All-NWAACC Heather Hyde and Stephanie MacDuff will be Geoducks in 2003-04

March 04, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - The Evergreen State College Women's Basketball program announced last week the addition of two new players for the upcoming 2003-04 season. Heather Hyde (5'9", Center HS, Sacramento, Calif) and Stephanie MacDuff (5'5", Lakes HS, Tacoma, WA) both started last season for the Tacoma Community College Titans (22-7), winners of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Western Division and 6th place finishers in the NWAACC tournament.

"We were very impressed with the coach and the girls during our visits," explained Heather and Stephanie, virtually simultaneously. "They made us feel welcome, as though this was already our home."

Averaging 13 point and 6 rebounds per game Hyde was named to the NWAACC Western Division Second Team All-Star. MacDuff, averaged 11.6 points per game for Tacoma and shot better than 40% from behind the three-point arc.

"Both girls will continue the building process here a Evergreen," said head coach Monica Heuer, entering her third season. "Heather can drive and reads defensives very well. Stephanie is a hard nose defensive player and should fill the void created with the graduation of Toni Jones."

Friends since they both attended Mann Jr. High School in Lakewood, Wash., Hyde and MacDuff were reunited again as teammate at Tacoma Community College. Prior to high school Hyde's father, a Lt. Colonel in the US Army, was reassigned to California, where she earned 2nd Team All-Conference honors at Center High School in Sacrament, Calif. MacDuff stayed in the Puget Sound area and played her high school basketball at Lakes, Tacoma, Wash. . At Evergreen MacDuff area of focus will be 'Health & Fitness' and Hyde intends to be an elementary school teacher.

"I have been watching these girls play for the last two years," added coach Heuer. "It is finally good to have them in our gym and a part of our program."