Eastern Women Take Down Idaho
CHENEY, Wash. — The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team played host to Idaho in a Big Sky Conference matchup on Friday, Jan. 12 where they picked up a 71-64 victory. The Eagles had four in double figures and only committed four turnovers en route to their third BSC win of the season.
Delaney Hodgins led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season while adding four assists. Violet Kapri Morrow (15), Symone Starks (11) and Uriah Howard (10) also scored in double figures. Eastern’s bench contributed 21 points as the team shot 39.4 percent on the night.
“Our team did a great job after a long week of preparation sticking to our game plan. We played hard and fearlessly,” said head coach Wendy Schuller . “Offensively, that was something that we struggled with. We thought about things way too much and today I thought we really played fearlessly. Our depth was an advantage and we tried to push the tempo and ball as much as we could.”
Both sides traded baskets through the first quarter and the Eagles forced four turnovers in the first 10 minutes to lead by one, 16-15.
Eastern’s offense heated up in the second quarter as they used a 7-0 run to lead by five points. The Eagles were also strong on the defensive side of the ball, holding Idaho without a field goal for the final four minutes of the second quarter to lead 36-30 at the half. EWU shot 39% in the first half with 41 field goal attempts.
The Eagles shot 33.3 percent in the third quarter as they led by 11 points heading into the fourth. Symone Starks would hit two three-point field goals and a pair of free throws to help the Eagles go up by 12 along in addition to Delaney Hodgins ‘ seven third quarter points. The Vandals were held scoreless for over three minutes in the third quarter.
Idaho would not back down as they cut their deficit to just five points after hitting three-for-three from field goal range. The Vandals would outscore the Eagles in the fourth quarter, but EWU would hit five-for-seven, and shot 55.6 percent overall in the final frame, and held Idaho without a field goal for the final 2:42 as the they held on for the Big Sky victory.