Evergreen Defeats PLU 61-56 victory Geoducks win third game in a row; sit third in conference

December 11, 2004

Tacoma, WA - The Evergreen State College Geoducks opened up a 25 point lead over the PLU Lutes Saturday in the final game of PLU's Winter Classic women's basketball tournament, then held on to win 61-53. Evergreen held the Lutes to 39.3 percent shooting in the first half, while shooting over 46 percent themselves to gain a 31-22 half time lead.

The Geoducks scored the final seven points of the half and carried that momentum into the second period which saw the Evergreen lead grow to 25 points, 52-27, with 11:41 remaining.

But the Lutes turned the tide and began patiently chipping away at the margin. With 1:35 left, a jump shot by Aundi Kustura found its mark and the lead was down to two points, 58-56.

Dalia Gomez made the second of two free throws with 1:15 remaining, and after a PLU turnover Kamrica Ary-Turner connected on another free throw with 28 seconds remaining. Ary-Turner missed the second attempt, but Gomez snatched the offensive rebound, was fouled, and made one-of-two free throws for the final five point margin.

Heather Hyde led Evergreen with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ary-Turner chipped in 15 points, and Gomez and Jenny Olson both contributed 12.

Kustura scored 17 points and Kezia Long had 13 points and 6 rebounds to pace the Lutes. Rachel Shillinger also pulled down 6 rebounds, while Kustura and Kelly Turner both recorded 4 assists.
Gomez was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, and along with Olson, Kustura, Turner, Brandi Loring of Linfield and Samantha Gilbert of Oregon Tech comprised the all-tournament team.

The win over PLU was Evergreen's third in a row, taking them to 4-4. The Geoducks are in third place in the Cascade Collegiate Conference with one game remaining versus Western Washington before conference play begins. The Geoducks will travel to meet the Vikings December 13th then return home to face Eastern Oregon on Friday at 5:30 p.m.