Women equal school record for most wins in a season
January 16, 2004
by James J. Portune
Olympia, WA - For five season the women's basketball record for most wins in a single season has been 5, set by the 1998-99 team coached by Rick Harden.
Tonight, the 2003-04 Women's Basketball team, under Coach Monica & Mychael Heuer, put their stamp on the program by equaling the record, with a 71-65 win over the visiting Northwest College Eagles (6-2 Cascade Conference, 10-9 Overall).
Evergreen's (3-5 CCC, 5-16 Overall) win over the previous #1 team in the Cascade Conference was a well orchestrated attack that kept the Eagles on their heels for the entire contest.
Freshman Jenny Olson (Loon Lake, WA/Deer Park HS) lead all scorer with 28-points and was one of two Evergreen players with a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds.
Senior Christine Pendergrass' (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes H.S.) 10-points, 11 rebounds and 3-block shots were the numbers that Coach Mychael Heuer needed to counted the play of the #1 scorer in the conference, Northwest's Jennifer DeYoung.
DeYoung, who averages 19.8 point and 10.3 rebounds per game, was limited to 16-points and 9 rebounds by Evergreen's defense.
Much like the game against Oregon Tech, earlier in the month, Evergreen kept Northwest in check by heavily defending the three point shot. The only three pointer the Eagles, on 18 attempts, made was in the second half.
Even though Northwest outrebounded the Geoducks, 62-42, Evergreen limited the number of easy Eagle baskets by only turning the ball over 11 times, compared to Northwest 16 turnovers.
With the win, Evergreen moves up a spot in the Cascade Conference standings, into seventh place. This is crucial for any post-season aspiration that the team has, since the top eight teams are invited to the tournament. Coach Heuer to-date has not taken an Evergreen team to the Cascade Conference post-season tournament.
Next up for the Geoducks is Cascade College (1-6 CCC, 1-15 Ovr), who earned their first win of the season tonight against Concordia. Tuesday's (Jan. 20) game at Evergreen, will be the third game in this five-game home stand. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.