Eagles Fall in Heartbreaker to Sac State

Jan. 5, 2008

Box Score

The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team dropped a tough decision on the road to Sacramento State on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 5), as the Hornets were able to hold on for a 73-70 decision. The Eagles were perfect from the field down the stretch of the Big Sky Conference game, but it was matched by Sacramento State's own perfection from the free throw line.

With 37 seconds left and the Eagles down by four, 67-63, Eastern committed its first foul in its attempt to rally from behind in the last minute. In those 37 ticks, the Eagles nailed all three of their shots from the field, but the Hornets also were a perfect 6-of-6 in charity tosses. A Katy Baker lay-up and made free throw after being fouled on the play cut the deficit to 73-70 with two seconds left but the Hornets were able to get the ball in-bounds and run the clock out.

The first half of the game was nip-and-tuck, as the teams took turns grabbing the lead from the other throughout the stanza. The Eagles (3-12, 0-2 BSC) had their biggest lead of four on two occasions, 6-2 and 34-30, while Sacramento State was up by six at 26-20.

Eastern had its last lead of the contest three minutes into the second half, 41-40. The Hornets (3-11, 1-1 BSC) saw their lead get to as high as eight with 11 minutes to go, 54-46, but the Eagles responded with an 8-1 run to close to within a single tally, 55-54. Sacramento State's lead ranged from 1-6 points the rest of the way.

The Eagles were absolutely dominating on the boards today, holding a 47-33 advantage in the rebound category. The Hornets did however shoot better from the three-point line (9-of-28 as compared to Eastern's 3-of-16) and committed five less turnovers that EWU (14 to 19).

Individually, five Eagles posted double-digit point totals: Sydney Benson (18), Tatjana Sparavalo (14), Baker (12), Amy Bratvold (11) and Nicole Scott (11). Scott set the team pace in rebounds with 10, while Jessica Huntington contributed eight assists, one off the season-high total for an Eagle in that category. Baker contributed six assists to the Eagle cause today.

Eastern now returns home to play in the friendly confines of Reese Court for the first time in nearly a month to take on defending Big Sky champion Idaho State (9-4, 1-0 BSC) at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday (Jan. 8). The last time the Eagles played a home game was on Dec. 15, a 73-57 win over Great Falls.

Following a 2:05 p.m. home contest against Weber State next Saturday (Jan. 12), the Eagles once again will hit the road for a while, not returning home until Feb. 7. Eastern will, however, play six of their last eight contests of the season at home.

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