Geoducks suffer 94-76 loss to strong SOU squad

January 26, 2008

Olympia, WA - Southern Oregon University (19-3, 10-2 Cascade Conf.) came back from a 7 point deficit at the half to overwhelm the Evergreen State Geoducks with a 94-76 win.

The Geoducks were looking impressive the first half, making 60% of their field goal attempts and half of their 3 pointers. SOU was 40% from the field.

Playing a physical game from the start, the Raiders really put the pressure on Evergreen the second half. SOU were called for two technical fouls in the period. First on team captain Kellyn Cooper at the 7:00 mark and then one called on SOU's coach two minutes later. The fouls sent Jennifer Solberg and then Molly Clark to the free throw line, who added 4 points on Evergreen's behalf.

The charity points weren't enough to get the Geoducks back in the game as the Raiders had built as much as a 20 point lead.

Evergreen seemed to lose their nerve as SOU fed on the misfortune of the Geoducks. To make matters worse, starting guard Joy White was in foul trouble early (3 personal fouls in first half), forcing the coaching staff to keep her on the bench more than the team would have liked. Rosalind Lee was also getting close to the five foul limit late in the game.

Both White and Lee had excellent first halves with White scoring 10 points and Lee 8.

A strong SOU defense forced Evergreen to turn over the ball 20 times in the game while SOU lost the ball just twelve.

Southern improved their second half shooting to 65% and sank 57% of their 3 point attempts.

Rosalind Lee (Jr. Oakland, CA) had 16 points, 2 steals and 5 rebounds. Kristi Auckland (Jr. Cascade HS) had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Joy White (Jr. Berkeley, CA) and Molly Clark (Sr. Boise, ID) each had 14 points. White added 4 assists.

Leading the scorers for the Raiders was Rhiannon Dickison with 19 points, who hit 5 of 7 three pointers. Chelsey Muri added 18. Four Geoducks scored double digits in the high scoring game.

With the loss, Evergreen still manages to hold onto seventh place in the conference and remains in playoff contention.

Evergreen plays in Portland, OR on Feb. 1 at Concordia University. They'll play a second conference game the next day against Corban College in Salem.

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