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Page 2 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, March 5, 2015 run in na Eagle s At Dahlberg Arena in Missoula on Saturday, East- wrap up home schedule; ernledearly, 23-14 with S:03 to go in the half, butthe to honor Williams, Nelson Grizzlies closed out the half with a 19-6 run that de- livered them a 33-29 halftime lead. While they would "baturday versus Weber State get back to within two at 33-31, Eastern would never see the lead. By PAUL DELANEY "I thought our effort and energy were really good, Staff Reporter especially to start the game," EWU head coach Wendy The road had been reasonably smooth for the Schuller said. It seemed like we didn't come out with Eastern Washington women's basketball team this that same energy to start the second half and we dug season, ourselves a tiny hole and you can't do that against a After last week's trip - with a pair of 10-point team like Montana." losses 63-53 at Montana State and to Montana, 69-59 Eastern shot just 34.4 percent from the field and 3 -- the operative word is "had." of 15 from 3-point range. Montana (14-3, 21-7) hit 44.1 Prior to last week, Eastern had won four of six Big percent. Another critical star was Montana's 45-35 Sky contests on the road. They counted one of their edge in rebounding, 14 offensive boards that led to 17 biggest program wins ever, a Dec. 22 victory, 67-56 at second chance points. Florida and were 7-5 away from Reese Court. Freshman Delaney Hodginsled the Eagles with 19 But their six-game Big Sky Conference winningpoints while sister, junior Hayley, added 14, the only streak, and hopes of a regular season title became two Eastern players in double-figures. Senior Melissa road kill. Eastern slid to 10-6 in conference play (17-10 Williams saw her streak of four consecutive double- overall) and handed Montana the title, and host role doubles fall just short, scoring nine points and grabbing in next week's conference tournament, eight rebounds. The weekend games were opposing bookend ef- Hayley Hodgins" 22 points, 18 in the second half, forts, were not enough to counter senior Lexie Nelson being Thursday at Bozeman, the Eagles trailed 51-33 with shutout in her 36 minutes for the first time in her EWU 8 minutes, 41 seconds remaining, but a 16-2 run over career. Williams had a career high with 17 rebounds, the next six minutes got them to within 53-48. plus 16 points, her fourth straight double-double. continued from page 1 11-2 run that gave the avenged a 75-69 loss to Jois score 27 to lead Eagles their biggest lead Eastern in Missoula. the Eagles and added 11 Harvey scored 27 to of the game, 56-51 withEastern reached a rebounds. H .arveyhdded lead the Eagles, Bran- 13:48 to play. The teams milestone 21st victory 20 and Ogujen Mijkovic don had 15 and Jois 10, traded mini-runs, andThursday, a school record another 15. plus 11 rebounds for his the lead, with Eastern for NCAADivisionI play Now the Eagles, 12-4 second double-double of leading 69-66 after three and tied the school record in conference play and the week. Harvey free throws with for conference wins. 21-8 overall, hit the road Bigger, perhaps, in 6:33 to play. The Eagles, up 37-28 for their final two league the loss was Eastern's Montana went on an at the half, scored 24 of games. They are at Idaho uncharacteristic 12 of 11-3 run in the next four the next 30 points to open State (3-13, 6-22) tonight 20 day at the free throw minutes. In that span the a25-pointleadwith13:29 (March 5) and Weber line when the Grizzlies Grzzlies got the lead for to play. That included State (7-9, 12-15) Satur- were a perfect 12 for good, 71-69, on a Bran- 13-0 run as the Eagles day. With the right set of 12. Eastern's 60 percent don Gfeller 3 with 5:31 shutout the Bobcats for circumstances, Eastern number at the line was remaining, nearly four minutes. East- harbors a remote chance well below its 73.4 per- With the loss, East- ern outscored MSU 55-40 at the regular season title, cent for the season, ern dropped from 18thin the second half. but a sweep of the final Trailing 42-39 at half- to 20th in this week's "Itlookedalotlikethe games is job No. 1. time and 45-39 in the Mid team I saw in early De-P a u I D e l a n e y opening 12 seconds of Major poll. The Griz-cember and early January can be reached at the second hall zlies are 13-4 in Big Sky when we were clicking," pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. Eastern went on a play, 17-11 overall and Hayford said. com. Arakawa, White claim Big Sky titles in Flagstaff FROM NEWS The men's team placed SERVICE REPORTS seventh with a total of The Eastern Washing- 36.5 points. ton University track and Jordan Arakawa be- field team finished their came a back-to-back con- indoor campaign on a ference champion in the high note on the final day weight throw with a per- of the Big Sky Conference sonal best of 66 feet, 11/2 Championships Feb. 28 in inches to rank second in Flagstaff, Ariz. school history. The senior On the third day ofwrapped up his indoor competition, the Eagles career with a total of three walked away with four All-Big Sky accolades. all-conference (top three Tierra White, a fresh- finish) performances, in- man out of Rogers High cluding Big Sky titles School in Spokane, in the men's weight shocked the conference throw and women's high when she won the wom- jump. en's high jump with a The women's team personal best mark of 5 earned the best finish in feet, 7 3/4 inches to rank school history as they fourth all-time at Eastern. tied for fourth place with White entered the compe- Portland State, and scored tition ranked fifth with a a school-record 68 points, personal record of 5-6. "Tierra had the meet school record in the triple of her life," women's jump with a mark of 39 head coach Marcia Meck- feet, 5 3/4 inches to place lenburg said."To come third overall. in ranked fifth and then In the women's mile, to win the high jump sophomore Paula Gil- with a personal best as a Echevarria earned her freshman was a magical first individual all-confer- moment." ence performance with a On her final jump of time of 5:03.91 (pre-alti- her last indoor season, tude adjusted) to finish Morena Mannucci set the third. The Eagles shot just over 33 percent from the field, its worst numbers of the year in Big Sky play. Eastern, the league's best 3-point shooting team, connected on just two from long range. They turned the ball over 18 times with MSU enjoying a 23-12 edge in points off of those turnovers. "It certainly felt good to see the team show some resiliency despite the deficit," Schuller said. "It took a lot of guts to come back like that." Eastern closes out regular season play with games today (March 5) at 6 p.m. versus Idaho State (8-8,13-14) and then honors Williams and Nelson on Senior Day, Saturday at 2 p.m. against Weber State (6-10, 11-16), Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. iiiiiiiiiiiiiii;iiiiiiii!i{ i~iili i~i~il i::iil}i:::i ; ................. Athlete of the Week Don't miss any of Medical Lake's spring sports action. Go Cards! Medical Lake UharmacY Denny's Harvest Foods proudly sponsors Medical Lake CARDINAL Athlete of the Week Thanks to all our Cardinal winter sports teams for all their hard work and the special memories they made. We Honestly Care! 299-3251 "k -k -k "k "k'k "k -k-k'k-k -k "k "k -k"k -k of the Week from the Cheney Cheney Federal Credit Union in 520 First Street, Cheney 509-235-6533 Medical Lake call: 509-299-6533 Everyone who lives, works, worships or goes to school in the Cheney and Medical Lake School Districts is eligible to join Cheney Federal Credit Union. 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