Eastern Oregon breaks Evergreen's winning streak

January 24, 2004

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - Reality made has house call on The Evergreen State College Women's Basketball team in the form of the Eastern Oregon Mountaineer (9-1 Cascade Conference, 15-2 Overall), the current #1 team in the Cascade Conference. The message that the Mountaineer left the Geoducks was that if you want to beat a contender you have to bring to your best game to the gym every night.

Tonight in The Greenhouse, home court of the Geoducks, Evergreen struggled in the first half, scoring only 18-point, their second lowest first half output of the season, and lost to Eastern Oregon, 63-53. The loss snapped Evergreen's three game winning streak, the longest in school history, and left resting in 6th place in the Cascade Conference standings.

Senior Kristen Zompetti (Seattle, WA/Kennedy HS) was the only Evergreen player to score in double figures. Her 15-points was a game high.

Freshman Jenny Olson (Loon Lake, WA/Deer Park HS) also had a good game. Her career best performance came in the paint, as she pulled down a season record 14 rebounds, 6 offensive and 8 defensive.

At half time, trailing 28-18, Evergreen made the necessary adjustment, improving their field goal shooting from 22% (7-for-32) to 38% (11-for-29), and pulling their three point shooting up to 53% (10-for-19) from 21% (3-for-14). The marked improvements enabled Evergreen play ever with Eastern Oregon in the 2nd half, as both teams scored 35 points. What it failed to do was make up the 10 points lost in the 1st half.

Putting asides tonight's setback, Evergreen finds themselves in a good position heading into a road trip next week. Friday (Jan. 30) they will be in Ashland, Ore., to play Southern Oregon. Saturday (Jan. 31) you can catch them in Klamath Falls, Ore., playing Oregon Tech.

A win at Southern Oregon, who Evergreen beat at home Jan. 3rd, would increase the distance between the Geoducks and the Raiders, who currently reside 1 1/2 games behind Evergreen.

A win at Oregon Tech. would move Evergreen up the conference standings.