Eagles Battle, Fall on Road to Vandals

Nov. 29, 2006

Final Stats

The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team dropped to 3-4 on the 2006-07 season, falling to the University of Idaho Vandals (2-3) on Wednesday evening (Nov. 28) by a 73-60 score. The Eagles were led by Joanna Chadd, who had 21 points, the second-most point total earned by an Eagle so far this season (she had 25 in a 96-57 win over Corban on Nov. 17). It also tied for the third-highest point total she has earned in her career.

Other point-scoring leaders for Eastern included Katy Baker (eight points) and Nicole Scott (seven points). Leaders on the boards for the Eagles were Baker (9), Sydney Benson (6) and Brittney Osborn (5). Benson also had EWU's three blocks on the night.

Both teams started the game on fire, as the teams combined to make 8-of-9 shots to start the game (Eastern was 5-of-6 and UI was 3-of-3 at that point). Chadd opened the scoring with a swished three and then, following a pair of Vandal free throws, would toss another one through the twine, that one from 25 feet out.

The Eagles jumped out to a 10-4 lead, but the Vandals would get back in the game with a 10-2 run to take a 20-16 advantage. After an Eastern 14-4 run earned the Eagles a 30-24 edge, the Vandals finished the half on a hot note, scoring nine of the final 11 points of the stanza to take a 33-32 edge into the locker room.

The second half saw Idaho keep its run going, scoring 10 of the initial 11 tallies of the stanza to make a combined 19-3 spurt for a commanding 43-33 lead. The Eagles battled midway through the half, shrinking a 12-point Idaho advantage (51-39) to five at 57-52, but that would be as close as EWU would be able to get. After the Eagles once again cut their edge to five at 59-54, Idaho pulled away with a 14-4 run.

The Eagles return to the Palouse this Saturday (Dec. 2) to take on the Washington State Cougars (1-4). Tip-off for the contest is 2 p.m. Eastern returns home the following Saturday (Dec. 9) to finish off its three-game stretch versus the other three NCAA Division I schools of the Inland Northwest, playing host to local rival Gonzaga (5-3) at 2:05 p.m.

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