@EWUWBB Begins Big Sky Conference Play Against Northern Colorado And North Dakota

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vs. Northern Colorado
vs. North Dakota
Thursday, Dec. 31 - 3 p.m. PST
Saturday, Jan. 2 - 2 p.m. PST
Cheney, Wash. - Reese Court
Cheney, Wash.- Reese Court
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Cheney, Wash. - The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team is set to begin Big Sky Conference play at home this week with games against Northern Colorado on Thursday, Dec. 31, and North Dakota on Saturday, Jan. 2. The games will tip-off in Reese Court at 3 p.m. PST and 2:00 p.m. PST, respectively.

The Eagles enter league play with a 6-6 mark after nonconference play, including a 4-2 record at Reese Court. Eastern played its last game back on Monday, Dec. 21, suffering a home setback to Boise State, 84-79, despite shooting a season-best 56.6 percent from the field.

Senior Hayley Hodgins is currently the Big Sky's leading scorer with an average of 20.2 points per game, and has scored at least 20 points in each of EWU's last four games. Her younger sister, sophomore Delaney Hodgins, ranks fifth in the conference in scoring with an average of 14.5 points per game. She has also stepped up her game on the glass, finishing with double-doubles in two of Eastern's last three outings.

Northern Colorado is 5-5 on the season, and currently sits seventh in the Big Sky standings. Their last game was a 69-59 loss to Grand Canyon University. The Bears are a good three-point shooting team, with a 34.2 percent clip from beyond the arc, while averaging 9.5 makes from deep per game. They also limit their turnovers, averaging 11.3 turnovers per game, with a +4.4 turnover margin. Leading their team in scoring is senior Kyleigh Hiser averaging 10.5 points per game. Close behind her is sophomore Savannah Scott, averaging 9.7 points per game on 52.2 percent shooting from the field, and 40.6 percent from three point range.

North Dakota is eighth in the Big Sky with a 4-7 record on the season. Its last game came against Minnesota, where it lost 57-47. The Fighting Hawks have good size on the defensive end, averaging 39.7 rebounds per game with a +8.5 rebounding margin, and averaging five blocks per game. Senior Mia Loyd leads the team in scoring averaging 13.8 points per game on 52.3 percent clip from the field. She also leads the team in rebounding with 9.7 per game. Junior Stephanie Smith is big defensive presence, standing at 6'6". In limited minutes she averages 2.18 blocks per game and 5.1 rebounds. 

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