Jan. 4, 2007
The victory was the fifth straight for Eastern over MSU and the third consecutive win on the Worthington Arena floor. It was EWU's second straight overall following its 84-66 win over
"We thought it was really important to go on this trip and play well," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "We wanted to start 1-0 in the Big Sky.
The Eagles saw three different players reach the double-figure mark in scoring: Phynique Allen (18), Joanna Chadd (13) and Ashley Knight (12). Allen's scoring output was the second-highest of her career. The rebounding leader for Eastern on the night was Sydney Benson, as she garnered eight boards. Allen had six on the night and led the game in assists with four.
Amanda Murdoch returned home to
The first half was close as the largest lead earned by either team was just seven points until the very end, when Montana State scored nine straight points to take a 45-34 advantage into the locker room.
Eastern came out for the second half and, after the Bobcats extended their lead to 13, went on a timely 12-0 run to cut the deficit to just one, 49-48, with 12:48 remaining.
"We made adjustments and changed to a 2-3 zone, and that kind of took
The game would stay close the rest of the way, as Eastern stayed within five points and would take its first lead since being up, 21-20, midway through the opening stanza on a Chadd three-pointer with 3:59 remaining, 64-62.
Although Montana State quickly tied the game at 64, Eastern held the lead through the final buzzer, extending it to three on an Ashley Knight three-pointer with 1:26 left, seeing it fall to one with 53 seconds left and back up to three on a Chadd jumper with 21 ticks showing on the clock. MSU's Alyssa Nelson missed a three-pointer at the buzzer, which would have sent the game to overtime if it were good.
The Eagles continue its trip to the state of
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