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Eagles Women’s Basketball Wins Third Game In A Row

31 October 2017  
Eagles sophomore guard Jenna Knudson dribbles the ball up the court during a game against Ottawa University on Monday, October 30th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Eagles Women's Basketball Holds Ottawa University to Eight Field Goals, Remains Undefeated to Start Season

PRESCOTT- The Embry Riddle Eagles women’s basketball team held the Ottawa University Spirit to a 14.8% field goal percentage to win 71-39 on Monday night, October 30th, and remain undefeated to start their second campaign as a program.

“Our game plan was to shut down their shooters, take care of the ball, go out there and play really hard,” said Eagles senior guard Kylee Reibel. “As they attacked, we made sure we were in the gaps, made sure we stopped them.”

The Eagles started the game blazing on both sides of the court. Along with scoring 23 points in the first quarter, the team also held Ottawa University without a field goal. The Spirit’s only points came on eight successful free throws.

This trend continued throughout the game as the Eagles proceeded to only allow two field goals in the second and fourth quarter while allowing four field goals in the third quarter.

23 of the Spirit’s 39 points in the game came on free throws.

“I thought we played really, really well defensively tonight,” Eagles Head Coach Becky Burke said. “We put them on the free throw line a bit too much, but overall they followed the game plan.”

While taking care of businesses on the defense, the girls continued to dominate on offense throughout the game until the final buzzer. The Eagles scored 13 points in the second quarter but finished with 18 points in the third quarter and 17 points in the fourth quarter.

“My message was to play hard for forty minutes and I think they did that,” Burke said. “We need forty minutes of effort. The score doesn’t matter to us, we want to come down every opportunity we get and execute to the best of our ability.”

After going 14-12 during the inaugural campaign last season, the Eagles women’s basketball team has built upon the success of last year and are now 3-0 to start the program’s sophomore season.

“Last year we were still trying to get to know each other,” Reibel said. “This year, we know who does what.”

Throughout last season, Burke and the coaching staff built the Embry Riddle way both in mentality and the playbook. This year, with a roster made of predominantly sophomores who played last season, the Eagles have hit the ground running.

“We were able to start a few miles ahead of where we were able to start last year as far as our system, what we want to preach, our fundamentals, “Burke said. “They know what to expect, they’ve been here, they are buying in…everybody is more comfortable.”

Embry Riddle (3-0, 0-0 CAL-PAC) hits the road for a matchup against Whittier College on Friday, November 3rd, at 7:00 pm.