Hodgins Leads Eastern To Big Win At Home
CHENEY, Wash. — Make it three wins in a row for the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team who picked up a 20-point victory over Northern Arizona on Thursday night (Jan. 18) to move to 9-9 overall and 4-2 in Big Sky Conference play. Delaney Hodgins (30) and Violet Kapri Morrow (27) each scored new career-highs in the 82-62 victory.
As a team, the Eagles shot 45.3 percent from the field (29-for-64), including a blistering 46.4 percent from behind the arc, hitting a season-high 13 three-pointers. They also had 23 assists compared to only 14 turnovers, while forcing 19.
“To score 82 points is great for us, but the stat of the night is 23 assists with 14 turnovers. It shows that we’re sharing the basketball and finding people that were open and knocking down shots,” said head coach Wendy Schuller . “We shot really well from three which is something that we have worked to do and I think that we are progressing and getting where we want to. That was good stuff to see.”
After leading by only one point after the first quarter, the Eagles shot 47 percent in the second frame to outscore NAU 23-8, limiting the Lumberjacks to just 28.6 percent shooting.
In the third quarter, Northern Arizona used a 6-0 run to cut its deficit to single digits. However, the Eagles would drain five three pointers during the frame on 47 percent shooting.
In the fourth, Eastern exploded on a 6-0 run over 53 seconds to lead by 25 points and held NAU scoreless for over three minutes as they cruised to their third straight victory.
The Eagles led for over 37 minutes of the game. Morrow shot lights-out from the field on 9-for-11 shooting including a perfect four-for-four from three-point range.
“Kapri is having a phenomenal year. She has stepped up in so many ways that aren’t all reflected on the stat sheet. She has established herself as a scorer for us and has become a very nice three-point shooter,” added Schuller. “But she can post and rebound and get to the rim. She is turning into a special player. When she came to Eastern Washington we knew she had that ability and she has worked extremely hard to get herself there.”