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Eagles Beat Northern Colorado Off Second Half Defensive Effort

Delaney Hodgins led EWU in scoring with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the win. Delaney Hodgins led EWU in scoring with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the win.

by EWU Athletics

Greeley, Colo. - The Eastern Washington women's basketball team finished off its road trip on a high note, beating Big Sky Conference opponent Northern Colorado for the second time this season, 66-57, on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Eastern improves to 17-8 with the win and 11-2 in league play, while Northern Colorado drops to 11-12 with the loss and 6-7 in league play.

EWU came out firing on all cylinders, dropping 24 points in the first quarter, on 9-of-14 shooting. Sophomore Bethany Montgomery provided a great spark off the bench when she took over the game, scoring eight points in just 90 seconds of action. On three shots, without missing, she drove the lane for a layup, then on the next possession she crashed the offensive glass and converted the and-one putback. Finally, she drained a three pointer to close out the quarter, giving the Eagles a 24-19 lead.

Northern Colorado rallied behind a strong second-quarter performance to take a 40-39 edge at the half. However' the Eagles locked up the Bears' offense in the third quarter, forcing 10 turnovers and holding Northern Colorado to just five points on two made field goals. Freshman Amira Chandler nailed a baseline jumper to give EWU a 51-46 lead heading into the final quarter, and despite UNC's best attempts at a comeback, the Eagles' defense held the hosts scoreless over the final 4:28 to secure the big road win.

Sophomore Delaney Hodgins led the team in scoring with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while tallying six rebounds and three assists. Bethany Montgomery scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, along with three rebounds in only 10 minutes of action. Junior Tisha Phillips scored 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting, while recording three rebounds and three assists. Senior Hayley Hodgins scored 10 points, along with three assists and a block.

"We didn't go a great job defensively in the first half, especially in the second quarter," said EWU head coach Wendy Schuller. "We let them kind of pick us apart and get back in the game. We made a few adjustments at halftime, and I thought the team picked up those adjustments well. We communicated a lot better on that end of the floor in the second half and found a way to get it done."

The Eagles return home for a contest against Sacramento State, on Thursday, Feb. 18, starting at 6 p.m. PST.

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