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EWU Men’s Basketball Rebuild Kicks Off with 5 Players and 3 Coaches

By Nic Cunningham, Reporter June 6, 2024

The Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team began adding to the 2024-25 roster in May. Five players committed to the school, while head coach Dan Monson hired three assistant coaches.  Forward...

Leandra Nizetic, EWU Women’s Tennis, Sophomore

Women’s tennis boasts strongest international representation of any EWU team

By Nic Cunningham, Reporter May 29, 2024

With four international players this season, and another arriving from France next school year, the Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team contains the most international student-athletes...

Simmons said the biggest reasons for her success this year were “God, hard work, and trusting [her] coach and what she has planned.”

First-year Eagle leaps to record-breaking distances

By Nic Cunningham, Reporter May 29, 2024

Junior Caitlin “Egypt” Simmons has set fire to the Eastern Washington University Track and Field record books this year, setting four school records across both track seasons. The long and triple jumper...

 Junior forward Cedric Coward throws a pass against Idaho in February 10.

Does the Big Sky Tournament need to be changed?

By Nic Cunningham, Reporter May 15, 2024

The 2024 Big Sky Basketball Championship saw the top-seeded EWU men’s team fall in their first game for the second straight season. Second-seed Northern Colorado lost their first game as well. Since...

Forward LeJuan Watts is one of three former Eagles committed to Washington State University for the 2024-25 season.

Three former Eagles set to join David Riley in Pullman for 2024 season

By Nic Cunningham, Reporter May 6, 2024

Last month, it was announced that EWU Men’s Basketball coach David Riley took the head coaching position at Washington State University. This announcement was swiftly followed by six Eagles entering...

Eight Eagles, including all four pictured – Casey Jones, Jake Kyman, Ellis Magnuson, and Ethan Price – are graduating or entering the transfer portal. New Coach Dan Monson is tasked with replacing them.

Former Gonzaga Coach Dan Monson selected to lead Eagles through rebuild

By Nic Cunningham, Reporter April 15, 2024

The Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team has a new head coach: Dan Monson is returning to Spokane County. Monson led Gonzaga to the Elite Eight in his second year as the program’s head...

Senior guard Ellis Magnuson is the EWU record holder in career games played and is third in school history in career assists.

Both Eagles Basketball Teams Dominant in 2024

By Nic Cunningham, Reporter April 11, 2024

For the first time in Eastern Washington University history, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams claimed their respective regular season conference championships. It is only the third time...

The Eastern Washington Men’s basketball team huddles in preparation for a game against Idaho on February 10.

Washington State Cougars add former EWU basketball coach David Riley

By Nic Cunningham, Reporter April 10, 2024

On April 3, it was announced by EWU Athletics that Eastern Washington men’s basketball coach David Riley had taken the head coaching position at Washington State University and stepped down from his...

In just her third year with the program, EWU women’s basketball head coach Joddie Gleason led the Eagles to their first-ever tournament championship and second-ever NCAA tournament appearance.

Eagles earn program’s first Big Sky Tournament Championship

By Nic Cunningham, Reporter March 22, 2024

The Eastern Washington University women’s basketball team beat Northern Arizona University 73-64 on March 13 in a tightly contested game to become Big Sky Tournament champions for the first time in program...

Junior guard Jaleesa Lawrence drives to the rim on Feb. 24 against Northern Colorado. Lawrence scored 15 points to help lead the Eagles past Weber State in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament on March 10

Mixed bag for EWU basketball in conference tournament

By Nic Cunningham, Reporter March 11, 2024

In the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament, both Eastern Washington University basketball teams entered as the top seed, making them the expected favorites to win the whole tournament. However,...

Redshirt freshman forward LeJuan Watts had a career-high 21 points, with many coming at the perfect time for the Eagles.

A career-high performance powers Eagles to overtime victory

By Nic Cunningham, Reporter March 6, 2024

Two days after clinching the Big Sky regular season title on Feb. 29, the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team brought their winning streak to three games by defeating the Montana State...

EWU Women’s Basketball players Aaliyah Alexander (25) and Jamie Loera (15) playing against University of Idaho in Reece Court.

Eastern Washington University’s women’s basketball shatters records, engages community off court

By Cannon Barnett, News Editor March 6, 2024

Aaliyah Alexander and Jamie Loera may have grown up in different cities, but both shared the formative experience of watching their parents and older sisters play basketball throughout their whole childhood.  A...

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