Eagles stutter on offense, drop game to Idaho State at home
CHENEY, Wash. — The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team fell to Idaho State in Big Sky Conference action on Thursday evening (March 7) at Reese Court by a score of 74-45.
The Eagles shot just 31.4 percent from the field (16-51) with a season-low four three-pointers. The Bengals put together a 48.3 percent performance (29-60) with 10 three-pointers.
“Idaho State walked in the door locked in, ready to go, and punched us in the mouth and we never responded. We weren’t efficient or sharp offensively, didn’t defend very well and I wasn’t pleased with our execution,” said head coach Wendy Schuller . “We have to give Idaho State a lot of credit, they played very well.”
Idaho State came out hot and made seven of their first 10 shot attempts. The Bengals used a 9-1 run early in the first quarter and the Eagles were forced to play catch up from there and trailed 25-13 at the end of the first.
The woes carried into the second quarter, as Eastern Washington shot just 20 percent from the field to trail 40-22 at the half.
Eastern Washington improved in the second half, shooting 40.9 percent from the field, including over 50 percent in the third quarter, but could never lessen its deficit, falling 74-45.
Every Eagle that played over two minutes scored for Eastern in the loss, led by Violet Kapri Morrow who had eight points. Alissa Sealby followed with seven included two three-pointers. Brittany Klaman added six points and two steals. Amira Chandler led the team with five rebounds.
WIN-LOSS RECORDS: With the loss, Eastern Washington falls to 10-18 on the season and 9-10 in Big Sky Conference play with one regular season game remaining.
Idaho State, who has now won two-straight over the Eagles, improve to 19-9 and 14-5.
KEY STATISTICS: Eastern Washington was outrebounded, 43 to 26 and only had seven assists to Idaho State’s 20. Eastern’s bench was outscored 26 to 17.
Idaho State was 10-for-24 from three-point range and the Eagles were just 4-for-16. The Bengals made six of seven free throw attempts and Eastern made nine of 14.
UP NEXT: The final regular season game takes place on Saturday, March 9, at 2:05 p.m. when the Eagles host Weber State for Senior Day. Prior to the game, Amira Chandler , Baylee Rexing , Violet Kapri Morrow and Alissa Sealby will be honored before they take to their home floor for the final team.
Eastern Washington will look to make it five-straight over the Wildcats (5-24, 2-17) who they topped on Dec. 29 by a score of 64-58. Weber State is coming off of an 86-78 loss to Idaho tonight (March 7).
1,000 POINTS AND COUNTING: After an eight-point performance tonight, Violet Kapri Morrow now has 1,275 career points and counting, which is eighth all-time on Eastern’s career scoring list, needing 15 more to move into seventh to pass Vanessa Jones (1989-92) after beginning the season in 30th.
BIG SKY IN BOISE: Following the final home games, the Eagles will head to Boise, Idaho for the 2019 Big Sky Conference Tournament presented by My Place Hotels on March 11-15.
Eastern Washington will most likely finish sixth in the conference standings, as they are two games back from Montana State who is in fifth-place after a win against Sacramento State tonight (March 7).
Idaho, Northern Colorado, Portland State and Idaho State have all clinched first-round byes for the tournament next week. Additionally, the Eagles will be searching for their 10 th conference win on Saturday. They have garnered at least 10 wins in league play for the past eight out of nine seasons, the only Big Sky program to do so.
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