Point guard Alicia Riddle record second double-double of the season

January 19, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - The spark for The Evergreen State College Women's basketball teams third win of the season came from freshman Sara Whitney (Olympia, WA/ Olympia HS

Half way through the first half, with both teams struggling offensively, Whitney hit two-of-three three point shots and four long range jumpers to ignite a Geoduck run that gave them a 43-29 half time score.

In the second half, Evergreen (2-17 ovrll, 0-8 conf) and visiting Walla Walla College (1-14 overall) played even, which resulted in a Geoduck 70-55 non-conference win, as the Wolves were not able to make up the first half deficit.

"Sarahad a great game today," said Evergreen head coach Monica Heuer. "She hit the shot on the weakside that we needed."

The other key to Evergreen's victory where Walla Walla turnover, twenty-four total. If the Geoducks were not overplaying the passing lanes or stealing the ball off the dribble, Walla Walla was throwing the ball away or being called for traveling.

With starters Shiante Reed(Tacoma, WA/Foss HS) recovering from an ankle injury, expected back the first of February, Dodie McCallum(Elma, WA/ Elma HS) out for the season with a broken leg, and Sara Wallman (Elma, WA/ Elma HS) not playing on Sunday for religious reason, the Geoducks had to find their offensive from other sources. Along with Whitney, Alicia Riddle (Portland, OR/ Benson Polytechnic HS) and Toni Jones (Rocky Springs, WY/ Rocky Springs HS) both stepped up.

For the season Riddleis averaging 11 points and 3 assists a game. Today she contributed 17 points and 11 assists, her second double-double of the season.

Junior college transfer Jonesproduced a game/season high 18 points. Through thirteen games game, Jonesis averaging 8.3 point per game.

"We executed a lot better today," Heueradded. "It has been one of our team goals all season and today we achieved the goal."

A dichotomy of the game was that Walla Walla shot better from the field, from three point range, and from the free throw line that Evergreen. The Geoducks outscored the Wolves by fifteen points simple because they had twenty-three more shot attempts.

The next week will be a grind for Evergreen. Tuesday they travel to Portland, Ore. to take on Cascade. Friday they will board the charter bus to play Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls, followed by Southern Oregon in Ashland, Ore., on Saturday.
Evergreen will be at home again Jan 31 & Feb 1 to host Eastern Oregon and Albertson respectively.