Dec. 15, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team won its second game in three tries by defeating visiting Great Falls 73-57 on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 15). The Eagles rode the strength of two school-record performances to the victory.
Sydney Benson tallied seven steals in the contest to tie the EWU mark, reached by five different players and last by Joanna Chadd versus Denver on Jan. 8, 2004. Benson also had a double-double in the contest with 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Kyla Evans set a record in three-point attempts with 14 and came within three for the mark in three-point makes. Evans made 6-of-14 from beyond the arc and 7-of-21 from the field to earn an Eastern season-high point total of 22. The freshman has also scored 20 on two different occasions for the next two highest point totals attained by a 2007-08 Eagle.
The Eagles were helped today by 23 offensive rebounds and 17 second-chance points. Eastern also rallied from a 28-21 rebound deficit at the half to out rebound UGF 24-12 in the second stanza.
"I thought our players did a great job going to the glass, especially in the second half," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "Great Falls played hard and did a really good job rebounding in the first half. We had to shore that up in the second."
Great Falls had its largest lead of the game at five early on with a 10-5 advantage. The Eagles, however, immediately rallied for 14 straight points to go up 19-10 with 11:02 left in the first half. Eastern coasted home from there, not letting the Argonauts get closer than six the rest of the way. The largest EWU lead in the game was 20 at 58-38 with 9:44 remaining.
The Eagles will now hit the road for five straight games, starting with a trip to San Francisco for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday (Dec. 18). Eastern Washington will also play Pacific at 7 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 21). The last non-conference game for Eastern will be at Gonzaga on Dec. 29.
"These are important games because it's our last true road trip before conference play," Schuller said. "It's a good test in terms of how we can play on a trip like that."