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February 8, 2018


Eastern off to meet Idaho in Moscow

Hoping for a reversal of a home loss earlier this season, the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team takes on Big Sky Conference preseason favorite Idaho on Friday, Feb. 9 at approximately 7:30 p.m. at Cowan Spectrum in Moscow, Idaho. The game will start after the conclusion of the EWU-UI women’s game which begins at 5 p.m.

Earlier this season in Cheney, Idaho overcame a 20-6 start by the Eagles and went on to win 58-51.

The Vandals have won their last three games and are 6-1 on the road and 2-2 at home during conference play. A win for Idaho on Friday would give the Vandals a tiebreaker advantage over EWU at the end of the season in seeding for the Big Sky Conference Tournament March 6-10 in Reno, Nev. The top four teams receive first-round byes and won’t have to play until March 8 in the quarterfinals.

“It will be a great test and opportunity for our team,” Eastern head coach Shantay Legans said. “This time of year we are playing for seeding and we want to be one of the top four teams in the league.”

Now 12-12 overall, the Eagles have won nine of their last 13 games. Idaho is 16-7 overall and has won six of its last seven after a 2-2 league start. Eastern is fourth in the league standings, a game behind Idaho at 8-3 following a road split last week. The Eagles beat Sacramento State 74-54 on Feb. 1 behind Bogdan Bliznyuk’s 40 points then fell at Portland State Feb. 3 as Cody Benzel scored 21 points with seven 3-pointers.

Heading into this Thursday’s games in the Big Sky, Montana remains unbeaten at 11-0. Weber State at 8-2, Idaho (8-3) and Eastern (7-4) are trying to close the gap.



Hodgins repeats Big Sky award

For the second time in three weeks, Eastern Washington University women’s basketball player Delaney Hodgins has earned the Big Sky Player of the Week nod, the conference announced Feb. 6. This is the third time in her career and the second time this season she has received the award. She was also named College Sports Madness POTW for the second time this season, as announced on Feb. 5.

Hodgins entered the week just 15 points away from breaking Eastern Washington’s all-time scoring record, held by her older sister and former teammate Hayley Hodgins with 1,865 points. The senior broke the record in the second quarter and never looked back, finishing the night with 28 points at home against Sacramento State, just two shy of her career high.

On the week, she scored 55 points in two games for a 27.5/game average. She also shot 21-for-39 from field goal range (53.8 percent), 5-for-10 from 3-point range (50 percent) and went 8-for-12 from the line (66.7).

Hodgins currently sits on top of the EWU leaderboard with 1,906 points as she looks to become the first Eagle and fourth Big Sky player to ever eclipse 2,000 points with just five regular season games remaining. She currently averages 20.8 points per game and is on a 19-game double-digit scoring streak.

The Eagles are back in action Friday, Feb. 9 at Idaho at 5 p.m. as a part of a doubleheader with the men’s team.


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