First Conference Game Slips Away From Geoducks

December 17, 2004

Olympia, WA - In last night's Cascade Collegiate Conference opener, the Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers escaped from the campus of The Evergreen State College with a five point win over the Geoducks.

Evergreen started the night slowly shooting 28 percent in the first half as the Mountaineers built a 29-19 halftime lead. Jenny Olson led the Geoducks with eight first-half points. But her effort was nearly doubled by Eastern sharpshooter Christie Weaver who had 15 points in the half making six of 12 attempts.

The Mountaineers held a sizeable advantage on the glass as they pulled down 27 rebounds to Evergreen's 15.

Eastern held onto their lead for much of the second half. But Evergreen made a late run to pull to 53-52 with four minutes remaining. Freshman forward Kamrica Ary-Turner and senior forward Heather Hyde led the charge as they each netted 12 points in the second half.

But the Mountaineers opened their lead back to five as Heidi Horobioski dropped a field goal and Jamie Jo Cant hit two free throws following an Evergreen turnover for a 57-52 margin.

Ary-Turner cut the lead back down to three following an Eastern three pointer as she hit a turn-around jumper and converted a steal to put the score at 60-57. Evergreen nearly forced another turnover on Eastern's next possession. But the Mountaineers kept the ball by calling timeout with seven seconds on the shot clock and 40 seconds in the game.

On the inbounds pass, Horobioski scored her second basket of the night to put the Mountaineer lead to the final margin of 62-57 and ice the Geoduck comeback attempt.

With the loss Evergreen drops to 4-6 for the year and 0-1 in conference, while Eastern moves to 4-5, 1-0.

The Geoducks will return to action tomorrow night as the host Albertson College at 5:30.