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Women's team play much improved

December 9, 2006

Olympia, WA - The Women's Basketball Team lost at home tonight 54-66 to Northwest Christian College. However, the team played very well against the talented Beacon squad and continues to improve.

The Geoducks matched the Beacons well through the first half of the game, trailing by 4 field goals with just over five minutes remaining. NCC turned on the heat the final minutes of the game with a run that netted their team 33 total points to Evergreen's 26 at the period's end.

Evergreen's intensity never let up and in the early minutes of the second half they eventually closed a 9 point deficit to just one after 12 minutes.

NCC had some players that worked hard to make the game difficult for Evergreen. Amy Croll and Emily Gray had 4 and 3 steals respectively and Gray brought in 22 game points for the Beacons.

Coach Monica Heuer was impressed with NCC's play, "They played with 7 players, with a couple of them playing the full, or nearly the full, 40 minutes". Heuer also noted the improved play by her team, "We are looking better as we head into conference play. We held our own against a very good team. If we would have played this well last night (vs PLU), we may have won."

Evergreen eventually succumed to another drive by Northwest that put them behind by 10 points with 3 minutes left.

Melissa Evans and Jennifer Solberg each had 11 points at games end. Danielle Keenan brought in 9 rebounds, 5 of them defensive.

The Geoducks have until Saturday off when they host Pacific University at 5:30 PM.

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