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Geoducks Grab Season's First Win

November 12, 2004

Olympia, WA - The Evergreen State College women's basketball rebounded from a rough opening weekend to down the visiting Simpson University Vanguards 69-37 in both team's opening game of the King Oscar basketball tournament. Sophomore Jenny Olson led the Geoducks with 16 points while sophomore guard Ashley Miller chipped in 12 more.

The Geoducks were much improved from the opening weekend on both sides of the ball. Evergreen had 22 steals on the night and forced a total of 33 turnovers by the Vanguards. But the biggest change was the team's decisiveness going to the basket.

Said head coach Monica Heuer," I wasn't concerned with what our opponent did or didn't do. What mattered to me was that we do the things we worked on in practice this week. I feel pretty good about how the team executed tonight."

Unlike a week ago, Evergreen showed no hesitation in running their offense. Dalia Gomez and Heather Hyde combined for 13 assists as their Evergreen teammates made strong moves to the basket all evening. Senior forward Leslie Jacobson provided a solid inside presence for Evergreen as she recorded nine points and eight rebounds.

Hanna Journey and Nicole Hall scored 30 of Simpson's 37 points, and the Vanguards nearly matched the Geoducks in total rebounds trailing 40-44.

Northwest Downs Westmont

The opening game of the King Oscar tournament saw Northwest University down Westmont College 62-55 in a game that was tight the whole way. Westmont was within two points in the final minute of the game but had several critical turnovers to dash their chance at a comeback.

Westmont's Meghan O'Donogue led all scorers with 18 points while Cassie Snyder led Northwest with 16 and Sierra Tornga added 14.

The four teams will play again tomorrow night as Northwest faces Simpson at 5:30 and Evergreen takes on Westmont at 7:30.