Evergreen opens the season with a 51-64 loss to Notre Dame

November 7, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - The Evergreen State College Women's Basketball teamkicked off the 2003-04 season in the opening night marquee game of the King Oscar Women's Basketball Classic.

From the opening tip, Evergreen's opponent, Notre Dame de Namur (1-0 Overall), controlled the game and handed Geoducks (0-0 Cascade Conference, 0-1 Overall) their first defeat of the season, 64-51.

Evergreen leading scorer tonight was not a returning player from last year's team. But, junior Kristen Zompetti (Seattle, Wash./Kennedy H.S.) did wear Evergreen green & white two years ago and came off the bench to score thirteen points, shot 4 for 5, hitting 2 of 3 from behind the three point arc and made all three of her free throw attempts.

Following close behind Zompetti in scoring was senior Shiante Reed (Tacoma, Wash./Foss H.S.). Her eleven points came from 5 field goals and 1 three-point basket.

The different between this year's team and last season squad can be found down low in the paint. Junior transfer Heather Hyde (Olympia, Wash./Center H.S.) had a game high 10 rebounds, 4 offensive and 6 defensive. Last season head coach Monica Heuer did not get a double digit rebounding performance from one of her players until the eleventh game of the season.

Freshman Jenny Olson (Loon Lake, Wash./Deer Park H.S.) also played well in the post. She completed her first college game with 7 points and 6 rebounds.

Discounting opening night jitters, Evergreen's scoring slumps tonight may have been caused by uncertainty at the point guard spots. All throughout the evening, senior Alicia Riddle (Portland, Ore./Benson Polytechnic H.S.), junior transfers Stephanie MacDuff (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes H.S.) and Shakira Rule (Sacramento, Calif./Natomas H.S.) shared the ball-handling duties. Subsequently, the Geoducks committed twenty-one turnovers.

Day two of the King Oscar Women's Basketball Classic gets underway at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) evening. Azusa Pacific, winners of today's 5:30 game, will play Notre Dame de Namur at 5:30 p.m.. At 7:30 p.m., Evergreen will play Westminster