CHENEY -- The Eastern Washington women's basketball team fell to Northern Colorado 69-59 on Thursday at Reese Court.
With the loss, Eastern dropped to 8-12 on the season and 4-4 in Big Sky action, while Northern Colorado extended its league-leading record to 8-1.
Although Eastern hit only 9-of-37 (.243) shots in the first half, they still managed to keep it close on the defensive end. UNC hit just six shots in the first 14 minutes of play, but then made seven of its next 12 to earn a 31-22 advantage before heading into the locker room.
Eastern's field goal percentage improved dramatically in the second half, from 24 to 42 percent, but it wasn't enough to make up for their first half effort.
"The bottom line is, we missed a lot of shots," said EWU head coach Wendy Schuller. "You are not going to win games shooting 33 percent."
Freshman guard Chenise Pakootas, who normally comes off the bench, earned a starting nod for Eastern, and contributed seven points and a team-leading five assists in her 30 minutes on the floor.
Fellow freshmen Aubrey Ashenfelter played 24 minutes, finishing with a career-high 12 points.
Julie Piper was Eastern's leading scorer with 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting. She also hauled in six rebounds.
The Eagles will be back in action on Saturday when they host Idaho State at 2:05pm on Reese Court.