Evergreen ends streak, thankfully
November 7, 2006
Olympia, WA - For the past nine years Evergreen has faced St. Martin 's University in a traditional early season meeting. In each of those years the women's team basketball team has been on the losing end of these games. Tonight, on their home court, Evergreen decided it was time to put the past to rest and defeated our rival from Lacey 55-52.
Following Saturday night's loss to Westminster College , a game in which Evergreen failed to score a single basket in the final 5 minutes, head coach Monica Heuer was determined to not let her team let victory slip away from their own hands. The team spent the past two days working on their defense and will power.
In front of a large crowd of enthusiastic fans, the Saints were first on the scoreboard following a 3 point shot by Sade Smith. Smith went on to be the leading scorer for SMU with 14 points. SMU held the lead for the first 5 minutes until Evergreen tied up following an impressive point run by Joy White, who scored 6 field goals and 2 points on free throws in the opening minutes.
Our Geoducks held the lead into the first half 27-22 but they were never out of danger. SMU tied the game 39-39 with ten minutes remaining in the game and then added four points following a burst of energy by the Saints defense that forced turnovers on Evergreen's squad. Evergreen climbed back up to a two point lead in the last minute of the game. Fortunately the Saints were unable to capitalize on a steal from ESC's Jenny Olson by Destiny Schang. SMU missed their breakaway shot that was rebounded by Evergreen. Danielle Keenan made a run at the Saints basket. She was fouled on her shot attempt and went to the line for two shots, sinking both. SMU nearly tied the game in the final seconds with a three point attempt, but it just missed and fell into Evergreen's hands securing the Geoduck victory.
Newcomers Joy White and Jennifer Solberg were exciting to watch as they scored 12 and 11 points respectively. Solberg used her strength to play a strong defensive game as well, earning six defensive rebounds.
Evergreen has over a week off before they head to Idaho to play two games in the Lewis and Clark State Tournament on November 17 th and 18 th.