Feb. 21, 2009
The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team suffered a blow to its postseason hopes with an 80-58 road loss to Northern Colorado on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 21). The Bears put the difference between the teams with a 21-0 run in the first half.
Eastern Washington is now tied for sixth place (and the final postseason spot) in the air-tight Big Sky standings at 5-8, sharing that position with Idaho State. The Eagles trail third-place Montana State (6-7 BSC) by a game and are ahead of eighth-place Sacramento State (4-8 BSC) by half a game. The Hornets play at Northern Arizona (5-7 BSC) tonight.
The game was close throughout the majority of the first half, as neither team took greater than a four-point lead until the Bears went on their 21-0 run to go up 36-16 with 1:31 showing on the clock. The closest Eastern Washington would get the remainder of the game would be 13 at 42-29 after Kyla Evans nailed a three with 18:05 to go in the game.
Leading the Eagles in scoring and rebounding was Nicole Scott, who had 11 points and seven rebounds this afternoon. Also scoring in double figures were Julie Piper and Evans (10). Evans had the best shooting performance, making 66.7 percent of her attempts (4-of-6) and was a perfect 2-of-2 from three-point range.
Chene Cooper, who had the first start of the freshman’s career today, finished with a team-high four assists and two steals. Pauline Ferrall had four blocks, tied for the most by any Eagle this year (Scott also had four on Nov. 28 at UNLV).
The Eagles will next play at Portland State (19-7, 12-1 BSC) in the Rose City at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 28). The Vikings are tied for first with Montana (12-1 BSC).