November 1, 2006

Eagles Open 2006-07 Campaign With Exhibition Contest

Nov. 1, 2006

The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team opens its 2006-07 schedule with an exhibition game on Thursday (Nov. 2) at 7:05 p.m. Eastern takes on former Eagle Nicole King and Northwest Sports, a traveling team of former collegiate players.

The Eagles are coming off a 13-15 (7-7 Big Sky Conference) season. With that mark, EWU has now compiled consecutive .500-or-better conference campaigns for the first time since the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons. The squad was selected fifth (tied with Portland State) in the recently released Big Sky Conference media poll and sixth in the coaches poll.

King played with the Eagles from 1991-92 through 1995-96 and currently holds the 10th spot on the all-time single-season Eagle free throw shooting percentage leaders list (.768, 53-of-69).

A couple of experimental rules will be in play during this game only. The NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee is experimenting with the three-point line extended nine inches beyond the current distance to 20 feet, 6 inches. The 10-second backcourt violation rule, which is currently only in play for men's games, will also be utilized.

Eastern Washington begins its regular season on Nov. 10 against Montana Tech (1-0). The game will tip off at 2:05 p.m. and will take place at Spokane Community College. Reese Court in Cheney is unavailable due to home EWU volleyball matches and the WIAA State 2B Volleyball Tournament taking place that weekend.

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