Turnovers destroy Evergreen's chances

February 8, 2003

by Devin Jones

Salem, OR - The more turnovers you have in a game, the less chance you have to win. On Saturday the Geoducks surrendered the ball back to the Western Baptist Warriors 29 times en-route to a 22-point loss 69-47.

From the tip-off it didn't look good for the women's basketball team at Evergreen (0-15 conference, 3-24 overall) as the Warriors (7-7 conference, 11-13 overall) jumped out to an early double digit lead.

The Warrior defense held the Geoducks to just 30% shooting in the first half, as Evergreen converted only 8 of 26 field goal attempts.

On the other hand, the Warriors knocked down 57% (16-28) of their tries and built a comfortable 37-17 point lead by halftime.

During the second half, Evergreen stepped up their game, playing relatively even with the Warriors, but based on the Geoducks' first half performance it had little effect on the outcome.

For the game, Western Baptist had 23 turnovers of their own. Unfortunately, Evergreen was unable capitalize on the Warriors mistake the way Western capitalized on Evergreen's.

Evergreen shot 35% from the field for the game going 18-51, while the Warriors knocked down 28 of their 51 attempts for 54%. Western Baptist had only one player in double figures for the game. Lindsay Hinkle scored a game high 20 points on 7-10 shooting, including 5-8 from three-point range.

Erin Plotts (4-4) and Tati Gallardo (4-5) each chipped in nine points and Amber Matthews (4-6) added eight in the victory for the Warriors.

Toni Jones (Rock Springs, WY/ Rock Springs HS) led the Geoducks with 12 points on 6-10 shooting, while Alicia Riddle (Portland, OR/ Polytechnic HS) added 11 points (4-13), to go along with 11 turnovers.

Karen Cale (Tumwater, WA/ Black Hills HS) chipped in 10 points in the loss (4-8). Jones and Cale each had three rebounds for the game.

Evergreen will have a week off before their next game when they face Northwest College on Friday, February 14. That game will kick off a three-game home stand to close the season for the Geoducks.

Evergreen's last two games will take place the following weekend on February 21 and 22, when they face Warner Pacific and Cascade College. Tip-off for all games will be at 6:00 p.m.