Cheney, Wash. – Junior Hayley Hodgins made a pull-up jumper with three seconds left in overtime, lifting the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team to a 64-62 Big Sky Conference victory over visiting Weber State Saturday, Mar. 7, at Reese Court.
Eastern finishes the regular season at 19-10 overall and 12-6 in Big Sky play while Weber State falls to 11-18 overall and 6-12 in conference action.
What It Means
The victory gives the Eagles their 19th win of the season, tying the most wins in a season during head coach Wendy Schuller's 13 years in Cheney.
EWU also secured the No. 4 seed at next week's Big Sky Tournament in Missoula, Mont., and will face fifth-seeded Northern Arizona in the first round.
Despite being eliminated from a Big Sky Tournament berth after a loss on Thursday, Weber State came to play, giving Eastern all it wanted. The Wildcats led for nearly 32 minutes on the afternoon, leading by as many as seven in the second half before a lay-up from freshman Marly Anderson tied the score at 42-42 with 9:15 left.
Hayley Hodgins nailed a three-pointer two minutes later to give the Eagles a 45-42 advantage at the 7:44 mark, but the visitors battled back to regain the lead, going up four, 58-54, with 2:52 remaining. EWU held Weber State scoreless for the rest of regulation as freshman Delaney Hodgins made two shots down the stretch, the second of which came with just 20 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Sophomore Jade Redmon opened the scoring in overtime, knocking down a pair of free throws 40 seconds into the extra frame. The Eagles led for the first 4:30 of overtime before WSU's Regina Okoye tied the score at 62-62 on a free throw with 32 ticks left.
Eastern used nearly all of the shot clock on its final possession as Hayley Hodgins drove middle and pulled up in the lane, getting nothing but net with three seconds to go. The Wildcats missed a long three-pointer as time expired, giving EWU the win.
Hayley Hodgins scored a game-high 18 points on 7-of-19 shooting, burying a pair of three-pointers to go along with six rebounds and three steals.
Delaney Hodgins finished with 15 points, going 5-of-11 from the field and 2-of-4 from downtown. She added five rebounds, four assists, four steals and one blocked shot to her stat line.
Senior Melissa Williams recorded a double-double, notching 10 points and 10 boards while picking up three steals.
Senior Lexie Nelson chipped in nine points while dishing out four assists.
Eastern forced Weber State into 28 turnovers, scoring 31 points off of the Wildcats' miscues. EWU turned the ball over 14 times, good for 11 Wildcat points.
WSU outrebounded the Eagles, 47-31, and pulled down 18 offensive rebounds to Eastern's 11. Second-chance points were nearly even despite the lopsided rebounding margin as the Wildcats scored 12 points to EWU's nine.
"Weber State certainly made us earn this win. Weber State laid it all out there, and their kids played hard. The really shot it well from the free throw line and did some good things on a night when we weren't great offensively, and had some emotion from Senior Day. We're just a little banged up in some areas, so we had to overcome that, too. I didn't think we played great for the first 30 minutes, but I thought we battled over the last 10, especially on the defensive end. We got stops and forced a lot of turnovers. Our kids played smart in that aspect and we started rebounding better late and I thought that was the difference for us. Kids stepped up and made big buckets, and we had a bunch that rattled in and out that I thought were right there that would have put the game away and not given everybody so many gray hairs. I'm proud of us for battling and finding a way. We just need to play that way for 40 minutes because that's who we are and that's what we're capable of."
* EWU has now won 14 straight games over Weber State, having not lost to the Wildcats since Jan. 10, 2009.
* Hayley Hodgins moved into eighth all-time on Eastern's NCAA Division I career scoring list. She now has 1,131 career points in 90 career games. She has now scored 484 points on the year, good for fifth in single-season history.
* Williams now has 12 double-doubles on the year and 17 in her career.
Tweet of the Game
The Eagles open Big Sky Tournament play against Northern Arizona next Wednesday, Mar. 11. The time is to be determined.