Eagles Open Season 1-0 on Strength of Three-Point Shooting

Nov. 11, 2007

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The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team got its 2007-08 season under way with a 63-48 victory over visiting Montana Tech on Sunday (Nov. 11). The Eagles showed their shooting prowess from three-point range, nailing 10-of-20 shots taken from beyond the arc (50.0 percent).

Leading the way in three-point shooting this afternoon were Katy Baker and Kyla Evans. Baker hit on 4-of-6 shots from three-point range (7-of-15 overall) and finished with a game-high 18 points, while Evans was just behind. The freshman made 5-of-7 shots, all from beyond the three-point arc, and added a pair of free throws to finish with 17 points.

Nicole Scott also contributed 10 points to the winning effort to go with team-high totals of eight rebounds and two blocks. Sydney Benson contributed six boards, while Jessica Huntington had four assists in the contest.

The Eagles also continued their amazing free throw shooting skills from last year, making 11-of-12 today for 91.7 percent. Last year, Eastern Washington set a school record by shooting 71.2 percent from the charity stripe (400-of-562).

Eastern (1-0) controlled the entire first half, running out to an 11-2 lead and not letting the Orediggers (3-4) get closer than six points the remainder of the stanza.

The beginning of the second half was a different story, however, as Montana Tech went on a 7-1 run to start play, pulling to within two at 36-34 with 14:43 remaining. After the Orediggers cut their deficit to 48-44 with 4:45 left, Eastern responded with a banked three-pointer by Baker, another trey by Evans and a Scott jumper to go up 56-44 with 3:14 remaining.

"We knew Montana Tech was a team that was going to come in and play hard," Schuller said. "They had some players, especially some guards, who could really score and get in the lane. Their posts played extremely hard and pushed us around a little bit. They did a great job on the glass and deserve a lot of credit for the effort they brought.

"Kyla hit a couple big shots that helped us pull away (two threes in the last four minutes). We knew she could do well, and I am glad to see her step it up and have a big game shooting the ball like that."

The Eagles will now look ahead to a home game on Thursday (Nov. 15) versus Nevada at 5:35 p.m. The Wolf Pack opened up its season today as well, falling to San Diego State at home 67-61. As part of a doubleheader, Eastern's men's team will play host to UC Riverside at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday.

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