Missed free throws hurt Geoducks chances

January 14, 2003

by Devin Jones

Portland, OR - Early Tuesday night it looked like the Geoducks were on their way to their first conference victory of the season.

Unfortunately, Evergreen (0-7 conference, 2-16 overall) fell behind to the Warner Pacific Knights (2-4 conference, 4-14 overall) in the first half and their late second half charge was not enough as the Geoducks lost 77-75.

Evergreen led 6-2 three minutes after tip-off, but the Geoducks scored only four points over the next seven minutes, falling behind 19-10. The Geoducks were then able to run off seven points in a row.

However, they were unable to knock down their free throws and unable to keep the Knights of the offensive glass, lead to an eight point deficit at halftime, 38-30.

Warner Pacific built a 12-point lead early in the second half, but thanks to the offensive presence of Toni Jones (Rock Springs, WY/ Rock Springs HS) and Alicia Riddle (Portland, OR/ Polytechnic HS), who each scored 11 second half points, the Geoducks were able to battle back. Evergreen tied the game 63-63 with nearly five minutes remaining.

Evergreen's comeback fell short, unable to break the tie, the Geoducks dropped their seventh straight conference battle. Warner Pacific's attack on the boards led to a 41-28 advantage for the game. Twenty of the rebounds were grabbed on the offensive end for the Knights.

Evergreen may have been able to come away with the victory, but could not capitalize on the opportunity at the free throw line. The Geoducks shot only 54% from the line, converting on 17 of 31 attempts.

Aurora Walsh who scored 17 points on 5-12 shooting led Warner Pacific. Walsh also grabbed nine boards for the game.

Shawn Damon had 16 points (7-15) and had a game high four blocks before fouling out with over seven minutes remaining to play. Angie Sun and Joy Best also scored in double digits for the Knights. Sun contributed 15 points (4-10) and Best chipped in 12 (3-7) to go along with five assists.

The Geoducks leading scorer was Riddle who ended the game with 19 points (8-18), while dishing out a game high nine assists.

Jones chipped in 13 points (4-7) and grabbed four rebounds for the Geoducks, and Sarah Wallman (Elma, WA/ Elma HS) added 11 (4-7) to go along with four assists.

Evergreen will continue their quest for their first conference victory on Friday, January 17, when they travel to Kirkland, Washington, to face Northwest College. Game time is at 6:00 p.m.