EASTERN WASHINGTON CONTROLS GAME FROM START TO FINISH WHILE DEFEATING WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington jumped out to a 10-2 lead and cruised the rest of the way as the Eagles defeated the Sacramento State women's basketball team, 74-41, in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday evening at Reese Court.
After senior Torilynn Boyd made 1-of-2 free throws to cut the Eagles' lead to 10 points (19-9) with 10:53 remaining in the first half, the Hornets got no closer the rest of the game as Eastern Washington piled it on, finishing the final 10:34 of the first half on a 17-7 run to take a 36-16 lead into halftime.
The Hornets would get no closer than 18 points in the second half as Eastern Washington pushed its lead to a game-high 35 points with 2:38 remaining in the contest.
With the win, Eastern Washington improved to 10-16 overall and 5-9 in the Big Sky. Sacramento State lost its eighth in a row while falling to 3-21 and 1-13 in the conference.
The Eagles were led by Allie Bailey's 16 points. Jennifer Paluck (11), Janelle Ruen (10) and Alison Chase (10) rounded out the Eastern Washington quartet in double-figure points.
Junior Sephora Scoubes paced the Hornets with a team-high 17 points and six rebounds as no other Hornet finished in double figures. Sacramento State had 18 turnovers while Eastern Washington outscored the Hornets, 29-2, on points off turnovers.
The Eagles also controlled the glass, outrebounding Sacramento State, 50-31. The Hornets shot an abysmal 26.9 percent (14-52) from the floor while recording season lows in three-point field goals (zero) and assists (five). Sacramento State went 0-for-7 from the three-point line and the team compiled just nine offensive rebounds on the night.
Sacramento State plays its final two games of the season next week (both at home) against Montana on Thursday, March 1, and Idaho State on Saturday, March 3. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m.