The holiday season is here, and Big Sky games for women’s basketball from east Washington are soon to follow. Eastern will debut their final non-conference game when they host Utah State on Tuesday, December 20 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
The game will be streamed live on ESPN+ and live stats can be viewed on GoEags.com. Fans can purchase tickets for the game on the day of the game at Reese Court or online by clicking the link HERE.
last time out
The Eagles were in Eugene, Oregon last Thursday (Dec. 15) to play No. 15/16 Oregon and the Ducks had a comfortable 88-38 win. Eastern trailed by nine after the first quarter, but Oregon would break up in the second quarter for a 42-20 halftime lead. The Ducks continued to control the game in the second half, limiting the Eagles to the offensive end of the court to secure the win.
Jamie Loera led the team by nine points and Jacinta Buckley scored eight. Buckley and Jaydia Martin Each recorded five rebounds in the game. Overall, Eastern shot 21.3 percent and Oregon had a 45.5 percent mark from the floor.
A look at the eagles
Eastern Washington is 6-3 this year as they prepare to wrap up non-conference games. Eastern is 4-1 home and 2-2 away. The Eagles hold fourth-ranked offense (69.0) and defensive (62.0) in Big Sky. From the ground, Eastern shoots 40.0 percent while holding opponents at 39.4 percent. Both percentages rank fifth in the conference. Protection of the ball continues to be a focus for the Eagles and they boast the highest turnover margin in Big Sky at plus-6.89. The team also has the best assist-to-turnover margin of 1.15.
Leading the scoring for the Eagles is Jaydia Martin, who averages 14.1 points per game and shoots 40.4 percent from three-point range. Martin is averaging 2.6 threes per game and shooting 42.6 percent overall this season. The sophomore ranks ninth in scoring at Big Sky, fifth in three-point percentage, and fourth in three-point points scored per game.
contribute across the board Jamie Loera is the linchpin of Eastern’s team. Loera leads the Eagles in assists (33) and steals (26) while she is second in points (11.3) and rebounds (5.8). The home of Moses Lake, Washington is tied for 16th in Big Sky and is tied for 14th in rebound. Additionally, Loera averages 3.7 assists per game, ranking sixth in the conference while holding a third-place assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.7. Loera’s average of 2.9 steals per game is also the all-time high in Big Sky.
As a team, Eastern averages 11.1 steals per game, also the highest in the conference.
The Eagles have 28 blocks this season and are averaging 3.11 per game. Jacinta Buckley Leads the team and ranks fifth on Big Sky with a 1.0 average per game. Milly Knowles average 0.7 per game in 17th placethduring Jaleesa Lawrence and Camille Jentzsch average 0.6 and 0.5 blocks per game to reach 18th and 21St on the conference leaderboard.
Buckley leads the team and is 10thth in Big Sky with 6.7 rebounds per game.
Scouting the Aggies
Utah State is 3-7 in the season, 1-4 on the road and 2-3 at home. The Aggies will go into the competition against Eastern on a nine-day break. Most recently they lost to Loyola Marymount 63-71 (Dec. 10). On December 1, they defeated Big Sky’s opponent Weber State by a score of 74-69.
Utah State is averaging 61.6 points per game, allowing for 71.2. They rank third at the Mountain West with a three-point percentage of 34.5 and fourth in offensive rebounds per game (12.3).
The Aggies are led by graduate student guards Maria Carvalho and Mayson Kimball, both of whom are averaging 11.6 points per game. Carvalho averages 6.0 rebounds per game to lead the team and shoots 45.9% from three. Junior guard Tamiah Robinson is progressing the team at 3.5 assists per game and adding 9.2 points per contest.
Eastern is 2-1 with Utah State and lost the most recent duel between the two teams by a score of 65-71 in overtime (December 6, 2008).
EMU vs. Mountain West
Eastern is 37-50 against the Mountain West Conference after beating Boise State 83-74 (Nov. 11) earlier this season.
Eastern Washington will be free until Dec. 29 when they open the conference game against Montana at Reese Court, with tippoff at 6 p.m