Jan. 17, 2008
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team went down 10-0 to host Northern Colorado in a Big Sky Conference game on Thursday evening (Jan. 17) and were unable to get back into the game, as the Eagles were defeated by UNC 71-57.
Simply put, the Bears (8-8, 2-1 BSC) shot the lights out, making 52.2 percent of their three-point attempts (12-of-23) and 48.0 percent overall from the field (24-of-50). An 84.6 percent shooting average from the charity stripe (11-of-13) helped UNC to its win, as well.
The Eagles (3-15, 0-5 BSC) did see success from the free throw line tonight, making 80.0 percent of their attempts (12-of-15), but were not successful from the field as evidenced by their 33.9 percent shooting (20-of-59).
"Offensively we did not shoot the ball very well and they did, so give them a lot of credit," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "They shot lights out from 3 and were able to build a lead on us that we were never able to overcome.
"The team was mentally ready to go and we played hard; we just have to do a better job defensively contesting shots. Offensively, we are trying to find ourselves (with Kyla Evans and Katy Baker out with injuries), and players are trying to step up. It's going to happen; it's just not happening as quickly as we would like."
Eastern only committed 12 turnovers on the evening, matching a season-low total the Eagles had on Jan. 10 versus Idaho State. Eastern Washington has not had fewer than 12 turnovers since committing 11 against Nicholls State on Nov. 27, 2005. The Eagles also out-rebounded Northern Colorado, 36-32.
Individually, four Eagles had double-digit scoring performances. Amy Bratvold had 13 points, while Sydney Benson, Nicole Scott and Julie Piper each had 10 points. Piper led the team in rebounds with 11, setting a career high for the freshman. Jessica Huntington had five assists in the contest, while Scott contributed two blocks.
The Eagles will now take nine days off from competition, as Eastern Washington's next contest will come on Jan. 26 at the first-place team in the Big Sky, Portland State. The Vikings are 14-3 and 4-0 in league play for the first time in school history. They will play Northern Colorado on Saturday (Jan. 19).