A record tying 21 rebounds by Christine Pendergrass is not enough for Evergreen to beat Western Baptist
February 7, 2004
by James J. Portune
Olympia, WA - Tonight, a battle was fought in The Greenhouse, home of The Evergreen State College Women's Basketball team, between the visiting Western Baptist Warriors and the Geoducks.
In the end it was the Warriors (7-7 Cascade Conference, 13-11 Overall) who emerged with a 56-55 victory, following three consecutive unsuccessful field goal attempts by Evergreen (7-8 CCC, 9-19 Ovr.) in the final seconds of the game.
Big performances were the trademark of this contest, as Western Baptist's Lindsy Brownell lead all scorers with 17-points. Toran Lundgren and Cassie Llewellyn each had double-digit scoring and double-digit rebounding games for the Warrriors.
Evergreen's attacks was spread out amongst four players. Senior Kristen Zompetti (Seattle, WA/Highline CC) lead the Geoducks with 15-points and Alicia Riddle (Portland, OR/Cascade College) chipped in 13-points. Junior Heather Hyde (Olympia, WA/Central HS) lead Evergreen's rebounding effort with 11 rebounds.
But the talk following the game was all about senior forward Christine Pendergrass (Lakewood, WA/South Puget Sound CC). For the second night in a row she scored in double figures, tonight it was a 12-point performance. Along with that she grabbed 21-rebounds, 10 offensive and 11 defensive, tying the school record set by Linnaea Jablonski, December 05, 2000.
The win leaped-frogged Western Baptist back over Evergreen into 5th place and Evergreen slide down into 6th, the position the Warriors held prior to the game after losing last night at Northwest and Evergreen beating Concordia.
Evergreen will take to the road next week to play a single conference game in Kirkland, Wash., against the Northwest Eagles on Friday (Jan. 13).
With a 10-5 conference record, Northwest is in the coveted 4th spot, the position that Evergreen needs to be in at the end of the season in order to host a 1st round Cascade Conference post-season tournament game.
Friday nights game in Kirkland, WA, will start at 5:30 p.m.