Pullman, WA – Jade Redmon sliced through the defense and sank a layup with .4 seconds left to send Eastern Washington past Washington State in a wild, back-and-forth contest. The Eagles (21-11) will face Pacific or Sacramento State in Round 2.
WSU’s Lia Galdeira scored eight straight points to put the Cougars up, 53-52, with 9:10 to go. The game stayed tight the rest of the way; Delaney Hodgins’ layup gave EWU a 65-64 lead with 45 seconds to go, and Galdeira’s free throw with 29 seconds tied it again. On the last play, Eastern Washington held the ball and drained the clock before Redmon drove to the rim.
The first half saw both teams enjoying long scoring runs, only to have the opposition respond – a fitting development for the two school that sit just 67 miles away from each other. WSU ran off to a 9-0 lead, and Eastern Washington followed with a burst to take an 18-15 lead. The Eagles kept the momentum with an 11-2 run, but the Cougars scored the final 10 points of the half to cut their deficit to 39-35.
Lexie Nelson had 19 points for the Eagles; Redmon closed with 15 points and five rebounds. Galdeira rang up 31 points for WSU (17-15); Mariah Cooks added 15 points and 10 rebounds.