FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team had its three-game winning streak come to an end on Thursday (Jan. 19), as the Eagles fell at Northern Arizona, 56-47, in Big Sky Conference action.
Eastern struggled to shoot from 7,000-feet above sea level, as they shot 26.8 percent from the field against the Lumberjacks. Both the 47 points scored and the 26.8 shooting percentage were season lows for the Eagles.
"Tonight was a tough loss in a tough place to play," said head coach Wendy Schuller. "I was really disappointed in our offensive output. I have to make sure I have us ready to play, and tonight we didn't appear to be. We need to get healthy and back on track in a hurry."
Junior Delaney Hodgins was an offensive bright spot for Eastern on Thursday, as the conference's leading scorer collected 20 points against NAU. Tonight's 20-point effort marks the seventh-time this season that she has scored 20-or-more points in a game.
Senior Ashli Payne chipped in 11 points for EWU, as the duo of Hodgins and Payne combined to score 31 of Eastern's 47 points on the night.
It was a defensive slugfest for the first three quarters of Thursday's contest, as the Eagles held a slim 29-28 lead entering the final quarter of play.
Northern Arizona match its point total for the game in the fourth quarter alone, as they posted 28 points in the final 10 minutes of play to pull away from the Eagles and collect a nine-point victory.