Dec. 2, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team uncharacteristically allowed its opponent to shoot lights out in a 74-55 loss to Utah State on a snowy Sunday afternoon (Dec. 2) in Cheney, Wash.
The Aggies made 56.8 percent of their attempts (25-of-44), 66.7 of their three-point shots (8-of-12) and 94.1 percent on their attempts from the charity stripe (16-of-17). Those totals were not only significantly higher than USU's averages for the year coming into the game (36.7, 31.6 and 76.7 percent, respectively), but were also much higher numbers than Eastern had allowed this season (37.1, 32.6 and 67.8 percent, respectively).
"We spent a lot of time on the scouting report, and they were getting the shots that we had been talking about that we can't allow," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "To Utah State's credit, they shot the heck out of the ball. They came into the game shooting 32 percent from three-point range and ended up shooting 67 percent. We tried to play the statistics, and they knocked shots down. They deserve a lot of credit for that."
The rest of the statistical breakdown was roughly even or Eastern had the edge. The Eagles set the pace in rebounds 35-28, while the Eagles committed one less turnover than the Aggies, 14-15.
"It's something we've talked about a lot," Schuller said of Eastern's largest rebounding advantage of the season. "We've made adjustments and have gotten better, but we can't get better in one aspect and decrease in another. We have to be able to function at a high level in all different aspects of the game. We pride ourselves on our field goal percentage defensively, and they shot 57 percent. That's inexcusable for us."
Katy Baker had the best scoring output for Eastern today, as she scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Recording nine points today were Julie Piper and Nicole Scott. Kyla Evans had four assists and two steals in the contest.
Utah State took control of the contest from the get-go, never allowing Eastern to have a lead and only allowing the game to be tied twice, at 2-2 and 4-4. The Aggies saw their first-half advantage get as high as 13 and led by as many as 21 in the second stanza.
Two Eagle freshmen had their first career starts today, Evans and Piper.
"We were trying to mix things up to give us some energy," Schuller said of the changes to the starting lineup.
The Eagles will wrap up a three-game homestand with a 7:05 p.m. contest versus Idaho on Wednesday (Dec. 5). The Vandals dropped to 0-7 with a 70-58 home loss to North Dakota State on Saturday (Dec. 1).