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Defensive game strong for Evergreen but shots missing their mark in 53-63 loss

December 6, 2006

Olympia, WA - Evergreen women's basketball team is beginning to show their defensive skills as they held back a strong University of Puget Sound team from running up the score and gave their opponents one of their closer wins this season. Evergreen trailed by as much as 20 points with 8 minutes left in the game, but a stepped up defense allowed opportunities for their shooters to put points on the board.

Puget Sound outmatched Evergreen in player height, but the Geoducks strategy of heavily guarding the taller players kept the inside shots to a minimum for the Loggers. Puget Sound capitalized on Evergreen turnovers and their ability to get under the basket for the defensive rebounds.

Missed shots equal defensive rebound opportunities. Coach Monica Heuer acknowledged, "We needed the shots to fall". Those missed shots and offensive mistakes cost Evergreen needed scores. "Our offense will need to work on making better decisions with passing" added Heuer.

For Evergreen, Danielle Keenan had a strong defensive game guarding 6'2" UPS point guard Karen Chase, snatched 6 rebounds in the game and scored 8 points worth of baskets. Jenny Olson added 15 points, her second highest tally this season. Jennifer Solberg also totaled 15 points, including making 4 of 7 attempts at 3 point shots.

Logger players Allison Craven and Brie Adderley each scored 10 points for their team.

Evergreen stands at 2-6 this season and is away Friday in a 5:30 PM game with Pacific Lutheran University.

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