Portland outlasts EWU; Lady Eags blame loss on poor shooting
CHENEY, Wash. - The ladies from Eastern Washington couldn't quite hold on for a fifth win of the season, losing to Portland 73-66 Monday night in Cheney.
Portland took control of the game early when Gonzaga Prep graduate Tara Cronin hit a three point shot in the first half for three of her 13 points. Yakima native Laiken Dollente led all scorers, putting in 26 points for the Pilots.
Eastern Washington shot just 29 percent from the field in the first half, compared to Portland State's 59 percent. Head coach Wendy Schuller said her team didn't play with enough intensity to earn the win.
The Eagles improved their shooting in the second half, going on a 21-6 run. On defense, they held Portland to just 24 percent shooting. The Pilots didn't score a point over an eight minute stretch.
Kyla Evans led the Eagles in scoring with 12 points. Tatjana Sparavalo had 11; Nicole Scott added 10 plints.
The Eagles go on the road to play at Cal Poly on Saturday. They'll play at Cal State Northridge two days later.