In a heart stopping game at Reese court Feb. 5, the Eaglesbattled Montana State for the win. Julie Page led the Eagles tovictory with 23 points and 10 rebounds while KathleenNygaard and AshleyJamison followed with 17 points each.
“This was a good team effort. Theywere able to make key defensive stops when they needed them,”said Wendy Schuller, Eagles’ head coach. Yet, Schuller alsofeels that the team’s defense could be improved, somethingthat they will continue to work on in practice.
Throughout the first half of the gamethe Eagles played hard, fighting through the tough Montana Statedefense to land shots. Sometimes ahead and sometimes behind, theEagles were able to pull forward to a two point lead at the half.
The second half of play, just as intenseas the first, proved successful for the Eagles. Montana Statecommitted many fouls, allowing the Eagles to excel on the line,hitting a total of 35 free throws. The later part of the secondhalf showed Montana State’s fatigue as they threw up sloppyshots and committed a number of fouls. Luckily the Eagles continuedto shine, ending the game with a victory for a score of 80-75.
As a young team this year, the Eagleshave had to adjust. “We are running a lot of differentoffenses and things are finally starting to click for this team. Weare learning how each other plays,” said Schuller. It isobvious that their team dynamics are improving as the Eagles’record now stands at 11-8 overall. “At this point in theseason we are trying to make things more fun, to be morecompetitive and run fewer basic drills in practice. We are tryingto avoid making things monotonous,” said Schuller.
Schuller’s approach to the next few games isto “take them one at a time.” The Eagles will behosting number one team Montana, on Sat. Feb 7. at 7:05 pm.