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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

Andrea Williams (Courtesy of Big Ten)

Andrea Williams named Big Sky commissioner

Andrea Williams named Big Sky commissionerThe Big Sky Conference is making big news this week. On Thursday it was the return of Idaho as a football member; on Friday the conference announced the hiring of its first female commissioner. Andrea Williams, who has competed and ...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016

Eastern signs big point guard, Luka Vulikic

Eastern signs big point guard, Luka VulikicEastern Washington’s latest point guard signee has a good 5 inches on graduated star Austin McBroom. Time will tell whether Luka Vulikic reaches the same stature. The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder from Serbia is the final piece of a three-man class announced ...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016

Guard Cody Benzel, right, will be among the returning players next season for Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Venky Jois highlights up-and-down season for Eagles

Venky Jois highlights up-and-down season for EaglesThe win total was down, but the entertainment value was as high as ever this season at Eastern Washington. The ferocious slam-dunks of Venky Jois and the 924 three-pointers launched by the Eagles partly offset the injuries and a late-season ...

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MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016

Eagles struggle in second half, lose to Nevada

Eagles struggle in second half, lose to NevadaRENO, Nev. — Minus all-time leading scorer Venky Jois, Eastern Washington needed to play a near-flawless game to upset Nevada in the College Basketball Invitational on Monday in Lawlor Events Center. For a half, the Eagles did so. But the ...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016

Eastern Washington guard Austin McBroom (5) and Eastern Washington head coach Jon Hayford celebrate the Eagles 79-72 win over Pepperdine in a College Basketball Invitational first round game, Wed., March 16, 2016, on Reese Court in Cheney. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

EWU outlasts Pepperdine, earns first postseason win in program history

EWU outlasts Pepperdine, earns first postseason win in program historyThe Eastern Washington players don’t want this party to end, and they played like it in the second half. “March Madness, Cheney-style,” coach Jim Hayford called it, the Eagles’ 79-72 win over Pepperdine in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016

EWU to host Pepperdine, Idaho goes to Seattle for CBI

EWU to host Pepperdine, Idaho goes to Seattle for CBIThe season isn’t over for Eastern Washington and Idaho, who fell short of the NCAAs at last week’s Big Sky Tournament. Both will play this week in the College Basketball Invitational, a 16-team event that also includes Big Sky rival ...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016


Eastern Washington forward Venky Jois, center, found the going tough Thursday against the defensive effort of Idaho’s Perrion Callandret, left, and Arkadiy Mkrtychyan. (Lance Iversen / Associated Press)

Eastern Washington men expect to receive postseason nod

Eastern Washington men expect to receive postseason nodRENO, Nevada – Eastern Washington didn’t earn the big prize at this year’s Big Sky Conference tournament, but the Eagles are getting some nice parting gifts. At the top of the list: a little respect, the kind that usually isn’t ...

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Eastern Washington forward Felix Von Hofe (44) passes the ball during the first half against Idaho in the Big Sky Conference semifinal on Friday. The league moved the tournament to Reno this season. (Lance Iversen / Fr171256 Ap)

The Big Sky finds its happy place in Reno

The Big Sky finds its happy place in RenoRENO, Nevada – The Big Sky Conference is feeling right at home in the Biggest Little City in the World. In hotel restaurants, bars and casino floors, fans are here to have fun and catch their favorite teams – all ...

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EWU falls to Idaho, the morning after

EWU falls to Idaho, the morning afterIt's morning in Reno, Nevada, where Eastern Washington fans basketball are waking up the reality of the Eagles' 77-73 loss to Idaho in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament. The Eagles will play again - but they won't ...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016


Eastern, Idaho women face off after thrilling wins in quarterfinals

Eastern, Idaho women face off after thrilling wins in quarterfinalsRENO, Nevada – Eastern Washington coach Wendy Schuller and Jon Newlee of Idaho aren’t sure they can take much more excitement. But they’ll try on Friday – against each other. And frankly they’re looking forward to it. “What a game ...

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EWU and Idaho women take thrillers

EWU and Idaho women take thrillersRENO, Nevada - You want exciting basketball? How about four games decided by a total of 10 points. I was so amped I couldn't get to sleep to 1 a.m., which is the norm around here. That's how things went ...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016

EWU men beat NAU, the morning after

EWU men beat NAU, the morning afterGood morning from Reno, where I slept in till 9 a.m. for the first time since .... the night before. I blame the Big Sky Confererence, which had the Eagles play in the 8 p.m. game. I didn't get back ...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2016

EWU women’s basketball coach Wendy Schuller has turned the Eagles into a perennial contender in the Big Sky Conference. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Wendy Schuller, assistants molded Eagles into another contender 

Wendy Schuller, assistants molded Eagles into another contenderRENO, Nevada – Not even coach Wendy Schuller knew what to expect this year from the Eastern Washington women’s basketball team. Except that the Eagles would work their tails off and make her proud. For a decade-and-a-half, the Eagles have ...

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Eagles hope to avoid being stung by Hornets

Eagles hope to avoid being stung by HornetsRENO, Nevada – The race is on at the Big Sky Conference women’s basketball tournament, and Eastern Washington doesn’t intend to be left behind. The Eagles came away from Monday’s first-round games with an even keener appreciation for the next ...

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Season status

Record: 18-16 (10-8)

Next game:
EWU vs. Big Sky tournament, March 12

Previous game:
Nevada 85, EWU 70


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