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Geoducks come up shy in comeback

December 30, 2005

Olympia, WA - Looking to rebound from a 19 point loss last night to the visiting Albertson Coyotes, The Evergreen State College women's basketball team opened up a 10-0 lead in the first five minutes of tonight's match-up with Eastern Oregon .

But an extended cold shooting streak was too much for the Geoducks to overcome despite a furious second-half comeback attempt and Evergreen suffered its third straight conference loss 58-49.

Geoduck Rachel Ross led the opening charge with seven points and Ashley Miller added a baseline trey in the promising start. But things turned frigid for the Evergreen as they managed just four points over the next 15 minutes allowing the Mountaineers back into the game.

Christie Weaver hit four three pointers on her way to 13 first-half points and Eastern Oregon took a 20 point lead into the locker room, 34-14.

The Geoducks shot just 24 percent in the period as normally reliable scorers Dalia Gomez and Jenny Olson both went 0-5 from the floor. Evergreen was a dismal 1-11 from three point range.

The second half saw another change of fortune as Gomez found some traction from behind the arc. The senior guard drained four three pointers to bring the Mountaineer lead back to single digits at 46-37 with just over six minutes to play.

Olson hit two free throws and Rachel Ross added a fifteen foot jumper to pull Evergreen within four points with 1:56 to play forcing Eastern Oregon to take a timeout.

The Mountaineers tacked on a field goal out of the break to extend their lead to six.

The Geoducks missed a free throw and turned the ball over on consecutive plays allowing the Mountaineers to hold off the Geoduck comeback attempt.