Eagles Fall at Home to Grizzlies

Jan. 31, 2009

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The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team stayed with Montana for 30 minutes before the visiting Grizzlies went on a crucial 9-0 run to pull away and defeat the Eagles 81-56 on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 31).

Although Eastern’s only lead was 2-0, the Eagles kept within striking distance until that spurt. The Eagles responded to an early 20-7 deficit with a 9-0 run of their own to come to within four at 20-16 with 7:12 left in the half.

Eastern Washington then stayed within 10 tallies until Montana used that 9-0 spurt to extend its lead to 62-45 with 7:27 to play. The closest EWU got the rest of the way was 13.

“I was really disappointed with the last 12 minutes of the game,” head coach Wendy Schuller said. “I do not know if it was because of our struggles offensively, but defensively we lost a little bit of the gumption we had.”

Nicole Scott came off the bench to lead the Eagles with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Julie Piper ran into foul trouble, finishing with four personals in 19 minutes, but was able to also reach double figures with 10 points.

The Eagles spread out their rebounding with an individual high of just four by Amy Bratvold, Kyla Evans and Piper, although Eastern Washington out-rebounded the Grizzlies today, 29-27.

Evans led the team in assists today, tallying four for the second-straight game, one away from her career high (five versus San Francisco on Dec. 18, 2007 and Portland on Dec. 15, 2008). Scott had two steals against the Grizzlies to lead Eastern in that category.

One thing that hurt the Eagles were their 22 turnovers (Montana had nine).

“We have to take better care of the ball, and our play on the defensive end has to be better, more determined, then it was today,” Schuller said.

Eastern Washington (9-12, 4-4 BSC) is now tied for third place with Northern Colorado (4-4 BSC). The Grizzlies (18-4, 7-1 BSC) finish the day tied for first after Montana State beat Portland State (7-1 BSC) this afternoon, 94-90, in overtime.

The Eagles hit the road next week, playing Sacramento State (5-16, 3-5 BSC) at 7:05 p.m. before facing Northern Arizona (6-15, 3-5 BSC) two days later.

“We have an important road trip in front of us,” Schuller said. “We have two games that we need to take care of.”

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