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Thursday, February 3, 2011 Free Press Section 3 Page 5 It's finally home sweet name for Eastern women Photo by Paul Delaney Eastern's Kevin Winford (left) and Portland State's Melvin Jones (4) battle for a loose ball in Thursday's game. EWU men continued from page 1 of Laron Griffin. "Laron's a good defender, especially in the low post," Earlywine said. "Laron did a good job and there's no ques- tion when Busma got his fourth foul it changed the game." Eastern connected on nearly 53 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free throw line on Saturday. On Thursday the Eagles were 44.8 from the field and just 30.4 from 3-point range, but hit 6-for-6 at the free throw line. Agaisnt PSU Eastern used a 43-25 second half to erase a 26-22 PSU lead. Treymayne Johnson paced the Eagles with 20 points, 10 in each half, plus added a team-high seven rebounds. Winford, with 12 and Dean's 10 points all came in the second half. After shooting just 29 percent form the field in the first half, Earlywine challenged his team to, "step up and shoot the ball," and that if it didn't pay off it wouldn't cost them time on the bench. "I told them not to play scared and that I wouldn't take them out. When they had an open shot, they just needed to step up and shoot it." The PSU game was the third straight contest in which the Eagles held the opponent of under 60 points in a game. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com Schedule FROM STAFF AND NEWS SERVICE REPORTS After playing five of its last six games on the road, the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team returns to Reese Court to face the Big Sky's current leader Northern Colorado and its most recent foe, Idaho State. East- ern will host UNC on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and ISU on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. The Eagles fell to the Bengals in their most recent outing in Pocatello last Saturday. Eastern was down by 17 points midway through the second half, but ral- lied and lost in the final seconds, 75-69. Thursday at Portland, Eastern saw their own big lead, 42-30 at the hall melt away in a 77-70 loss. "Well, when we landed Sun- day in Spokane, there was certain- ly a sense of relief from everyone on the team knowing we weren't going to have to get back on a plane again for at least 12 days," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "We are glad to be home, and ready to get back into a rhythm both academically and on the court. "But it is imperative that we 'hold serve' this weekend, and we will have to do so against two very strong Big Sky teams," she added. Northern Colorado is currently atop the Big Sky standings with a 7-1 leagu e record. The Bears have won six-straight games)but five of those six were at home. In the first meeting of the regu- lar season UNC topped Eastern 75-68 after forcing a season-high 25 turnovers by the Eagles. The Bears also got to the line 14 times in the game to register 23 points continued from page 1 its home schedule on Oct. 29 ver- sus Portland State for Senior Day. Season tickets are now on sale at: goeags.com/tickets/ewas-fbtick- etcentral.html. "We have four tremendously entertaining home games, begin- ning the weekend when our stu- dents return to campus," Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves said. "All four games come within a span of a little over a month, so it should be great." Washington is a member of the NCAA Football Bowl Division Subdivision (FBS), and defeated Nebraska 19-7 in the Holiday Bowl to finish 7-6 on the season. Eastern also plays NCAA Foot- ball Championship Subdivision Members Cal Poly and South Dakota State. Although Cal Poly did not earn a berth in the FCS Playoffs, the Mustangs finished 7-4 and ranked 24th in The Sports Net- work/Fathead.com Top 25 poll. The school, located in San Luis Obispo, Calif., is currently a mem- ber of the soon-to-be-disbanding Great West Conference, but will join the Big Sky Conference in 2012. South Dakota, located in Ver- million, S.D., was 4-7, but early in the year won at FBS foe Min- nesota 41-38. The Coyotes are also a member of the Great West Conference and will join the Mis- souri Valley Football Conference in 2012. Without being able to schedule an additional home game on Sept. 10 at Roos Field -- where Eastern was 8-0 in 2010 on the new red Sprinturf surface at the "Inferno" -- the Eagles were left with a string of three-straight road games to start the season. Included is a Sept. 17 matchup with Big Sky and FCS powerhouse Montana in Missoula. "We really like the composi- tion of playing 10 FCS schools and one FBS game," Chaves said. "If there was one thing I wish could have happened was that we had five home games and not four but sometimes that is just what occurs in the scheduling process - it is inexact science. It took some time to complete the schedule given the challenges in the west from an FCS standpoint." Eastern's schedule includes just four home games for the first time since 1981. Sailing into Spring on the St. Atom s Crmse Ship Silent Auction Saturday February, 5th at 6:3opm "We have to be better defensively. We are giv- ing up too many points and letting teams shoot too high of a percentage against us." Eastern head coach Wendy Schuller from the charity stripe. Since the start of conference play, UNC's sophomore forward Lauren Oos- dyke has been the main offensive threat, averaging 17.1 points per game on a .563 field goal percent- age. "We have to be better defen- sively," Schuller said. "We are giving up too many points and letting teams shoot too high of a percentage against us." Eastern's strategy of rigid defense will also be key on Sat- urday when they take on Idaho State. The Bengals, who, like the Eagles, are 4-3 in BSC play, shot 54 percent against EWU on Jan. 29, which was the second-best field goal percentage recorded in all Big Sky games played this season. In the first half, the Bengals missed only nine shots total (14-23) and had triple the amount of points in the paint. "We have to be able to de- fend hard for a long period of time because Idaho State will Crunch Time continued from page 1 season. But few can argue hav- ing the 6-foot-5-inch