Cheney, Wash. – Senior Hayley Hodgins and sophomore Delaney Hodgins combined for 45 points as the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team defeated visiting Saint Martin's, 77-52, in an exhibition game at Reese Court Friday night, Nov. 6.
EWU led by as many as 21 points in the first half, taking a 45-26 lead into intermission. The Eagles shot 41 percent from the floor, and went 5-of-10 from three-point range, over the opening two quarters while its defense forced the Saints into 17 miscues.
SMU responded in the third quarter, using an 11-1 run to pull to within nine, 46-37, at the 5:30 mark. The visitors would get no closer, however, as the Eagles led by 14 points, 58-44, at the end of the third before outscoring Saint Martin's 19-8 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
Hayley Hodgins led all players with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting. She made four of her eight tries from long range and added three steals and three rebounds to her stat line.
Delaney Hodgins finished with 20 points, 16 of which came in the opening two quarters. She went 7-of-15 from the field and tallied eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals.
Junior Ashli Payne notched a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards and displayed her inside-out abilities by making three three-pointers.
Junior Tisha Phillips impressed in her new role as the team's primary ball handler, registering 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals while turning the ball over just once in 33 minutes.
Freshman Violet Kapri Morrow came off the bench and added five points and five boards.
Eastern shot 42.1 percent (8-19) from three-point range compared to the Saints' 20-percent clip (3-15).
EWU outrebounded Saint Martin's, 43-37, and pulled down 20 offensive rebounds to the visitors' 11.
The Eagles forced SMU into 24 turnovers while they committed just 13 miscues.
Quoting Coach Schuller
"I thought tonight went pretty well overall. The third quarter wasn't a thing of beauty, but I have to do a better job of getting us ramped back up coming out of halftime. We came out lackadaisical, were a step late on everything and committed too many fouls. Overall, though, I was pleased with a lot of things. There are still some things defensively that I know we can improve on. The one thing I asked the team to do before the game was to come out and play with effort and energy, and I thought we did that. I was happy with our performance on the glass and I thought we ran the floor hard. We still need to work our way into game-shape, but I like a lot of what I saw."
EWU plays its first official game of the 2015-16 season next Friday, Nov. 13, when Eastern Oregon visits Reese Court. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. PST.