Nov. 25, 2006
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team (3-3) ran into the buzzsaw that is the LSU Lady Tigers (7-1), falling on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 25) to the ninth-ranked team in the country, 105-52, to conclude its play at the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic.
The highlight for Eastern was its shooting from the free-throw line, as the Eagles shot at a 94.1 percent clip (16-of-17). The top point scorer and rebounder for Eastern Washington was Katy Baker, as she tallied 12 points (including six points on 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line) to go with eight rebounds. Other contributers for the Eagles included Brittney Osborn (eight points, three rebounds), Ashley Knight (eight points) and Phynique Allen (seven points).
After averaging 10.5 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per contest in the tournament, Baker was named to the UTSA Thanksgiving All-Classic team.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to 12-2 and 35-7 leads and took its largest advantage of 63 at 96-33 and 98-35. The Eagles ended the game positively, scoring the last seven points.
The meeting was the first between the teams. LSU has played in the last three Final Fours.
Eastern Washington will play its next two games away from Reese Court, as well, albeit not far. The Eagles head across the border to Moscow, Idaho, to take on the Idaho Vandals (1-2) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 29), before taking on Washington State (2-2) in Pullman at 2 p.m. next Saturday (Dec. 2). The next game at Reese Court for Eastern will take place a week later, at 2:05 p.m. on Dec. 9 against Spokane-area rival Gonzaga (5-1).