CHENEY, Wash. - The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team battled Boise State to the final minutes, but couldn't overcome a scoring drought in the second quarter, falling 61-57 on Sunday evening (Dec. 3).
It was a family affair inside Reese Court, as senior Delaney Hodgins faced off against her younger sister, Boise State sophomore guard Braydey Hodgins. Both sisters led their respective teams in scoring – Delaney Hodgins had 26 points while Braydey Hodgins added 14.
Eastern Washington came out scrappy as they forced three Boise State turnovers within the first two minutes while opening a 6-0 run. An Amy Hartleroad three-pointer in the final seconds gave Eastern a 13-11 lead after the first quarter.
Boise State took their first lead in the second quarter, going on a 13-2 run over six minutes, as the Eagles surrendered seven turnovers that period. EWU was also outscored 15-6, and after two quarters of play, the Broncos took a 26-19 lead into the locker room.
"I thought we had great energy and played extremely hard. The effort level was great and I was pleased with that," said head coach Wendy Schuller. "We had a really bad second quarter and that didn't put us in a good place. We came out during the second half and got things flowing a little bit better, but Boise State did the same. We got into a hole and it's hard to dig yourself out of a hole like that."
The Eagles had a strong third quarter, shooting 46.2% from the field and limiting the Broncos to just 34.8%. After BSU went 3-3 from field goal range early, the Eagles held them scoreless for over three minutes of play.
Eastern Washington opened the fourth quarter down by seven and were able to hold the Broncos without a field goal for the final four minutes. However, BSU was able to make it to the free throw line and were 10-14 in the fourth quarter. Violet Kapri Morrow would hit a three-pointer to put the Eagles within five points with 25 seconds remaining. The Eagles outscored the Broncos 25-17 in the fourth quarter, but couldn't cut their deficit, falling 61-57.
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