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Evergreen triumphs over PLU

November 22, 2005

Olympia, WA - The Evergreen State College checked another box in the win column Tuesday night against Pacific Lutheran University. The Geoducks started out slow and racked up fifteen turnovers in just the first half, but the Lutes could not capitalize on the opportunities given. Going into the half, Pacific Lutheran lead 27-21, the Geoducks being held by senior forward, Rachel Ross, who put up 11 points just in the first half and 21 for the game.

Coming out in the second half, Evergreen didn't look much different and the score differential varied minimally. It wasn't until the last five minutes that the game began to pick up and energy filled the air.

Evergreen down 39-47 with 5:00 left in the game, freshman, Demetra Barrington, kick started the Geoducks with a three-pointer putting them at 42-45. Junior, Ashley Miller, followed with another three to make it 45-47, and once again Barrington was there for the jump shot in the corner to tie it up 47-47. There the score stayed until sophomore, Danielle Keenan, downed a bucket from the block to put Evergreen up 49-47, but it seemed the Geoducks got too excited from having the lead. They allowed for two quick baskets underneath giving the Lutes the 51-49 lead with approximately 1:30 left.

Senior, Dalia Gomez, came back with a make outside the arc to once again put Evergreen in the lead 52-51 with just over a minute to play. In Pacific's next possession they were unable to score, Rachel Ross grabbing that missed shot. With the approximately 30 seconds to play Miller was fouled, putting her at the line, where she sank both her free throws giving the Geoducks the 54-51 lead.

The Lutes took one futile attempt to tie up the ball game, but Olson snatched the rebound, and in the Geoduck's possession the ball stayed.

Free throw shooting was a key part in tonight's game with Evergreen's 90.9% reigning over Pacific Lutheran 66.7% from the line.

The Evergreen State College will be traveling to northern California playing Menlo College on Saturday the 26th and Cal-State East Bay on the 27th.