Eagles’ 3-point scoring lifts them over Lumberjacks


Mckenzie Ford

Junior forward Leya DePriest celebrates a 3-pointer in the Eagles’ 81-76 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday. EWU made a season high 13 3-pointers in the victory.

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

The EWU women’s basketball team were lights out from behind the 3-point line on Saturday, scoring a season-high 13 3-pointers, topping Northern Arizona on Reese Court.

The Eagles (8-8, 9-16) have now won four of their last five games, with the 81-76 victory over the Lumberjacks (5-12, 9-17).

EWU’s seniors led the way. Guard Kapri Morrow had a team-high 19 points and added seven rebounds. Forward Alissa Sealby tied her career-high with 18 points, while adding two steals.

“My teammates were looking for me, so it was a matter of me making (shots) or not,” Sealby said. “I think I came out hitting two threes, so that really boosted my confidence.”

For the second straight game, at least four Eagles scored in double figures. Freshman guard Grace Kirscher had 15, while junior forward Uriah Howard had 13 off the bench, before leaving in the fourth quarter with a left arm injury.

“I think people are confident right now,” EWU head coach Wendy Schuller said. “We figured out who does what well, and we’re playing to those strengths. Point guards are finding people where they need to find them, and we’ve got a lot of confidence shooting the ball as well.”

Howard was seen on EWU’s bench with a sling following her injury, but Schuller said the injury doesn’t appear to be serious.

“I don’t think it’s too bad, we’ll see for sure,” Schuller said. “She got her arm jerked a little bit. Hopefully it’s nothing too bad, because she gave us a great spark tonight.”

Morrow, Sealby, Kirscher and Howard scored 12 of EWU’s 13 3-pointers, with the other coming from freshman guard Jessica McDowell-White.

EWU received a strong contribution from freshman center Bella Cravens, who had a career-high 10 rebounds to go with eight points and three blocks.

The game was rife with turnovers. EWU committed 21, while NAU had 19. Schuller attributed that trend to the high level of energy.

“NAU is really aggressive defensively, and got us in a hurry sometimes when we didn’t need to,” Schuller said.

EWU’s win, coupled with Montana’s loss on Saturday to Montana State, moved the Eagles to No. 6 in the Big Sky Conference standings. EWU remains one game behind MSU for 5th place and a bye in the BSC tournament. Despite the tightly contested standings, Schuller prefers not to scoreboard watch.

“I’m really into just focusing on ourselves and what we do every single game,” Schuller said. “I’ve learned in this league there’s not a lot of use to scoreboard watch because anything can happen on any day. For us, we need to just take care of our business every time we step onto the floor and things will happen as they’re supposed to at the end.”

Four games remain in the regular season. Up next for EWU is the final road trip of the season, starting with Sacramento State on Feb. 28.