Geoducks can find no rhythm against OIT

December 18, 2002

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - The new Cascade Conference format of back-to-back games is a wise decision financially but for teams who have to rely on speed, like Evergreen's State Women's Basketball team, double headers can be torture.

Wednesday night the Geoducks played host to first year program Oregon Tech and struggled to a 36-56 loss, their second consecutive conference loss, tenth of the year.

"We could not find any rhythm tonight," explained Evergreen head coach Monica Heuer. "Everyone was going way too fast."

Although Evergreen had a higher shooting percentage (40%) to OIT 37% in the first half, they took thirteen less shots while pulling down only four offensive rebounds to Oregon Tech fourteen. That alone explained the thirteen point deficit, 35-22, the Geoducks found themselves in at half time.

In the second half Evergreen's offense fell apart, missing all eight of their three point attempts, hitting 6-of-30 shots from the field, and converting 33% of their free throws.

Bright spots for the Geoducks were Shiante Reed's (Tacoma, WA/Foss HS) 11 points and freshman Karen Cale (Tumwater, WA/Black Hills HS) first ten rebound night.

"Tonight was a different loss from Tuesday night," said coach Heuer. "We have not found a consistent scorer yet and it is hurting us."

Returning to the line-up tonight following was junior transfer Danyeil Woods (Detroit, MI/River Ridge HS), who missed the last seven games due to an ankle injury.

"Having Woods backs should help us find some consistency in our scoring," Heuer added.

One game remains of the schedule for the women's team (Saturday, Jan 21st, in Portland, Ore, against Lewis & Clark College) before Christmas break.

The team will start the new year on the road at Albertson College (Jan 3), Eastern Oregon (Jan 4), and Walla Walla College (Jan 6). Friday (Jan 10) against Western Baptist is the next time you can catch a women's game at Evergreen State College.