Beacons seal 65-57 win over Evergreen at free throw line

Story courtesy of NCC sports information

January 18, 2008

Eugene, OR - The Northwest Christian College women's basketball team snapped a six game losing streak Friday night at the Morse Event Center, with a 65-57 win over our Evergreen State Geoducks.

The victory also gave interim head coach Liz Turner-Bolton her first win after assuming her new role on Thursday.

The pivotal turning point in the game came with the game deadlocked 44-44, after a Charlie Van Loon free throw pulled the Beacons back into a tie with the Geoducks.

On the following NCC possession, guard Jacquie Lipp found a wide open Lori Renner in the left corner, and Renner knocked down the trey to recapture the lead at 50-47. The Beacons defense would force a second stop, and Lipp and Renner would connect for a second three-point field goal to move ahead 53-47.

The Beacons (9-10, 3-6 Cascade Collegiate Conference) sealed the victory at the free throw line, hitting 10-of-11 from the line inside the final four minutes of play.

Geoducks (4-15, 3-7 CCC) forward Jennifer Solberg led Evergreen in scoring with a game-high 14 points and eight rebounds, while guard Molly Clark scored 11 points with four assists and forward Kristi Auckland scored 10 points.

As a team Evergreen was low on their field goal percentage, with a game total of 37%. Sinking just 40% of their free throws in the second half (2-5) the Geoducks struggled with a 50% success rate of charity points attempted.

On the night NCC shot 83% from the free throw stripe, shooting 20-of-24, led by guard Amy Croll who shot 9-of-10 from the line and scored 11 points on the night.

All five of the NCC starters would score in double figures, with forward Elise Gray scoring a team-high 13 points with five rebounds. Lipp and forward McKenzie Gambee followed with 12 points apiece while guard Lori Renner scored 10 points. Gambee posted a game-high nine rebounds, narrowly missing a double-double effort.

Evergreen has two home games Friday and Saturday. On the 25th the Geoducks host Oregon Tech (14-5 and 6-3 CCC) and Southern Oregon (16-3 and 7-2 CCC) on the 26th. Both game begin at 5:30 PM.

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