Delaney Hodgins became the 17th player in Eastern Washington women’s history to score 1,000 points as the Eagles continued their hot play of late with an 84-67 victory over Cal State Fullerton in Cheney on Thursday.
Hodgins scored her 1,000th career point with a 3-pointer in the third quarter and ended the day with 28 points to give her 1,015 points for her career. The 28-point performance extends the forward’s hot play of late, as she has now tallied 20-plus points in each of her last five games. It also pushes her double-digit scoring streak to 25 games.
Hodgins joins her sister Hayley, who graduated last season with a school-record 1,862 points, on the 1,000-point list.
“Delaney has been special since the day she arrived on campus,” said coach Wendy Schuller. “She does so many great things. She has a high basketball IQ, she works extremely hard and she is very skilled. The best part about coaching Delaney is that she is never satisfied with what she is doing. She wants to keep getting better and better, and she is going to continue to do that for us over the next year and a half.”
Eastern Washington (5-3) hit a season-high 15 3-point field goals in the victory. Hodgins led the way with six 3-pointers, while Tisha Phillips hit three en route to a career-best 25 points.
EWU held Cal State Fullerton (2-6) to just six points in the first 10 minutes to jump out to a 27-6 lead. The Titans pulled within 11 points at the break, 42-31, but the Eagles shot 63.2 percent in the third to build a 30-point lead at 73-43.
“I thought we were firing from all cylinders today,” added the head coach. “When you go 15 of 30 from behind the arc, you’re going to score some points.”
The Eagles take on regional rival Gonzaga on Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
North Idaho 89, Merritt 61: The Cardinals beat Merritt 89-61 in the first round of the San Jose City College Classic in San Jose, California.
North Idaho faces Yuba in the second round on Friday at 6 p.m.
Tyson Durfey, formerly of Colbert, Washington, placed third in tie-down roping with a time of 7.30 seconds and won another $15,653.85 putting him second in the aggregate and second in the world in the eighth round of National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
The average is the cumulative time or points earned during the 10 rounds. The world rankings are determined by who finished the year with the most money, including what is won at the National Finals Rodeo. At the end of the 10 rounds, champions will be determined for both average and rankings.
Riley and Brady Minor (Ellensburg) took fourth in team roping with a time of 4.50. They are fifth in average and ranked fourth. Pamela Capper (Cheney) finished eighth in barrel racing with a time of 13.69 and is fourth in average and ninth in rankings.
The rodeo runs through Dec. 10 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
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