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Portland Falls To Eastern Washington, 84-66

Dec. 31, 2006

Eastern Washington - 84
Portland - 66

CHENEY, Wash. --- Eastern Washington's Joanna Chadd scored a game-high 22 points and Brittney Osborn added 20 as the Eagles defeated the Portland Pilots 84-66 in a non-conference women's basketball game on Sunday afternoon. Freshman guard Laiken Dollente scored a team-high 17 points for the Pilots.

Portland drops to 8-7 overall this season, while Eastern Washington improves to 5-8.

EWU cruised to the victory after building a 46-30 lead at the half. The Eagles hit 48 percent (31 for 65) of their shots and connected on nine three-pointers. Eastern Washington's Sydney Benson finished with 11 points and Phynique Allen scored 10.

Dollente, who entered the game second in the West Coast Conference with a 16.7 points per game average, hit 11 of 12 free throws and led the Pilots in scoring for the eighth time this season. She also grabbed a career-high six rebounds as Portland outrebounded the Eagles 43-38.

Portland junior guard Rachel Stratton, who has missed most of the season with injuries, came off the bench to score a season-high 11 points. Junior forward Anne Graner finished with 10 points.

Sophomore forward Allyson Sievers had a team-high seven rebounds, while junior center Rachel Warren and freshman forward Laura Thomas both grabbed six.

The Eagles began the game on fire from the field and built a 21-2 lead nine minutes in. The lead was 29-11 when Portland went on a 15-5 run to cut the lead down to eight with 2:22 left in the first half. Graner hit three free throws and connected on a three-pointer during the spurt that pulled Portland within 34-26. But the Eagles responded with a 12-4 run to end the half and take a 16-point lead into the locker room.

The lead grew to 26 points four minutes into the second half and Portland never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.

The Pilots shot 35 percent (21 for 60) for the game and hit three of ten shots from behind the three-point arc. Portland made 21 of 28 free throw attempts.

Eastern Washington turned 25 Portland turnovers into 33 points, while the Pilots countered with 13 points off of 18 EWU turnovers. The Eagles outscored the Pilots 38-18 in the paint.

Portland next opens conference play with a two-game trip to Southern California next week. Pepperdine hosts the Pilots on Friday, Jan. 5 before Portland plays at Loyola Marymount on Sunday, Jan. 7.