Evergreen turns the game over to Central Washington in the first half
December 13, 2003
by James J. Portun
Olympia, WA - Not since 1998, the second year of The Evergreen State College Women's basketball program, have the Geoducks (0-0 Cascade Conference, 1-11 Overall) and the Central Washington Wildcats (0-1 Great Northwest Conference, 3-3 Overall) played each other. And, for the fourth consecutive time Central Washington emerged the victor, this time by a score of 68-55.
Central capitalized on twenty Evergreen turnovers in the first half to take an 11-point lead, 32-21, by the intermission.
Both teams had to find their points inside of the three point line during the first 20- minutes of action, as Evergreen went 1-for-8 (12%) behind the arc and the Wildcats shot 1-for-12 (8%).
In the second half Evergreen found their range, made 6-of-11 (54%) three point baskets, and played even with Central.
Ten fewer turnovers on Evergreen's part gave them six more shots in the second half, compared to the first half.
Central, who through the first six games this season has made 31% of the three point attempts, continued to be ice cold. Eleven attempts in the second half resulted in only one three point basket, equaling their first half tally.
Good news for Coach Monica Heuer, Evergreen head women's basketball coach, though, senior Kristin Zompetti (Seattle, WA/Kennedy HS) had her third twenty-point game of the season. Twelve of her game high 20 points came from behind the three-point arc, six came from within the paint, and two from the free throw line, where she was a perfect 2-for-2.
Unfortunately, no other Evergreen player could put double digit points in the book. Freshman Jenny Olson (Loom Lake, WA/Deer Park HS) came closest with 8-points.
Junior transfer Heather Hyde (Olympia, WA/Central HS) was able to make her presence felt in the paint with 11 rebounds, 1 offensive and 10 defensive.
Six-foot-three-inch freshman Laura Wright was the dominate player of the game, with 20 points and 13 rebounds for Central.
This coming Wednesday (Dec. 17) the Geoducks begin conference action on the road. The first stop is La Grande, OR, as Evergreen takes on Eastern Oregon. Thursday, they will be in Albertson College. Both games have a 5:30 p.m. start time.