@EWUWBB Hosts Big Sky-Leading Montana Thursday Night

@EWUWBB Hosts Big Sky-Leading Montana Thursday Night
EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLES (11-8, 4-4 Big Sky Conference)
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MONTANA GRIZZLIES (15-5, 8-1 Big Sky Conference)
Game #20
Thursday, Feb. 5 | 6 p.m. PT
Reese Court (5,000) | Cheney, Wash.
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Cheney, Wash. – After three straight games away from home, the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Reese Court for its next two outings, beginning this Thursday, Feb. 5, against Big Sky Conference foe Montana.

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. PT and will be the Eagles' annual Cancer Awareness Game. EWU has partnered with the Community Cancer Fund for the second straight season, and the organization will be present to take donations and sell "Believe" t-shirts in an effort to raise money for cancer research.

Eastern (11-8, 4-4 BSC), suffered its fourth consecutive setback this past Saturday, Jan. 31, falling at Idaho, 71-58, despite 22 points from junior Hayley Hodgins. EWU shot just 35.6 percent from the field against the Vandals, its lowest mark in 10 games.

Montana (15-5, 8-1 BSC) enters Thursday's game as the Big Sky's hottest team, having won seven straight, five of which came in Missoula. Kellie Rubel (13.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.5 apg) leads three Grizzlies who average double figures in scoring, along with McCalle Feller (11.5 ppg) and Kayleigh Valley (10.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg).

The game will be a contrast in styles as the Eagles lead the Big Sky in field goal percentage (47.9 pct) and rank second in scoring (74.0 ppg) and three-point percentage (37.8 pct) in league games while the Grizzlies boast the conference's best scoring defense (52.1 ppg), field goal percentage defense (30.0 pct) and three-point percentage defense (25.5 pct).

Montana leads the all-time series, 62-11, but it's been much closer over the last five years, with each team winning five of the last 10 meetings. The Eagles have also topped the Grizzlies in each of their last two encounters at Reese Court.

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