Knights Edge Geoducks: 35% shooting proves lethal for Evergreen

February 21, 2003

by Devin Jones

Olympia, WA - In one of their better games of the season, the women's basketball team at The Evergreen State College dropped a heartbreaker to the Warner Pacific Knights on Friday night, 75-70.

The long awaited return of Geoduck guard Shiante Reed had the Geoducks excited and ready to play. Reed had been out for an extended period of time due to an ankle injury and was dying to get back on the floor.

Evergreen was down early, but definitely not out. Simple sighs from the crowd might have insinuated that the Geoducks were out of the game, with no chance for a comeback. That was not the case.

The Geoducks kept their composure, not allowing the Knights to make a run to break the game wide open. By the end of the first half, Evergreen had cut the Knights lead to five, trailing 37-32.

The second half was a fight. The teams went back and forth, exchanging basket for basket. Unfortunately the Geoducks were unable to overcome the five point first half deficit.

The two teams scored 38 points a piece in the second half, giving the Knights the five-point victory.

If it wasn't for the mediocre shooting by Evergreen, the Geoducks may have very well blown the Knights away with a convincing victory.

Evergreen shot a mere 35% (24-67) from the field, including 34% (9-26) from the three-point line. Evergreen took nine more shots than the Knights, however, Warner Pacific scored more baskets.

Evergreen also put together one of their best rebounding performances of the season, losing the battle on the boards by only three, 41-38. But the Geoducks dominated the offensive glass, tearing down 19 boards to the Knights 12.

Shawna Sipp led the Knights (who shot 48% from the field, including 60% from beyond the arc) with 27 points on 10-19 shooting. Sipp also had a game high nine rebounds.

Joy Best chipped in 15 points (6-8) for Warner Pacific, while Jillian Zeilser added 11 (4-12) and Michelle Roosa knocked down 10 (4-7).

Zeilser also had a game high nine rebounds, while Roosa grabbed eight, and Best dished out a team high three assists.

Evergreen's Sara Wallman (Elma, WA/ Elma HS) led the Geoducks with 21 points on 7-15 shooting, including 3-4 from downtown. Wallman also grabbed six rebounds, and had two assists.

Karen Cale (Tumwater, WA/ Black Hills HS) added 13 points (5-11), and grabbed eight boards, all on the offensive end, while Alicia Riddle (Portland, OR/ Polytechnic HS) added 12 points (4-14) and dished out a game high seven assists.

In her long anticipated return Shiante Reed (Tacoma, WA/ Foss HS) chipped in 12 points for the Geoducks on 4-12 shooting.

Senior Toni Jones (Rock Springs, WY/ Rock Springs HS) added nine points for the Geoducks and grabbed eight rebounds in the losing effort.

Evergreen will host Cascade College tomorrow, February 22, at 8:00 p.m. The game will be the last game of the 2002-03 regular season.

There will be a pre-game presentation to honor the Geoducks seniors for this season, Courtney Brandon, Toni Jones, and Danyeil Woods.