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Victory again escapes team at tournament

November 17, 2007

Tacoma, WA - Evergreen ended their second and final game of the UPS Tip-Off Classic with a very close, overtime loss to Linfield College in a non-conference game.

With 1:57 left in overtime, a Brihtani Lassiter field goal proved to be the difference for Linfield as the Wildcats escaped Memorial Fieldhouse with a 69-68 win over The Evergreen State College Geoducks.

With the loss, Evergreen continues to search for its first victory, dropping to 0-4 in the early season. Linfield moves to 2-0 on the season.

With Linfield ahead four-points heading into the locker room at the half, Evergreen would mount a comeback in the second half of play. Trailing 47-43 at the 10:48 mark, the Geoducks went on a 13-4 run and with the help of a three-pointer by Molly Clark, had a 56-51 advantage with 6 1/2 minutes to play. A jumper by Kate Stadeli (Jr., Silverton, Ore.) with 4:30 on the clock brought the Cats back, setting up a neck-and-neck battle the rest of the way.

Down 63-61 with 24 seconds left in regulation, Evergreens Joy White found Kristi Auckland for a jump-shot to tie the game at 63 and force overtime.

Lassiter got the Wildcats going in the extra period, converting two free-throw attempts just 13 seconds into overtime. The Geoducks tied the game twice more before taking a 68-67 lead on an Auckland free throw with 2:57 to go.

Exactly one minute later, Lassiter put in the final bucket of the game and Linfield held off Evergreen State the rest of the way.

Auckland, coming off the bench, hit 8 of 13 field goal attempts, scoring a game-high 20 points. The Geoducks had another three players in double figures. Jeanette Owens and Jennifer Solberg each tallied 14 points each while Rosalind Lee picked up 12 points on the night.

Lassiter finished with a team-high 17 points, while Stadeli chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Courtney McFadden ended the night with 10 points on 4 of 9 shooting.

Evergreen shot 47.1 percent, but only hit 2 of 13 attempts from behind the arc while Linfield shot 45.8 percent from the field.

Free-throw shooting proved to be a big factor for both teams at different points in the ballgame. The Wildcats were able to overcome a 1 for 6 shooting spell in overtime with their free-throw shooting down the stretch. Linfield converted all four attempts at the line during the extra session. Evergreen was able to stay in the game with an 18 for 22 output from the foul line.

Evergreen heads to Forest Grove, OR Tuesday for another non-conference game with Pacific University.

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