Eagle Hoops Report


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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Eagles dispatch Lumberjacks with strong second half

Eagles dispatch Lumberjacks with strong second halfRENO, Nevada – With the four-game losing streak in his rear-view mirror, Eastern Washington basketball coach Jim Hayford finally could make light of it. And offer a warning to Idaho and the rest of the Big Sky Conference. After a ...

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MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016

Jim Hayford built Eagles around Venky Jois’ character

Jim Hayford built Eagles around Venky Jois’ characterRENO, Nevada – The Senior Night crowd was long gone as Venky Jois and his family, friends and teammates soaked in the memories Saturday at Reese Court. They’d come halfway around the world to share the final chapter of a ...

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EWU’s Venky Jois, Austin McBroom named All-Big Sky

EWU’s Venky Jois, Austin McBroom named All-Big SkyEastern Washington seniors Venky Jois and Austin McBroom were selected to the All-Big Sky Conference basketball team, the league announced Monday. Jois was a repeat selection on the first team, while McBroom was named to the second team. Idaho’s Victor ...

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Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford rallies his team against Northern Colorado during a college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at Reese Court in Cheney.  (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Eastern men face Northern Arizona in Big Sky tournament opener 

Eastern men face Northern Arizona in Big Sky tournament opener“I’m the most confident coach in the world on a four-game losing streak,” Eastern Washington men’s basketball coach Jim Hayford joked as the sixth-seeded Eagles (16-14 overall and 10-8 in the Big Sky) held their last practice of the season at Reese Court ahead of their first-round game Tuesday night in the Big Sky Conference tournament against Northern Arizona.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2016

Eagles, Vandals ready for Big Sky tournaments

Eagles, Vandals ready for Big Sky tournamentsIt’s full-speed ahead on the Road to Reno. After the dust finally cleared Saturday night in the Big Sky Conference regular season, Idaho and Eastern Washington basketball fans can see a clear path deep into the postseason. That could include ...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016

Eagles fall to Idaho State, the morning after

Eagles fall to Idaho State, the morning afterThe Eastern Washington players and coaches got the message Thursday night: Nothing is guaranteed in Big Sky Conference, even at Reese Court. Coming off two straight road losses, the Eagles returned home knowing that they needed just two wins this ...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016


Four corners: EWU Eagles

Four corners: EWU EaglesComing up: Thursday vs. Idaho State, 6:05 p.m.; Saturday vs. Weber State, 2:05 p.m. Outlook: The week is full of subplots as Eastern closes out the regular season with two games at Reese Court. There’s senior forward Venky Jois, who ...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016

Elle Tinkle stays positive, hopes for medical redshirt

Elle Tinkle stays positive, hopes for medical redshirtShe wore heels instead of sneakers, but Elle Tinkle still managed a slam dunk on Senior Night at Gonzaga. Moments after the Bulldogs’ win over BYU on Saturday, their injured senior captain brought down the Kennel with her promise to ...

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St. John, Eastern basketball legend Irv Leifer dies

St. John, Eastern basketball legend Irv Leifer diesIrv Leifer, who was one of the all-time great basketball players for St. John High School and Eastern Washington University before going on to coach Renton High School to multiple state championships, has died. He was 93.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2016

Eagles look for defensive intensity at Idaho

Eagles look for defensive intensity at IdahoAs Eastern Washington deals with the adversity of a bad defensive performance last weekend at Portland State, the Eagles can grab a quick reality check by looking at their next opponent. Big Sky Conference rival Idaho is still in the ...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2016

Eagles have 20 wins, Big Sky title in sight

Eagles have 20 wins, Big Sky title in sightThe Eastern Washington women have a lot to play for in the next two weeks, including a 20-win season and a shot at the Big Sky Conference title. All the more reason, Eagle coach Wendy Schuller says, for the players ...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016

EWU’s Austin McBroom earns national honor

EWU’s Austin McBroom earns national honorJust a day after earning the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week, Eastern Washington’s Austin McBroom picked up a big national honor. McBroom, who scored 72 points last weekend in wins over North Dakota and Northern Colorado, ...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 13, 2016

EWU guard Austin McBroom (5) shot 62 percent from the field – including 7-for-12 from long range – and finished with a team-high 37 points on Saturday in Cheney. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Austin McBroom leads red-hot EWU past Northern Colorado

Austin McBroom leads red-hot EWU past Northern ColoradoReese Court is seeing a lot of heroics this season, just not the last-second variety – and that’s OK with Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford. “Our players are just really dialed-in on our game plans, our scouting reports and our ...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2016

EWU beats North Dakota, the day after

EWU beats North Dakota, the day afterForgive Venky Jois is he’s feeling a bit confident these days. Three slam dunks and a 9-for-9 night from the floor will do that for you, not to mention another big win for Eastern Washington. After the Eagles’ not-that-close, 95-85 ...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2016





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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