March 7, 2009
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team ended its 2008-09 season with an 85-67 road loss to Montana State on Saturday evening (March 7).
The first half of the game was very close, as neither squad went up by more than seven points. Eastern had its high point at the 8:32 mark when the team finished off a 6-0 run, all courtesy of Julie Piper, to take a 25-19 lead.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, Montana State reversed that six-point difference and went into the break with a 40-34 lead. The Bobcats were up by as many as seven in that half, 38-31. Then Montana State pulled away in the second half, gradually extending its lead throughout the stanza.
The Eagles did have two players who put together impressive offensive performances tonight, as Pauline Ferrall and Piper each made 8-of-14 from the floor. Ferrall's 17 points set a career high for the freshman, while Piper also went a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe to tally a game-high 19 points in the contest.
Eastern had balanced rebounding numbers, as Nicole Scott and Piper shared the team's lead with five apiece. Cameryn Calhoun led the Eagles in assists with three, as well as in the steals category with three.
Seniors playing their final game in an Eagle uniform tonight were Morgan Rulon and Amy Bratvold. Rulon had three points on 1-of-2 shooting, all from the three-point line, while Bratvold had two points on 2-of-2 shooting from the free throw stripe.
The Eagles wrapped up the 2008-09 season tonight with a 10-19 record, 5-11 in Big Sky play. The team finished in a three-way tie for seventh place with Northern Colorado and Weber State. Eastern Washington was one game behind sixth-place Northern Arizona in the race for the final Big Sky Championship spot.
Eastern Washington had an impressive comeback season this year, improving on last year's campaign by six overall and four Big Sky victories, as that team was 4-25, 1-15 in league contests.
The future appear bright, as well, as the team looks to return 11-of-13 players and started three freshmen (Ferrall, Calhoun and Chene Cooper) and two sophomores (Piper and Kyla Evans) in its last three contests.