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Concordia's Clauson has a personal best night to lead her team to a 67-65 win over Evergreen

February 1, 2008

Portland, OR - Concordia University took their only lead in the second period with two seconds left in the game. A desperation three point attempt by Jennifer Solberg (Sr. Franklin Pierce HS) fell short and the Geoducks lost 67-65 in conference play Friday night.

With the win, Concordia moved to 12-11 on the season and 8-5 in Cascade Collegiate Conference action while Evergreen dropped to 5-17 overall and 4-9 in league play.

Freshman Danielle Clauson (Edmonds, WA/King's H.S.) powered the Cavalier attack with a career-best 29 points, trumping a 25-point output in her first collegiate contest back on Nov. 3 against Dominican University of California.

Clauson played a part in 26 of the team's 28 points in the first half with 12 points and four assists. The 5-foot-10 forward also added six rebounds and two steals, both of which led to fast-break baskets in the opening period.

Nearly matching Clauson, Solberg led the Geoducks with 14 points and eight rebounds to give Evergreen a four-point lead at intermission. It took Solberg all of 55 seconds in the second half to reel in two rebounds for the double-double while already reaching her season averages of 14.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Maintaining a slight lead throughout the half, a Kristi Auckland (Everett, WA/Cascade H.S.) layup at the 14:56 mark expanded the Geoducks lead to eight with the score set at 44-36.

Balanced scoring in the second period helped the Cavs chip away at the deficit with Maryam Razavi (Tualatin, OR/Tualatin H.S.S), Denise Benedict (Ridgefield, WA/Prairie H.S.) and Ann Snodderly (Portland, OR/Franklin H.S.) all accounting for at least six points in the period.

A Razavi layup evened the game 62 with 2:26 remaining, but a Joy White (Berkeley, CA/Berkeley H.S.) free throw and a basket in the paint by Rosalind Lee (Oakland, CA/Skyline H.S.) gave the Geoducks a three-point cushion with one minute left.

With 36 ticks remaining, Concordia answered with a Benedict three pointer to square the contest for the seventh time while an Evergreen turnover with 16 seconds left provided the Cavs the final possession. Passing the ball around to the left side, Benedict found Snodderly close the basket where the 6-foot-4 sophomore turned for a short jumper to give the Cavs its first lead of the half with 1.9 seconds left on the scoreboard.

Concordia would hold on for the win when a Solberg desperation three fell short. Danielle had a special night, Concordia head coach Aaron Christian said. She has an unbelievable performance for a freshman. It was a great win for the group after a tough weekend. We stayed focus, executed and played defense down the stretch. With 11 points, Benedict eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau for Concordia.

Evergreen continues conference play Saturday night at Corban in Salem, OR.

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