Nicole Brown scores 41 points in victory for Cascade

January 21, 2003

by Devin Jones

Portland, OR - Evergreen's women's basketball team was unable to stop the offensive attack from the Cascade College Thunderbirds on Tuesday night, resulting in an 86-48 blowout.

The Geoducks held one lead all game...3-0, and that's about as good as it got for Evergreen. The Thunderbirds, up 7-5 with just four minutes gone by in the game, went on a 21-10 run and Evergreen went on a seven minute scoring drought.

Down by 13, Evergreen was able to knock down a few shots and eventually cut the lead to under 10 just before halftime, 36-27.

During the second half, the Geoducks buried themselves, and the Thunderbirds rolled, outscoring Evergreen 50-21, and dominating every statistical Cascade a 38 point victory.

Cascade shot a better percentage from the field (51% to 34%), including from behind the three-point line (26% to 18%) and from the free throw line (71% to 52%).

They also outrebounded the Geoducks (44-27), had more assists (16 to 11), less turnovers (18 to 25), more blocks (10 to 0), and more steals (17 to 7).

The biggest problem for Evergreen was Cascade's Nicole Brown. Brown led all scorers with 41 points on 16-2 shooting, using her amazing athleticism to dominate the offensive end.

Marquetta Pruitt and Silver Pierce each had a double-double for the Thunderbirds on the night. Pruitt scored 12 points (5-11) and grabbed a game high 12 rebounds, all while blocking seven Geoduck shots. Pierce added 10 points (3-10) and dished out a game high 11 assists and also had a game high eight steals.

Ruby Buckley chipped in 10 points for Cascade, going a perfect 4-4 from the field, and also had eight boards in the win.

Evergreen's Karen Cale (Tumwater, WA/ Black Hills HS) also had a double-double, scoring a team high 18 points on 5-8 shooting and grabbing a team high 10 rebounds.

Toni Jones (Rock Springs, WY/ Rock Springs HS) and Alicia Riddle (Portland, OR/ Polytechnic HS) each added 10 points, with Jones going 3-7 and Riddle shooting 4-11 from the field. Unfortunately, the two combined for 16 turnovers in the loss.

The Geoducks will have a tough road trip ahead this weekend as they travel to Klamath Falls to face Oregon Tech, and then head to Ashland to compete with Southern Oregon. Both games will begin at 6:00 p.m.