It wasn't pretty, but the Geoducks will take the win
January 25, 2008
Olympia, WA - It was a rusty beginning, but the Evergreen State women's team improved their record to 5-15 after their 52-47 victory over The Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon) tonight in Olympia. Evergreen hopes the momentum continues into tomorrow night when they take on Southern Oregon (18-3, 9-2 CCC) at 5:30.
Tonight's win puts Evergreen back in playoff contention, moving to seventh in the Cascade Conference.
Shooting just 26% of their field goal attempts in the first half, the Geoducks went to the locker room behind 17-26. While not a picture perfect first half for the visiting Owls, OIT managed a better 40%.
Head Coach Monica Heuer said the team had worked all week on executing plays better. "We did not want to self-destruct in the late stage of the game like we have done many times in the season" commented Heuer after the game.
The Geoducks proved that they have more to show then they have revealed this season with a strong second half. Defensively the team stepped it up, stripping the ball nine times from OIT players and securing rebounds off of their opponents missed shots.
Evergreen improved their first half shooting to 48% in the second period.
"I urged some team members to stop attempting three point shots, we weren't making them" noted Heuer.
Early in the second half Evergreen had a strong run which took them from a twelve point deficit to a tie game on Molly Clark's (Sr. Boise, ID) three pointer at the thirteen minute mark. From that point on it was a back and forth game. Evergreen never had a safe point margin to ease up.
OIT (15-6) has held a top five spot in the conference all season and fought hard against the steamrolling Geoducks. OIT players like guard Meagan Miyasaka used her quick speed to help spur on OIT fast breaks, assisted on seven points and recorded two steals. Her assist on Jenni Miller's three point at 24 seconds to go made it just a two point lead for Evergreen.
Two fouls by OIT in the final seconds sent Joy White (Jr. Berkeley, CA) to the line four times where she made three of the charity shots to seal the game.
Jennifer Solberg (Sr. Franklin Pierce HS), who earned her eighth double-double game this season, scored 18 points and pulled in 12 rebounds for Evergreen. Kristi Auckland (Jr. Cascade HS) contributed 10 points, a block and two steals. Junior Rosalind Lee (Oakland, CA) had a strong defensive game with 7 points, 9 rebounds and a block and a steal.
For OIT, Cora McVey had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Crystal Idrogo, Jenni Miller and Amanda Johnston each had 9 points.
Tomorrow night's home game brings #2 Cascade Conference ranked SOU to the Green House. Southern Oregon has won their last 6 games including a win over Northwest University tonight.