Eagles Pick Up Fourth Straight Victory, Top Southern Utah 58-41

Eagles Pick Up Fourth Straight Victory, Top Southern Utah 58-41

The Eastern Washington women’s basketball team ended a crucial three-game home stand with their fourth victory in a row over Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 20). EWU now moves to 10-9 on the season and 5-2 in Big Sky Conference play.

Eastern limited the Thunderbirds to just 25 percent (14-for-56) from the field while shooting 43.8 percent (21-for-48) themselves. Delaney Hodgins led the way with her fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Violet Kapri Morrow followed closely with 16 points. Southern Utah and Eastern both rank first and second, respectively, in the Big Sky in steals and they each collected nine on the day.

“Defense is always a point of emphasis for us, we take a lot of pride in guarding whoever it is that we need to guard and being able to adjust to different styles. Our players came in, especially in the first quarter, and we were locked in and ready to defend,” said head coach Wendy Schuller , who coached her 500th game at Eastern Washington this afternoon. “I was a little bit disappointed with the start of our second half, we didn’t come out with that same fire or intensity, but we got it back rolling again and it was a great defensive effort.”

Eastern Washington hit four out of five field goal attempts to open on a 9-1 run, after a 10-0 run over three minutes, they held a 19-3 lead after one quarter.

Alissa Sealby opened the second quarter on a 5-0 run of her own. The two teams would trade baskets after that, each hitting three consecutive field goals. Symone Starks and Brittany Klaman hit back-to-back threes and the Eagles took a 35-17 lead into halftime.

Southern Utah came out and went on a 12-2 run over the first three minutes of the first quarter to cut their deficit to 11 points. A layup by Sparks followed by another three by Klaman sparked an 8-0 Eastern run that gave them their largest lead of the night with 20 points.

Both sides slowed down in the fourth quarter by remaining scoreless for over three minutes each. Despite encountering turnover trouble, EWU outscored the Thunderbirds 9-7 and picked up the 58-41 victory.