MISSOULA, Mont. - The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team picked up a crucial Big Sky Conference road victory over Montana in Missoula on Thursday evening (Jan. 10). The Eagles never trailed in the win and Violet Kapri Morrow led the way with 17 points, while also becoming the newest member of Eastern's 1,000-point club, in addition to three others in double figures.
"Kapri had a phenomenal game, she rebounded, defended and obviously scored. She played like a senior who really wanted to win in her last game here in Missoula," said head coach Wendy Schuller. "The milestone of 1,000 points is an awesome achievement, something that she has worked very hard for. She's a really fun kid to coach because she's so versatile and because she plays so hard. It's nice to get a win when you achieve a milestone like that, she will never forget it."
In the fifth-straight win over the Grizzlies and just the sixth all-time victory on the road in Missoula, Grace Kirscher scored 15 points followed by Andie Easley who had a career-high 14. Alissa Sealby rounded out the scoring with 11 points.
"I'm very proud of our young women for their effort tonight. They worked extremely hard on the defensive end to do the things we were asking them to do. Offensively, we took some steps forward in terms of execution and knocking down the shots we needed to," added Schuller. "I really thought it was a great team effort, a lot of kids stepped up and did big things."
Eastern opened up the game with a 6-0 run and never looked back. It seemed as if the Eagles couldn't miss, shooting 53.8 percent (7-13) from the field in the first quarter and led 9-2 early on. Montana worked to cut Eastern's lead, but never could get closer than two points as EWU held the 17-15 advantage after one quarter of play.
Morrow scored her 1,000th career-point in midway through the second period to give Eastern a 29-21 lead. A Kirscher three-pointer put a cap on a 5-0 run for the Eagles and extended the lead to the largest one of the night, 32-21. Montana would threaten with a 7-0 spurt, but it was the Eagles who held a 36-30 lead at the half.
Montana went on an early 8-3 run to open the third quarter when the Eagles got hot on the perimeter, knocking down five three-pointers in the third period including back-to-back triples from Easley. The Eagles then fell into a scoring lull for nearly three minutes, but the defense locked down and kept the Grizzlies off of the board for the final four minutes of the quarter and took a 10-point lead into the fourth.
Morrow was reliable in the fourth quarter, scoring seven of Eastern's 13 points. The Eagles only shot 25 percent from the field in the fourth and were outscored 17-13, but stayed collected during a quick 5-0 run from Montana to win 68-62 in Missoula.
KAPRI'S QUEST TO 1,000: Needing just seven more points entering tonight's game, senior Violet Kapri Morrow scored 17 and became the 18th member of Eastern Washington's 1,000-point club. She was the 15th fastest Eagle to reach the prestigious milestone in 106 games and the first EWU player to join the club since Delaney Hodgins during the 2016-17 season.
Morrow now has 1,010 career points which is 18th all-time on Eastern's career scoring list, needing just 11 points to move into 17th.
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