Eastern Washington topped by Sacramento State

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CHENEY, Wash. — The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team had a 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but dropped a 74-67 decision to the visiting Sacramento State Hornets on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 1).

Freshman Jenna Dick played all 40 minutes and exploded for a career-high 28 points, the most by an Eagle this season. She also made eight three pointers, which is second all-time in program history for three-pointers in a single game.

Kennedy Dickie (14) and Grace Kirscher (13) also scored in double figures, while Bella Cravens pulled down 10 rebounds and Jessica McDowell-White dished 11 assists.

“I think we’re all really frustrated right now. We need to be more consistent and do what we’re supposed to do every single time. I thought we came out guns a blazing on both ends of the floor in the first quarter,” said head coach Wendy Schuller. “Offensively, I thought we stopped attacking the way that we were attacking in the first quarter. We got away from that mindset. At halftime, we talked about how our baskets were coming off of assists and we were creating for each other, that’s a mindset we have to keep all the time.”

The Eagles came out and shot the lights out to open the first quarter, as they were a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range to open the game, making four of those in less than three minutes.

Dick made three three-pointers in the first quarter alone and helped the Eagles build an 18-8 lead. The Eagles closed the quarter on a 12-5 run to lead 27-13 after a quarter of play. Dick had 11 first quarter points to help the Eagles shoot 58.8 percent (10-17) from field goal range and 63.6 percent (7-11) from beyond the arc. Sacramento State was held to 26.7 percent from the field.

The Eagles hit a scoring lull for 4:07 in the second quarter, and during that time, the Hornets used an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 32-24. Dick’s fifth three-pointers of the night snapped the run, but Sacramento State outscored the Eagles 21-14 during the second quarter. Eastern Washington still held a 41-34 lead at the half after shooting 45 percent in the first half and holding Sacramento State to 26 percent.

Kennedy Dickie drained two three-pointers to help the Eagles stretch the lead to 49-38 during the third. From there, Sacramento State responded and used a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 49-47. Dick would snap the run once again with her sixth three-pointer of the night to notch a new career-high 22 points. Eastern Washington was once again outscored 18-14 during the third but still led 55-53 heading into the final quarter of play.

The final quarter saw three lead changes and two ties, with Sacramento State finding their first lead since the 9:50 mark of the first quarter with 9:23 left in the fourth. The Hornets took their final lead of the night with 2:38 remaining, closing the quarter on a 14-2 run to take the come-from-behind 74-67 victory.

WIN-LOSS RECORDS: Eastern Washington falls to 2-16 overall and 1-8 in Big Sky Conference play while Sacramento State improves to 6-13 and 4-6.

TOP PERFORMANCES: Jenna Dick led the way with a career-high 28 points. She was 9-for-16 from the field, 8-for-14 from three-point range and a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. She also dished out four assists.

Kennedy Dickie followed with 14 points, making three three-pointers and pulling down seven rebounds. Grace Kirscher also made three three-pointers and scored 13 points.

Bella Cravens led the team in rebounds (10), blocks (3) and steals (2). Jessica McDowell-White also had two steals and dished out 11 assists.

KEY STATISTICS: On the night, Eastern Washington was 25-of-67 (37.3%) from the field with 14 made three-pointers, good for 36.8 percent.

Sacramento State shot 33.8 percent (24-71) from the field, 15-for-45 (33.3%) from three-point range and 11 of 18 (61.1%) from the free throw line. Eastern Washington was only 3-for-4 from the free throw line.

The Hornets had the edge in rebounds, 49 to 42. Eastern Washington was outscored in second-chance points, 24 to 12. The Eagles outscored the Hornets 20 to 14 in the pain and forced 14 turnovers, turning them in to 20 points.

UP NEXT: The Eagles return to Reese Court on Monday, Feb. 3, to host Northern Arizona. Tip-off is set for 6:05 p.m.