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Hodgins Sisters Lead EWU to 10th Big Sky Victory

Delaney Hodgins scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds. Delaney Hodgins scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds.

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Cheney, Wash. – In a game of runs, the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team would have the last word, erasing a 10-point, third-quarter deficit en route to a 64-53 Big Sky Conference victory over visiting Southern Utah, Saturday, Feb. 6.

Win-Loss Records

Eastern improves to 16-7 with the win and 10-1 in league play, while Southern Utah drops to 2-19 with the loss and 0-11 in league play.

Turning Point

The first half of the game was a slow paced battle that saw both teams struggled to find their respective grooves on the offensive end. After shooting 35.7 percent from the field in the first half, EWU found itself holding onto a 24-20 lead, after a major second quarter run by Southern Utah. The lead would not hold for long, as SUU continued its run well into the third, eventually taking a 36-26 lead after the 28-4 run. But, with 4:21 left in the period, the Eagles took back the momentum off a steal by senior Hayley Hodgins that led to a layup by sophomore Delaney Hodgins. In the next three minutes, Eastern would not miss a shot, taking a 39-38 lead with 1:45 remaining, bringing the team right back into the game.

With the fourth quarter underway, EWU still found themselves trailing, 43-41, but the momentum was still on its side. The quarter began with a jumper from junior Ashli Payne, followed by an SUU turnover, and a three pointer from Hayley Hodgins. Just like that the Eagles held a 46-43 lead in only 45 seconds of play. With the lead secured, Eastern did not look back, holding the Thunderbirds scoreless for nearly six minutes. The game was officially put away, after a jumper by junior Tisha Phillips was accompanied by a quick steal and score from Hayley Hodgins, which gave EWU its largest lead of the game, 60-47 with 1:58 left.

Top Performers
Hayley Hodgins tied for the lead in scoring with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. She also tallied five rebounds, four steals, and two blocks.

Delaney Hodgins scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds.

Tisha Phillips scored 10 points, while leading the team with six assists. She also recorded five rebounds, and four steals.

Key Statistics

The Eagles shot 40 percent from the field and 21.1 percent from three, while the Thunderbirds shot 32.3 percent and 14.3 percent from three.

Eastern turned the ball over 15 times, allowing Southern Utah to score eight points off the mistakes, while SUU turned the ball over 20 times, giving EWU 17 points of the miscues.

The Eagles tallied 37 total rebounds, and 9 offensive, leading to three second chance points. The Thunderbirds grabbed 45 total rebounds, and 15 on offense, giving them 11 second chance points.

Quoting Coach Schuller

"We didn't do a great job defending Southern Utah the first time we played this season, but I thought we did a much better job defensively today. Offensively, we had 15 minutes where we were absolutely brutal and dug ourselves a huge hole. We're not that good of a team to do that. Maybe UConn can do that kind of stuff, but for us, we have to have consistency from one quarter to the next. When you look at the box score and see a 20-point quarter, a 17-point quarter and a 23-point quarter, and then you see a four-point quarter, it speaks to a lack of consistency. We also didn't do much in the first five minutes of the third quarter, so we had 15 minutes where we just didn't play on the offensive end. We just can't have droughts like that. I was pleased with our effort defensively. To hold them to 53 points, 32-percent shooting and force 20 turnovers are all positives."

Game Notes

With the win, Eastern is the only Big Sky Conference program to win at least 10 league game in each of the last five years, dating back to the 2011-12 season.

Hayley Hodgins has now scored in double figures in 39 straight games dating back to last season, and has 86 career games of at least 10 points. She is getting closer to becoming Eastern's all-time NCAA Division I leading scorer, sitting 58 points behind Brenda Souther (1983-87).  Based on her current average of 20.8 points per game, she's expected to break the record against Sacramento State at home on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Hayley Hodgins' 1,663 career points moved her up to 13th all-time on the Big Sky Conference career scoring list, ahead of WSU's Melanie Knott (1988-91).

Up Next

The Eagles go on the road to play North Dakota, on Thursday, Feb. 11, starting at 5 p.m. PST.

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