Eagles fall to Iowa State and Butler in Las Vegas

Eagles fall to Iowa State and Butler in Las Vegas

Lexie Nelson and Hayley Hodgins have highlights for the weekend

Elohino Theodore
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The EWU women’s basketball team had a weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., where they competed for two days at the South Point Shootout.

On Nov. 29, the Eagles went up against Iowa State to start off their weekend where they fell 88-60. Iowa State had an early lead in the first half to start, followed by Eastern answering back with a basket to tie the game.

After the tie, Iowa State went on a 23-7 run for nine minutes; from there the lead became 25-9. At the end of the first half, the Cyclones took a 50-27 lead heading into halftime.

At the start of the second half, Iowa State’s lead increased to 27 points. Later on, EWU cut the lead to 23 after junior guard Lexie Nelson added five points. However, the Eagles would end up struggling against Iowa State for the rest of the game.

Nelson had a season high of 18 points, junior forward Melissa Williams had 10 points and five rebounds, with Freshman guard Bethany Montgomery adding in six points and four rebounds in 12 minutes.

On Nov. 30, the Eagles competed against Butler University for their second game of the weekend where they fell to the Bulldogs, 74-51. Much like the previous opponent, Butler started off the game with an early lead. However, Nelson and sophomore guard Hayley Hodgins kept Eastern in the game.

EWU ended up going on a 13-4 run at the 15:59 mark. Later on, Butler’s Liz Stratman scored a basket to end the run at the 11:54 mark. Butler also ended up tying the score 22-22 at the 7:29 mark.

Heading into the last few minutes of the first half, Butler ended up going on a 7-0 run. At the beginning of the second half, Butler continued to add on to their run. With a 23-point lead, the score became 53-30. Williams later ended Butler’s run with a jump shot.

EWU was not able to make it a close game, and ended up losing their second during the weekend in Las Vegas. The Eagles had 22 turnovers and 13 rebounds for the game. Hodgins had 16 points, Nelson had 12 points and Williams had a game high of 13 rebounds along with eight points.