Eagles Fall to Vandals

Nov. 25, 2008

Final Stats

The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team dropped an 80-70 road decision to Idaho in its final pre-Thanksgiving game contest on Tuesday evening (Nov. 25).

Idaho had control of the game from the beginning, as Eastern Washington was able to garner the lead only once, at 21-20 with 6:40 to play in the first half. That did, however, come at the end of an impressive 8-0 run by the Eagles. Amy Bratvold had four of those eight points.

In the second half, the Vandals quickly built a double-digit lead, initially at 46-35 with 14:43 to play in the contest. Eastern Washington did battle back from Idaho’s largest lead of 16 (on four occasions) to cut its deficit to single digits at 75-66 with 2:36 left after another impressive run, this one 9-0. Jessica Huntington had five of those nine points.

That, however, was the closest the Eagles would get.

“I was very disappointed with our effort tonight,” head coach Wendy Schuller said. “We didn’t play the way capable of playing. I have to give Idaho a lot of credit for coming out and (figuratively) hitting us. We never punched back, and we’ve got to be tougher than that.”

Huntington had four assists tonight and now has 219 in her career, the 10th-highest total in Eastern Washington history. The junior also contributed three steals and had 10 points in tonight’s game.

Leading the Eagles in scoring was Bratvold, as she tallied 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting. She also converted all four of her charity tosses in helping EWU hit 86.7 percent of its free throws as a team (13-of-15), Eastern’s best free throw shooting in a game since Jan. 12, when the term made 88.2 percent (15-of-17).

Julie Piper led the team in rebounds with six and was second in scoring with 12 points. Brianne Ryan had seven points and contributed four assists to tie for the team lead in that category with Huntington.

The Eagles were unfortunately hurt by their coldness from the three-point line tonight, as the team made just 21.7 percent of its attempts from beyond the arc (5-of-23). By comparison, Idaho converted 40.0 percent (4-of-10) of its three-point attempts.

The Eagles next play UNLV at 3:30 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 28). The Rebels are playing host to the Lady Rebel Round-Up, which also includes Cal State Fullerton and Georgia. Eastern Washington will face one of those two teams the next day, at either 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.

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