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Four Eagles in Double-Figures Helps Lift Eastern Washington Over Cal Poly

CHENEY, Wash. - A game that saw 24 lead changes and 16 ties ended in favor of the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team on Monday night (Dec. 11). The Eagles claimed their second-straight victory over Cal Poly, topping them by a score of 75-72.
 
EWU had four players in double-figures for the first time this season. Senior Delaney Hodgins led the way with 18, followed closely by Uriah Howard and Violet Kapri Morrowwho had 17 apiece. Sophomore Symone Starks rounded out the scoring with 10 after hitting three three-point field goals.
 
"This was good for us, we really needed to get over the hump. We have been working on and emphasizing our offense for a while, so it was really nice to finally see the team and our offensive capabilities that I've thought we've had all year and we finally saw it happen today," said head coach Wendy Schuller. "I love seeing a stat sheet with four players in double figures, that's great for us."
 
As a team, the Eagles shot a season-best 57.8 percent and shot over 50 percent in all four quarters on 26 for 45 shooting. They also hit a season-high nine three pointers and went 14-for-19 from the line.
 
Eastern held a 21-17 lead after one quarter of play thanks to a Starks buzzer beater. After the Mustangs went five-for-five from field goal range, an Alissa Sealby hook shot at the buzzer sent the Eagles into locker room trailing 44-41, but they were shooting over 60 percent from the field.
 
Thirteen of Hodgins' 18 points came in the second half, as she tied the game for the Eagles early in the fourth quarter, and then gave EWU the lead following a three-point field goal.
 
Howard was the hero of the fourth quarter. With the Eagles down 70-72, she would hit a three pointer to tie the game up with 2:01 remaining. After an EWU timeout, Hodgins received the ball and dished it to Howard who was sent to the line and sunk both free throws, giving Eastern a 75-72 advantage with less than a minute remaining.
 
Cal Poly would try and shoot the tying three-pointer, but were unsuccessful. Eastern held them without a field goal for the final two minutes as they sealed the 75-72 victory inside Reese Court.
 
WIN LOSS RECORDS: The victory marks Eastern's second in a row as they move to 4-5 on the season. Cal Poly snaps a three-game win streak and moves to an even 4-4 overall. The Mustangs still lead the all-time series 3-2, but EWU improves to 2-1 all-time against Cal Poly inside Reese Court.


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