Women’s basketball hit the road to compete against Eastern Washington on Saturday but fell short, losing by a score of 81-76. The game was played at Reese Court in Cheney, Washington.
This game was a rematch between the Eagles and the Lumberjacks after they played 21 days ago. Eastern Washington was also the victor in the first game as both games were decided by less than 5 points.
NAU enjoyed another high-numbered performance from senior forward Kaleigh Paplow. She scored 18 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and had 5 steals. Sophomore forward Khiarica Rasheed looked for her shot early and often, and finished with 23 points and shot 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. Rasheed led all scorers in the game. The Lumberjacks also received a 15-point contribution from freshman guard Regan Schenck, who also tied her career high with three made shots from behind the arc.
Freshman center Bella Cravens was forceful in the painted area for Eastern Washington. She concluded with 8 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Cravens has been on a tear as of late, blocking 11 shots in her last three games. The Eagles’ senior guard Violet Kapri Morrow poured in 19 points, 7 rebounds, and hit three 3-pointers.
NAU spent the final minute of regulation fouling Eastern Washington and pressed them for missed free throws. Despite a late surge and a few 3-pointers by NAU, the Eagles kept the game out of Lumberjack reach by knocking down crucial free throws to seal the game. The Eagles were winning for the entire game, keeping a safe cushion of separation and protecting their lead.
With this victory, the Eastern Washington has now won five consecutive games against NAU. NAU drops their record to 9-17, while the Eagles improve to 9-16.
Looking ahead, Eastern Washington will travel to California to play against Sacramento State Feb. 28. The Lumberjacks will conclude the regular season with three home games in a row and the first of their home stand against Montana State next Saturday.