Season ends for Evergreen

Story courtesy College of Idaho Sports Information

February 26, 2008

Caldwell, ID - The Yotes Whitney Clark hit two free throws with 42 seconds left to give The College of Idaho the lead for good and withstood a 35-foot heave from Jennifer Solberg that rimmed out at the buzzer, as the Lady Yotes defeated upset-minded Evergreen State, 78-75, in a Cascade Conference Tournament quarterfinal game in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

With the victory, the No. 3 seeded Lady Yotes (18-10) will host a semifinal game on Friday against No. 4 seeded Oregon Tech - thanks to a loss by No. 1 seeded Eastern Oregon.

Fueled by 61-percent shooting in the first half, the Geoducks (9-21) raced out to a 15-9 lead on a Molly Clark trey, extending the margin to 36-23 on a pair of Kristi Auckland free throws with five minutes left in the period.

The Coyotes would battle back, cutting the deficit to 44-37 at the break. A long three by Jennifer Solberg two minutes into the second half gave Evergreen a 51-42 edge, but the Lady Yotes forced three turnovers in a 12-1 run, capped by a ShaNae Horner jumper, to give The C of I their first lead.

The two teams would combine for seven ties and seven lead changes, with the Geoducks taking a 75-74 lead on an Auckland jumper with 57 seconds.

The Lady Yotes got the ball in the hands of Clark, who was fouled an canned two free throws, part of a career-high 33 point night, including 13-for-14 shooting from the line.

Evergreen worked the shot clock down, but Solberg was tied up by Whitney Owen, with the arrow giving the ball back to the Yotes. After Owen hit two free throws with six seconds left to extend the lead to three, the Geoducks got the ball to Solberg, who launched a trey from two steps inside the half court stripe, which rattled out at the horn.

Christon Vander Esch had 15 points and seven rebounds, with Owen adding 12 points and seven rebounds in the win, as the Yotes improved to 6-1 all-time in home playoff games.

For Evergreen, Solberg had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Rosalind Lee adding 15 points and seven boards and Kristi Auckland totaled 14 points in the loss.

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