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SPORTS SECTION 2 CHENEY FREE PRESS I 3 Thursday, December 31,2015 women FROM NEWS sophomore Delaney Hodgins, ranks SERVICE REPORTS fifth in the conference in scoring The EasternWashington Univer- with an average of 14.5 points per sity women's basketball team is set game. She has also stepped up her to begin Big Sky Conference play at game on the glass, finishing with home this week with games against double-doubles in two of Eastern's Northern Colorado on Thursday, last three outings. Dec. 31, and North Dakota on Sat- Northern Colorado is 5-5 on urday, Jan. 2. The games will tip-off the season. Their last game was in Reese Court at 3 p.m. and 2 p.m. a 69-59 loss to Grand Canyon respectively. University. The Bears are a good The Eagles enter league playthree-point shooting team, with a with a 6-6 mark after nonconfer- 34.2 percent clip. They also limit ence play, including a 4-2 record at their turnovers, averaging 11.3 home. Eastern played its last game turnovers per game. Dec. 21, suffering a home setback to North Dakota is 4-7 on the Boise State, 84-79. season. Their last game came Easternsenior HayleyHodgins is against Minnesota, where they currently the Big Sky's leading lost 57-47. The Fighting Hawks scorer with an average of 20.2 have good size on the defensive points per game, and has scored end, averaging 39.7 rebounds at least 20 points in each of EWU's per game and are averaging five last four games. Her younger sister, blocks per game. Road-savvy EWU men open 'Sky play t U , UND FROM NEWS be heard on on 700-AM the Big Sky. The win SERVICE REPORTS ESPN and via the web at -- in which Felix Von Road-tested and bat- All Hofe (28), Venky Jois tie-tested, the Eastern EWU home games and (26) and Austin McB- Washington University conference road games room.(18) combined for men's basketball team are broadcast on www. all but two of EWU's begins defense of its Big, points -- came after EWU Sky Conference titles. "I don't think there is dropped games at Da- The defending regu-a team in the conference vidson, Pittsburgh and lar season co-champ and that could be more ready Western Carolina as part reigning tournament ti- for taking on a road trip of an East Coast road trip tlist, the Eagles will open to start the season," East- with three games in six Big Sky Conference playern head coach Jim Hay- days. * at Northern Colorado, ford said. "Road wins in "Finishing non-con- Thursday, Dec. 31 at 4:05 conference play are gold ference play with the p.m. and North Dakota, and are hard to get."win at Denver was really Jan. 2 at 12:05 p.m. East- Thus far, EWU is 3-0 good for our team," Hay- ernwill have played 11 of at home and 3-6 on the ford said. its 14 games on the road road. Eastern ended non- Northern Colorado by the time it plays its conference play with a enters Thursday's game corrference home opener convincing 74-58 roadwith a 3-9 record while on Jan. 9 versus Idaho. victory at Denver, which North Dakota, which Eastern enters league had previously defeated plays Idaho in its league play with a 6-6 record. Idaho State (79-69) and opener on Thursday is All EWU games can Weber State (69-68) from 5-6. continued from page 1 he left off with12 catches more scores in a 43-41 for 201 yards and three last-second win over the "Kupp shares Big Sky more TDs in Eastern'sBears, earning him his offensive player award" 55-50 home-opening win second Big Sky player (Sept. 10) for his perfor- over Montana State the of the week award along mance in a 6142 shootout next week. with national STATS FCS loss at FBS No. 7 Oregon. "Eagles head for un- Offensive Player of the Kuppset AutzenStadium familiar territory, turf,' Week honor. records and career highs (Oct. 22) talked about Kupp didn't let up, for catches (15) and yards Eastern's Coming foray adding two more TDs in (246) to go with three to Greeley, Colo. to face a pedestrian effort (seven touchdowns in collecting Northern Colorado, but catches, 74 yards) for him his first conference player not before Kupp set ain Eastern's 14-13 Home- of the week award, new EWU scoring record coming win over We- The following week, with three TDs, on corn- ber State on Halloween. Kupp had nine catches for ing on a punt return, in a It was the last time the 179 yards and two TDs in road win at Idaho State Eagles would see the win a 38-35 loss at Northern Oct. 17. In Greeley, Kupp column as they finished Iowa. He would also suf- didn't let up, setting a with losses to Northern fer a hip pointer that kept new career high for re- Arizona, Montana and him out of the second ceptions (20) and yards Portland State to miss the half, but picked up where (275) while adding three playoffs for the first time since2011, ending with a Kupp has been son, perhaps the won 6-5record. named to six All-Amer-Eagles fans love the For Kupp, though, ica teams, is the FCS most is the one from the headlines kept com- Wide Receiver of the Dec. 3 - "Kupp will ing. He finished the year Year and a first-team play senior season at with 114 receptions for academic All-American.Eastern." 1,642 yards, averaging On Dec. 21, he won the J o h n M c C a I - 149.3 yards per game Walter Payton award, lure can be reached at and 14.4 yards per catch But of all the head- jmac@cheneyfreepress. for 19 TDs. lines over the past sea- com. ~tinu~fPom page,,1 On.~e~l~side Ju- ~Washington University :'~ .... nior Mariah Pena fin- where Rehm won the Blankenship said. "Their ished 2 0th in a time Of individual title in both performance at districts 20:18 and was the lonethe 1,600 and 800 meter was the key for us de- Cardinal participant, events. The Cardinals feating Lakeside," he The string of success were the defending team said. Those runners and Blankenship has crafted champions. times were: Tyler Pena in cross country, fol- P a u I D e l a n e y (15,17:23),BrandonMc- lowed a runner-up in can be reached at Coy (18, 17:36) and Evan the 1A track champion-pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. Peterson (20, 17:37). ships last May at Eastern com. Cooper Kupp has made it painful for defenders du ing his EWU career.. File photo continued from page 1 promising future ahead, the Eagles experienced a It was only the second setback when five play-. time an Eastern women's ers, including Big Sky team reached 21 wins, Honorable Mention Red- tying the 1983-84 team's mon, left the team in mark. The Eagles set a May over disputes about new program record for playing time. Schuller Division I scoring with and company wasted 2,282 points, finished little time over the issue, the year ranked second signing four new players in field goal percent- in June, including com- age in the Big Sky (43.4) munity college transfer and first in both 3-point Ashli Payne along with shooting average (34.2 three high school play- percent) and free throw ers. shooting (76 percent), Payne has proven to 12th best in the nation, be a key contributor, After reaching thisalong with Hodgins sis- pinnacle, and with a tersHayleyandDelaney, as the Eagles have posted a 6-6 record heading into Big Sky Conference play. John McCal- lum can be reached at ymac@chen freepress.corn. Dr. David Turner, DMD Modern Most dental dentistry insurances with oldaccepted fashioned including Tricare care ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Davenport Family Dentistry 707 Logan St., Davenport, WA 509-725-1181