Dec. 21, 2007
The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team put together an impressive rally from 14 points down with five minutes left to pull to within five before falling to the host Pacific Tigers 82-74 on Friday night (Dec. 21). Tatjana Sparavalo had an incredible second half in helping lead the Eagles to their best shooting half in nearly two years.
The Eagles were down 70-53 with 4:34 left before cutting their deficit to 72-67 with 1:52 remaining, making all six shots attempted during that stretch. That would be the closest Eastern (3-9) would get, as Pacific (4-7) pulled away from there.
Tatjana Sparavalo was on fire in the second half, as she nailed 9-of-11 shots from the floor that stanza. She scored all 23 of her points in the second half, which nearly doubled the freshman's previous career high of 12 and is the most points scored by an Eagle so far this season.
The Eagles as a team shot at a 60.6 percent clip after the break (20-of-33), which is the team's best shooting percentage in a half since EWU made 62.5 percent of its shots (15-of-24) in the second half of a 77-50 win over Montana State on Jan. 26, 2006.
"Overall Pacific did a good job, played extremely hard and were well prepared," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "We just did a really poor job in the first half. They played a 2-3 match-up zone and we did not attack it the way needed to and dug ourselves a huge hole.
"In the second half, we did a much better job attacking, taking what was open and knocking shots down. We made a nice surge late, but just couldn't get ourselves over the hump. That hole was tough to overcome."
Two other Eagles contributed double-digit point totals tonight: Sydney Benson (15) and Evans (13). Benson also had nine rebounds to set the Eagle pace in that category. Jessica Huntington had four assists.
The Eagles will play their next game up the road in Spokane against local rival Gonzaga. The game will tip off from the Kennel at 5 p.m. on Dec. 29 and will be Eastern's final non-conference game before entering Big Sky Conference play on Jan. 3 at Northern Arizona.