Evergreen Women Beat Albertson for the first time in school history

Evergreen vs. Albertson College Coyotes

January 23, 2004

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - A 57-55 victory by The Evergreen State College Women's Basketball team over the visiting Albertson College Coyotes (5-4 Cascade Conference,
7-9 Overall) clearly says that the 2003-04 Geoducks are for real.

The win was Evergreen's first ever against Albertson, who before tonight had an eleven-game winning streak against the Geoducks, dating back to January 1999.

"Wow. That felt good," said head women's coach Monica Heuer, sitting on the coach in her office after the game, trying to unwind. "We were down by 12 at half time and came back and beat them."

For Evergreen, tonight's first half had similar feel to the first half of the Evergreen - Albertson game on December 18th in Caldwell, Idaho. The Coyotes were shooting 54% from field goal range, compared to Evergreen's 25%, and had gained a 10-rebound advantage by the mid-game break. At times in the first twenty minutes Albertson extended their lead to as many a 18-points, threatening to put the game out of reach. "Stephanie turned the tide for us in the second half," Coach Heuer explained.

With twelve minutes to go in the second half, the substitution of junior transfer Stephanie MacDuff (Lakewood, WA /Lakes HS) gave Evergreen the speed to implement their full court press and rattle Albertson's guards.

Evergreen converted Albertson's 15 turnovers into 20 easy points.

On the other end of the floor, Evergreen committed a season low 10 turnovers.

For the third game in a row, the demise of Evergreen opponents was three point shooting. In the second half Albertson shot 0-for-4 from behind the arc, while Evergreen drained 3 of their 10 long range shots.

For the eleventh time this season, senior shooting guard Kristen Zompetti (Seattle, WA/Kennedy H.S.) was the team high scorer, with 13 points.

Six of senior point guard Alicia Riddle's (Portland, OR/Benson Polytechnic HS) 11-points came in the second half. But her most valuable contribution in this game came at the free throw line. With 1:00 to play she stepped to the line and drained both attempts, giving Evergreen a three point lead that Albertson could not erase. Also in double figures was senior forward Christine Pendergrass (Lakewood, WA/Lakes HS). Tonight she played against one of biggest front lines she has seen all year and answered the challenge with an 11-point, 4-rebound and 1 block shot game.

Leading rebounder for Evergreen was junior forward Heather Hyde (Olympia, WA/Center HS). Her 11 boards, the sixth time this season she has had double digits rebounds, came from 7 offensive rebounds and 4 defensive rebounds.

Tomorrow night (Sat.) Evergreen will host the Cascade Conference leading Easter Oregon Mountaineers (7-1 CCC, 13-2 Ovr.). Tip-off in The Greenhouse will be at 5:30 p.m.

The question is, can Evergreen knock off yet another first place team?