up a pair of league wins last week, taking down visiting Northern Arizona, 92-68, and Sacramento State, 78-65. The two wins vaulted the Eagles into third place in the Big Sky standings after four weeks of conference play. North Dakota (6-1) and Montana State (5-1) have been the pace setters so far as five teams, including Eastern, have three conference losses.
EWU put together two stellar defensive games last week, holding Northern Arizona to 32.2 percent shooting while Sacramento State connected at a 32.8-percent clip. Eastern's perimeter defense continued to bother opponents as both the Lumberjacks and Hornets were held below 27-percent shooting from three-point range. The Eagles held Sacramento State to a season-low 65 points nearly 30 less than its average of 93.1 that ranked third nationally entering the week.
Not to be outdone, Eastern's offense snagged the headlines against NAU as three players scored 20 points in the same game in what is believed to be the first time in school history. Sophomore Hayley Hodgins led the way with a career-high 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting. She tied her career high with five made three pointers and chipped in five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Junior Lexie Nelson finished with 21 points, going a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line while senior Laura Hughes came off the bench to score 20 points, finishing one shy of her career high. Hughes pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and buried nine of her 12 attempts from the field.
Southern Utah (9-6, 3-3 BSC) enters Saturday's tilt having lost four of its last six games dating back to the end of December. The Thunderbirds own league wins over Northern Colorado, Sacramento State and Weber State and are 1-1 at home in conference contests. Lori Parkinson (11.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Carli Moreland (10.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) are the only two SUU players to average double figures, but four other players average at least six points per game as the Thunderbird's scoring average of 74.5 points ranks second in the Big Sky. Southern Utah ranks third in the league in field goal percentage (.423) and third in offensive rebounds (15.5), grabbing better than 40 percent of its misses.