Sacramento, Calif. – Junior Hayley Hodgins scored her 1,000th career point and the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team held host Sacramento State to 1-of-7 shooting over the final 2:30 to earn a come-from-behind win, 80-79, in a Big Sky Conference counter Thursday, Feb. 12.
Eastern improves to 7-4 in the Big Sky and 14-8 overall while Sacramento State falls to 8-4 in league play and 10-13 overall.
What It Means
The win, EWU's third straight, puts the Eagles level in the loss column with North Dakota and Sacramento State in the Big Sky standings after tonight's results. Eastern is now just one-half game back of second place.
The Hornets seemingly had all of the momentum after a Hallie Gennett three-pointer gave the hosts a two-point lead, 76-74, with 2:26 remaining. After Maranne Johnson put Sacramento State up three on a free throw with 2:13 left, the Eagles were forced to dig deep and try to make a valiant comeback.
Come back they did, holding Sacramento State to just one field goal over the final two minutes of the game. Freshman Delaney Hodgins brought EWU to within one, 76-77, on a pair of free throws before sophomore Jade Redmon gave Eastern the lead on a jumper with 55 ticks left. The Hornets would regain the lead momentarily before junior Hayley Hodgins put back a miss with 17 seconds remaining.
Delaney Hodgins blocked a three-point try out of bounds on Sacramento State's next possession before senior Melissa Williams came up with a big steal with four seconds on the clock. She would miss the front end of a 1-and-1, but the Hornets' desperation three-point try from half court fell short as the buzzer sounded.
Hayley Hodgins recorded the first double-double of her career, finishing with a game-high 27 points and 10 rebounds while playing 39 minutes. She went 12-of-22 from the field, knocked down a pair of three-pointers, and added three assists and two steals to her impressive stat line.
Redmon just missed out on a double-double, notching 16 points and nine rebounds to go along with four assists, one block and one turnover.
Delaney Hodgins added 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting, going a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. She also registered five rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
Williams finished with eight points and eight rebounds while senior Lexie Nelson chipped in nine points.
Eastern held Sacramento State to 33 percent shooting on the night, including an 11-of-48 mark from three-point range. EWU shot 51.7 percent from the field and went 16-of-20 from the foul line.
The Eagles outrebounded the Hornets, 47-45, and came up with 16 second-chance points on 11 offensive rebounds. CSUS scored just 12 second-chance points despite 25 offensive boards.
EWU also registered 10 blocks, tying its season high.
"I was very proud of our effort tonight. A number of players made big plays down the stretch both offensively and defensively. Jade came up huge a couple of times and Hayley was all over the place and hit some big shots down the stretch. A lot of our big plays came on the defensive end, and I thought we did a good job of locking down Sacramento State, who is such a good offensive team.
"I thought we rebounded really well, but there were times in the game where it felt like they got three or four offensive rebounds on the same possession. It was a true team effort on the glass. Melissa was a warrior, Hayley did a nice job and Jade was also really good on the glass. Our rebounding effort was another piece of how hard we played. We expended a lot of energy, and we had players who played a lot of minutes. It was an exhausting game, but I'm proud of our effort."
* Hayley Hodgins needed just 18 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau heading into tonight's game. She now has 1,009 career points, good for 16th all-time on Eastern's career scoring list.
* EWU shot better than 50 percent for the first time in seven games. The Eagles entered tonight's game shooting a conference-best 46.5 percent in Big Sky games.
* Eastern has now defeated Sacramento State in five of its last six trips to Sacramento and has won eight of the last 11 meetings.
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The Eagles will go for a weekend sweep on Saturday, Feb. 14, when it takes on Dam Cup rival Portland State in Portland, Ore. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. PT.