Eagle Women to Meet Idaho State in Big Sky Quarterfinal - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Eagle Women to Meet Idaho State in Big Sky Quarterfinal

The EWU women's basketball team will face Idaho State in the Big Sky Conference Quarterfinals this Thursday. The EWU women's basketball team will face Idaho State in the Big Sky Conference Quarterfinals this Thursday.

by EWU Athletics

The Eastern Washington women's basketball team will make its fifth consecutive appearance in the Big Sky Tournament this week in Grand Forks, N.D., when it squares off with Idaho State in a quarterfinal game on Thursday, Mar. 13, at 5:30 p.m. PST.

Enterting this year's Big Sky Tournament as the No. 4 seed, Eastern (16-13, 12-8 Big Sky) will open play against fifth-seeded Idaho State (13-16, 11-9 BSC) in one of three quarterfinal games on Thursday.

Tournament host North Dakota and No. 2 seed Southern Utah shared the Big Sky regular season title while Montana finished third in the league standings. North Dakota receives a bye into the semifinal round while Southern Utah will play seventh-seeded Sacramento State at 12:30 p.m. PST on Thursday followed by Montana's clash against in-state rival and No. 6 seed Montana State at 3 p.m. PST.

North Dakota will face the lowest remaining seed in the first of two semifinals on Friday, Mar. 14, at 3 p.m. PST. The two highest remaining seeds will meet in the second semifinal that night at 5:30 p.m. PST.

The Big Sky Tournament champion will be decided on Saturday, Mar. 15, at 1 p.m. PST.

The Eagles enter the tournament having won eight of its last 11 games dating back to the start of February. Last weekend, EWU split a pair of road contests to close out its regular season, falling at Idaho State, 86-62, on Thursday, Mar. 6, before rebounding to defeat Weber State, 68-60, on Saturday, Mar. 8.

Junior Melissa Williams went for a career-high 23 points against the Bengals, shooting 9-of-13 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. It was her first 20-point game in 86 career outings for the Eagles. She followed that up with a double-double against Weber State, notching 10 points and 10 boards.

Redshirt junior Lexie Nelson led four Eagles in double figures with 20 points against Weber State, burying four three-pointers. Nelson leads the Big Sky and ranks seventh nationally in three-point percentage, shooting 44.8 percent from long range.

Eastern split the season series with Idaho State as both teams won on their home floors. The Eagles have twice faced the Bengals in the Big Sky Tournament, dropping both contests.

EWU edged Idaho State, 67-55, in this season's first meeting at Reese Court back on Jan. 4. Nelson and redshirt sophomore Hayley Hodgins combined for 37 of the Eagles' points, making five of the team's seven three-pointers. Eastern raced out to an 11-0 lead to start the game and never looked back, holding off a late rally from the Bengals while knocking down its free throws down the stretch.

Idaho State scored 55 second-half points in this season's second meeting to cruise past the Eagles, 86-62. ISU shot a blistering 79 percent in the second half, missing just five of 24 shots while burying seven three-pointers.

Lindsey Reed (16.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg) earned First Team All-Big Sky honors while Jessica Tingey (11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg) was an all-league honorable mention pick.

  • College

    • UW's Kelsey Plum named finalist for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year

      LOS ANGELES -- University of Washington women's basketball graduate Kelsey Plum was named a "Top Three" finalist for the 2016-17 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and prestigious Honda Cup during the 41st annual Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) ceremony Monday evening (June 26) at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. 

    • Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski makes Hornets' summer league roster

      SPOKANE, Wash. – Former Gonzaga standout Przemek Karnowski made the Charlotte Hornets’ summer league roster the team released Monday. Charlotte announced the team’s 15-man roster for the 2017 Orlando Mountain Dew Pro Summer League beginning Saturday.

    • WSU basketball player Josh Hawkinson signs with Japanese team

      Former Washington State Cougars forward Josh Hawkinson has signed with the Toyotsu Fighting Eagles of Japan's BL2, according to international basketball reporter David Pick. Hawkinson was named to the 2017 All-Pac-12 second team, after being named a Pac-12 honorable mention in both his sophomore and junior years.

    • Former Zag Ryan Edwards to play final season of basketball at Portland State

      Portland State Basketball Coach Barret Peery has announced the addition of graduate transfer Ryan Edwards to the Viking program for the 2017-18 season. Edwards has signed a grant-in-aid contract and entered school for summer term. Edwards has played three seasons with one redshirt season at Gonzaga University.

    • Gonzaga's Jordan Mathews takes alternate route to NBA, New Orleans Pelicans

      Jordan Mathews is walking in the footsteps of former Gonzaga teammate Kyle Wiltjer, following the Houston Rocket's path to the NBA. After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, Mathews drew attention from three NBA teams about possibly playing for their Summer League team and ultimately chose the New Orleans Pelicans.

    • EWU's Jacob Wiley will join the Brooklyn Nets

      In a way, it was a blessing for former Eastern Washington University basketball player Jacob Wiley not to be chosen in the two rounds of the National Basketball Association Draft in Brooklyn, N.Y.   But he'll wind up in Brooklyn anyway, as the Nets.

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Eastern WashingtonEWUMore>>

  • EWU's Jacob Wiley will join the Brooklyn Nets

    EWU's Jacob Wiley will join the Brooklyn Nets

    Courtesy: EWU AthleticsCourtesy: EWU Athletics

    In a way, it was a blessing for former Eastern Washington University basketball player Jacob Wiley not to be chosen in the two rounds of the National Basketball Association Draft in Brooklyn, N.Y.   But he'll wind up in Brooklyn anyway, as the Nets.

    >>

    In a way, it was a blessing for former Eastern Washington University basketball player Jacob Wiley not to be chosen in the two rounds of the National Basketball Association Draft in Brooklyn, N.Y.   But he'll wind up in Brooklyn anyway, as the Nets.

    >>
  • Quartet selected as co-captains for 2017 EWU football season

    Quartet selected as co-captains for 2017 EWU football season

    Courtesy: EWU AthleticsCourtesy: EWU Athletics

    Seniors Albert Havili, Andre Lino and Nic Sblendorio will join junior Gage Gubrud as the first captains in the head coaching career of Aaron Best, the first-year Eastern Washington University football coach announced Thursday (June 8).  

    >>

    Seniors Albert Havili, Andre Lino and Nic Sblendorio will join junior Gage Gubrud as the first captains in the head coaching career of Aaron Best, the first-year Eastern Washington University football coach announced Thursday (June 8).  

    >>
  • EWU's Ashli Payne to play professional basketball in Australia

    EWU's Ashli Payne to play professional basketball in Australia

    Courtesy: EWU AthleticsCourtesy: EWU Athletics

    CHENEY, Wash. – Recent Eastern Washington University women's basketball alumna Ashli Payne has signed a contract to play basketball professionally for the Gold Coast Rollers of the Queensland Basketball League in Gold Coast, Queensland.
     

    >>

    CHENEY, Wash. – Recent Eastern Washington University women's basketball alumna Ashli Payne has signed a contract to play basketball professionally for the Gold Coast Rollers of the Queensland Basketball League in Gold Coast, Queensland.
     

    >>