Eastern Washington falls to Portland State in final regular season road game
PORTLAND, Ore. — The shots wouldn’t fall for the Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon (March 2), and it resulted in a 76-57 loss to Portland State on the road in the team’s final regular season road contest.
Eastern shot just 31.1 percent (19-61) from the field. The Eagles, who had made at least nine three-pointers in their last 12 out of 13 contests, only made six today on 23 attempts.
Uriah Howard was the lone Eagle in double figures, scoring a season-high 17 points on 6-for-8 from the field with three three-pointers.
Violet Kapri Morrow snapped a 27-game double digit scoring streak, but became the eighth Eagle in program history to record over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 assists in a career. Morrow has 1,267 points, 504 rebounds and 136 assists.
“Today was a tough one. It felt like from the get go we were really lethargic and didn’t play with the pop and energy that we really needed to,” said head coach Wendy Schuller . “Portland State came out in the second half and really attacked us. I still never felt like we got going the way we were capable of. We need to get home to get some rest and get ready for senior week.”
Eastern Washington had an early 4-0 lead and held Portland State scoreless until the 6:32 mark. The Vikings then used a 10-0 run to lead 10-4 while keeping the Eagles scoreless for over five minutes of play. Eastern used a quick 5-0 run to come within one point and held the Vikings off of the scoreboard for the final two minutes of play to trail 10-9 after one quarter.
The second quarter saw four ties and two lead changes alone. With the game tied 23-23, Portland State used an 8-0 run to pull ahead 31-23. The Vikings closed the half on a 13-3 run and led by 10, 36-26, at the half.
The Eagles played catchup for the remainder of the game. Despite shooting over 42 percent from the field in the third quarter, Eastern trailed by as many as 18 and were outscored 24-to-18 as the Vikings led 60-44 after three periods.
Eastern was able to hold the Vikings without a field goal for 4:30 stretch in the fourth quarter and were only outscored 16-to-13, but dropped the 76-57 decision to Portland State.
WIN-LOSS RECORDS: With the loss, Eastern Washington drops to 10-17 overall and 9-9 in Big Sky play. Portland State improves to 21-6 and 13-5 and also clinched a first-round bye in the conference tournament with the victory.
The Eagles have now lost three-straight to the Vikings, but still lead the all-time series 35-28.
TOP PERFORMANCES: Uriah Howard led the Eagles with 17 points off of the bench on 6-for-8 shooting from the field and was 3-for-5 from three-point range. She was also a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line and added four rebounds and two assists.
Bella Cravens swatted four shots to lead the team, extending her blocked-shots streak to 13-straight games. She has 43 blocks her career which is third all-time by a freshman in program history. Cravens also had five rebounds in today’s game.
KEY STATISTICS: Portland State shot 49 percent from the field on 31-for-63 shooting while the Eagles were held to just 31 percent.
Both sides struggled from deep, as the Eagles were 6-for-23 and PSU was 6-for-21. Eastern was also out-rebounded 43 to 31 and only had 12 assists to Portland State’s 21.
Eastern’s bench out-scored PSU, 35 to 24.
1,000-POINTS AND COUNTING: On Jan. 10, 2019 in a road victory at Montana, senior Violet Kapri Morrow became the 18th member of Eastern Washington’s 1,000-point club. Needing just seven points at the beginning of the night, Morrow scored 17 points to reach the milestone.
She began the season with 800 career points and took just 106 career games to join the club, the 15th-fastest in program history. The Tacoma, Wash., native is the first player to reach the milestone since Delaney Hodgins during the 2016-17 season.
After an eight-point performance today in Portland, Morrow now has 1,267 career points and counting, which is eighth all-time on Eastern’s career scoring list, needing 23 more to move into seventh to pass Vanessa Jones (1989-92) after beginning the season in 30th.
During today’s game, Morrow became the eighth player in EWU history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 100 assists in a career. She now had 504 career rebounds and 136 assists. She is the 11 th player to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
UP NEXT: The final regular season games take place on March 7 th and 9 th when the Eagles play host to Idaho State and Weber State. Eastern opened the conference season with a win at Weber State on Dec. 29 but lost to Idaho State on Dec. 31.
The Bengals, who were off today (March 2) are currently in third in the Big Sky standings with an 18-9 overall record and are 13-5 in conference play. Weber State played at Northern Colorado today and lost 75-61. The Wildcats are in last in the standings (5-23, 2-16 BSC).
Saturday, March 9 will be Senior Day at Reese Court. The Eagles will honor and say goodbye to seniors Amira Chandler , Violet Kapri Morrow , Baylee Rexing and Alissa Sealby prior to the last home game of their careers. For tickets and more information, visit GoEags.com/tickets.