sophomore receiver was a crucial piece of the puzzle in Eastern's 20-19 win over Delaware for the Football Cham- pionship Subdivision title. Kaufman's third quarter touchdown dive into the end zone jumpstarted Eastern's offense and made it a 19-6 game. Then his leaping TD catch with under three minutes to play set the stage for Mike Jarrett's ultimate winning point-after kick. The two catches for scores helped earn Kaufman the FCS playoff MVP award. "I was trying to not make a big deal of it during the season," Kaufman said of the injury that happened in the second quarter of the Eagles' game with Montana. "I dropped right on it and I thought I broke my collar bone. The trainer from Montana thought so too. I was freaking out." Kauhnan had already caught a touchdown pass that started East- ern on its way to erasing the Griz- zlies' 14-0 lead in a game the Eagles would win 36-27- the first game on the red tuff at Roos Field. Among the many things that were going through his head at the time was the thought, "that I'm done; I might have another shot at the end of the season." Helped off the field by Eastern's training staff, the return of the Den- ver native was questionable at best, but not out of the question. "Our doctors said,' we give him the bless- ing to come back, but (we) don't see him being a factor,'" Eastern's head trainer, Brian Norton said. When he returned to the game Kaufman made three of this five receptions for 81 of his 119 yards. "It's probably the hardest pain really grind it out offensively," Schuller said. "We had success against them when we pushed the pace and hurried them, so that is something we will try to focus on doing." In their most recent road trip, early on at least against Portland State, Schuller was liking what she was seeing. "It felt like we picked up right where we left off last Sat- urday against Sac State," she said of the Eagles' 98-70 win on Jan. 22. "We were getting up and down, and making things happen. Our effort on the de- fensive end was great - we were sticking to the game plan we had worked on all week." But suddenly the Eagles missed four consecutive shots from the field to open the second period. Brianne Ryan drained a 3-point shot at 18:40, but that would be the last bas- ket Eastern would score for more than five minutes. Port- land State went on a 15-point run. They made only 8-of-35 shots in the second half , a dismal .229 percentage. Ryan led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points on 6- of-13 shooting from the field. Sophomore Carrie Ojeda reg- istered her first-career double- double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Tatjana Sparavalo finished with 13 points in just 16 minutes on the floor. Idaho State carved out a 17- point lead by the 11:15 mark of the second half, but Eastern staged a rally that would cut the game to just four points on five different occasions in the final 4:30. The Bengals held on the strength of key free throws and a handful of field goals. Three Eagles scored in dou- ble digits, including Chene Cooper who led the team with 18 tallies. Sparavalo and Ryan both finished with 17 points, while Sparavalo pulled down and team-leading seven re- bounds. "ISU hit some tough shots," Schuller said. "But they also did things that disrupted our defense, and we gave up too many easy shots as a result." Brandon Kaufman I've ever played through so far," Kaufman said. After making his next catch he landed on the injured shoulder again. "A few plays later I ran a screen and got nailed by their D-line and that hurt even worse." But Kaufman endured and ex- celled. He started 14 of 15 Eastern "I dropped right on it and I thought I broke my collar bone. The trainer from Montana thought so too. I was freaking out." Brandon Kaufman games in 2010, led the team with 76 catches for 1,214 yards and 15 touchdowns. Notable among them were his four game winning touch- downs, the tying TD at Northern Colorado, plus numerous other key grabs. All when Kaufman hurt so much that at limes he hadn't gotten a good night's sleep since the injury first occurred in mid-September. "Honestly, I would beg for a night of eight hours of sleep," he said, but was lucky to get one to four. "Even- tually I got into a routine of sleeping a little bit during the day." A separation does not involve the joint, like a dislocation, Norton explained. "There's a joint where your collar bone, your scapula - your shoulder blade - come to- gether on top of the shoulder," he said. "It s the AC joint, which is the acromioclavicular joint L. that's the joint which becomes separated." Falling on the tip of your shoulder or with an arm outstretched are the primary causes of such injuries. Kaufman is hardly alone as a member of the walking wound- ed on Eastern's football team. "We have numerous guys that go through stuff like that. J:C. Sherritt plays with a lot of stuff," Norton said. Kaufman made the injury worse in the Weber State game diving for an overthrown ball. "I remember when I went out to get him he was in a lot of pain," Norton said. After that, he had a couple of games where he didn't re-aggra- vate or re-injure the shoulder so it allowed him to heal a little, Norton explained. "That's what helped him get through the remainder of the season and obviously the national championship and the playoffs." "It was a challenge, a huge challenge, but if you have a goal in mind it isn't as bad as it seemed, a day at a time," Kaufinan said of his desire to play through the pain. "Basically it's Ibuprofen and being tough," Norton said of play- ing with the type of injury Kaufman experienced. Toughness seems to be some- thing Kaufman's known about for some time now. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@chene!ffreepress l com. FEBRUARY IOTH 6-9 PM SL Anne's Parish Hall Drinks, appetizers and lots of fun door prizes Tickets $12.oo per person ,tults over  only AH proceeds -wl| go o Medeat Lake Outreach ,d other |oea ehar,{ties Phone 299-6994 E. 708 Lake St. Medical Lake Smiles that speak for themselves. Visit Collins Family Dentistry for a new patient exam, x-rays and cleaning to receive a free teeth whitening system. Call (509) 235.8451 to schedule your visit. 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