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Hodgins Sisters Lead EWU Women To Tight Win Over So. Utah

Hayley Hodgins Scored 24 and her sister put up 21 as Eastern takes down SUU 85-82 Hayley Hodgins Scored 24 and her sister put up 21 as Eastern takes down SUU 85-82

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The Eastern Washington University women's basketball team remained perfect in Big Sky Conference play by defeating Southern Utah 85-82 on the road on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Eastern improves to 10-6 with the win and 4-0 in league play, while Southern Utah drops to 3-12 with the loss and 0-4 in league play.

Despite a slow start from both teams through the majority of the opening quarter, the game quickly turned into an offensive showcase. Off the momentum of two quick threes by junior Ashli Payne and sophomoreDelaney Hodgins to end the first quarter, EWU went straight after SUU, going on a defining 7-0 run through the first three minutes of the second quarter. The half ended with the Eagles ahead 48-36, shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from three point range.

With the fourth quarter beginning, the Thunderbirds started to work their way back into the game. With five minutes left in the game, Southern Utah completed its comeback, bringing Eastern's lead down to only one, 67-66. After SUU hit a jumper with 3:44 left, taking the lead 71-70, EWU decided enough was enough. Senior Hayley Hodgins quickly answered with a three, stealing the lead back. Not 30 seconds later, she answered the Thunderbirds' game-tying shot with another three pointer. After a third straight three, this time by Delaney Hodgins, EWU's lead was back intact at 79-75 with 2:14 left. Down the stretch, the defense held, the offense hit its free throws, and the Eagles won the game, 85-82.

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