EWU Basketball Makes History

March 4, 2024

Story Updated on March 12

EWU’s Women’s Basketball team defeated Montana State 56-39 on Tuesday at the Big Sky Women’s Basketball Championships. The Eagles will play in the tournament finals tomorrow.

The Eastern Eagles held the Montana State Bobcats to 25.9 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers, according to a story on GoEags.com. The article went on to report that the team had a season-high seven blocks in the game and that Jacinta Buckley led the team with 16 points, and Jamie Loera supported with 12 points.


Story Updated on March 11

The EWU Women’s Basketball team secured a win in the second round of competition at the Big Sky Women’s Basketball Championships. The Eagles won by a score of 71-58 over Weber State. (Read a recap of the game on the Big Sky Conference website.)

EWU outscored Weber State 24-12 in the final quarter. League MVP, Jamie Loera, scored 14 points and had 8 assists. Four other Eagles also scored in double figures. EWU will advance to the semifinal round and compete against the winner of the Montana State versus Northern Colorado at noon on Tuesday, March 12.

EWU’s Men’s Basketball lost to the Sacramento State Hornets, 69-74, during Sunday’s quarterfinal round of the Big Sky Tournament. (Read a recap of the game at GoEags.Com.)


Original Story published on March 4

Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s basketball teams have each clinched Big Sky Conference regular season titles — the first time the men’s and women’s teams have simultaneously won regular season championships.

Both teams will be headed to Boise, Idaho as top seeds for the 2024 Big Sky men’s and women’s championship tournaments, March 9-13. Tournament champions will receive automatic berths to the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship.

The Eagle men secured their title — the team’s second consecutive regular-season championship — by defeating the University of Montana Grizzlies at Reese Court on Feb. 29. It was their sixth regular-season Big Sky championship, and their third in the last five seasons. (Read a recap of the game at GoEags.com.)

After closing out the season with a victory on the road against the Sacramento State Hornets, the men’s team finished the regular season with a 15-3 conference record (21-10 overall). EWU’s first Big Sky tournament game is scheduled for Sunday, March 10. They will play the winner of the March 9 matchup between Sacramento State and the University of Idaho.

The Eagle women’s team clinched their share of the regular-season title on March 2, after guard Jamie Loera put up a dramatic buzzer-beater against the Montana State Bobcats.

Loera, who is majoring in organizational leadership, had a game-high 15 points with eight assists, according to coverage on GoEags.com. (Read more here.) The women’s team went on to close out their regular season — and clinch the conference title outright — with a win against Sacramento State at Reese Court on Monday. It was their tenth straight victory.

The Eagle women finished the regular season with a 16-2 record in Big Sky Conference play, 26-5 overall. The team will also begin its postseason on March 10 in Boise, playing the winner of the Weber State versus Portland State game that is scheduled for March 9.