Eagles Return Home From Lone Star Showcase To Take On Utah Valley

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vs. Utah Valley
Thursday, Dec. 3 - 6 p.m. PST
Cheney, Wash. - Reese Court
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Cheney, Wash. - The Eastern Washington University women's basketball returns home this week for a nonconference game against Utah Valley on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. PST.

EWU (3-4) is coming off a trip to Austin, Texas, where it faced three high-caliber opponents as part of the Lone Star Showcase. The Eagles opened play against then-No. 19 Northwestern on Thursday, Nov. 26, narrowly falling to the ranked Wildcats, 74-70. Senior Hayley Hodgins led the team in scoring with 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting and added eight rebounds. Junior Ashli Payne had the best performance of her young Eastern career thus far, scoring 17 points on 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range as well as pulling down a team-high nine rebounds.

Hayley Hodgins led the Eagles with 16 points against East Carolina on Friday, Nov. 27 while junior Tisha Phillips scored 11 and recorded game highs with six rebounds and four steals.

EWU's final game of the trip came against Creighton on Saturday, Nov. 28, as the Eagles dropped an overtime thriller, 66-60. Sophomore Mariah Cunningham paced Eastern with a career-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting while Payne nearly had a double-double, tallying eight points and 10 rebounds.

Utah Valley owns a 6-2 record on the young season and is coming off a 94-88 overtime win against San Francisco. The Wolverines average 61.7 points per game and shoot at a 34-percent clip from long range. UVU has three players averaging double figures in scoring this season with sophomore Mariah Seals leading the team at 14.3 points per game.

 

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