November 2, 2006

Eagles Open 2006-07 Schedule with Exhibition Win

Nov. 2, 2006

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The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team opened up its 2006-07 campaign with an 86-80 exhibition win over Northwest Sports, a traveling team of former collegiate players, on Thursday evening (Nov. 2).

Eastern was led by Brittney Osborn (22 points, four rebounds), and Katy Baker (20 points, seven rebounds). Tara Holgate also contributed a double-digit point total (12).

Northwest Sports held its largest lead of the game on two occasions early in the contest, 9-5 and 11-7. At that point, EWU went on a 12-4 run to jump back out in front, 19-15. With 8:29 remaining in the second half, Eastern proceeded to score seven straight points to turn a two-point deficit into a 27-22 lead. The highest Eagle advantage of the stanza came at the break, 42-31.

The Eagles pulled away midway through the second half, taking a commanding 71-50 lead with 9:45 remaining. Although Northwest Sports outscored EWU, 30-15, the rest of the way, the Eagles were able to hold on for the six-point win.

Northwest Sports was led in rebounds by former Eagle Nicole King, with five. King played for EWU from 1991-92 through 1995-96 and still holds the 10th spot on the all-time single-season Eagle free throw shooting percentage leaders list (.768, 53-of-69).

Allie Bailey, who also played at Eastern (1998-99 through 2001-02), is tied for third on the career steals chart (145). She scored a basket in eight minutes of play tonight.

A couple of experimental rules were in play during the contest. The NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee is currently experimenting with the three-point line extended nine inches beyond the current distance to 20 feet, 6 inches. The 10-second backcourt violation rule, which is currently only in play for men's games, was also utilized.

Eastern Washington begins its regular season on Nov. 10 against Montana Tech (1-0). The game will tip off at 2:05 p.m. and will take place at Spokane Community College. Reese Court in Cheney is unavailable due to home EWU volleyball matches and the WIAA State 2B Volleyball Tournament taking place that weekend.

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