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Eagles’ Nelson puts in long hours

This week's women's basketball notebook features Eastern Washington sophomore guard Lexie Nelson, whose hard-working habits have impressed coach Wendy Schuller and her Eagles teammates. Read more

Nelson said she doesn't have a sweet spot on the court, per se.

“I feel comfortable with any spot on the court,” she said. “Maybe not so much posting up, but I'm working on it.”

Nelson said it was hard sitting out one year after her transfer from Montana, but the redshirt year gave her a chance to work on her game.

“(Montana) wasn't a great fit, but I'm glad to have the opportunity to come to Eastern,” she said. “I love my teammates here and I think we have a lot of potential.”

EWU will play Montana twice during the Big Sky Conference season, including Jan. 3 at home. Nelson doesn't expect any harsh feelings.

“It'll be different,” she said. “I have friends on the team. … I don't think there will be any negative feelings at all. We left on good terms.”

Coach Schuller was surprised when she first heard that Nelson might want to transfer from Montana.

“We were shocked, to say the least,” Schuller said. “Montana has a storied history.”

But Schuller said the change made sense, because the Grizzlies run more of a post-oriented kind of system.

“We're a more pressure-oriented style of play,” she said. “We try to get the ball out on transition.”

Nelson struggled with her shooting during Eastern's first two games, hitting 5 of 17 from the floor. She bounced back to shoot 7 for 12 in a win over Portland.

“She's still trying to find her exact role on the team,” Schuller said. “I think she's coming into her own, for sure, in terms of what we want her to do.”

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