Auckland Helps Geoducks Break Slump as team Scores a Conference Win at Cascade

Story courtesy of Cascade sports information

January 2, 2009

Portland, OR - Evergreen overcame a fourteen point deficit to Cascade College in the first 3 minutes of the game to fight back for a 73-69 win in Cascade Conference play tonight. Evergreen revives their five game drought to a positive overall record after the win.

The Thunderbirds led the entire first half but ESC's Alex Saab trimmed the score within three at the 17 minute mark. Cascade recovered to push the lead back out to 10 at the break thanks to a jumper by Cascade's standout player Kristina Schumacher.

ESC's coaching staff was able to develop a working team strategy at the break and proceeded to open up the second period with a 12-0 run to take their first lead of the game.

Not wanting to let the game slip away the Thunderbirds fought back to a 60-56 advantage at the 7:45 mark on two Schumacher free throws. Cascade fell cold with their shooting as they scored just 9 more points the rest of the way.

The Geoducks' Kristi Auckland was a thorn in the T-Birds side with 24 points and 11 rebounds. The senior tied her ESC career high set last season and recorded her fourth career double-double game.

Keisha McDonald added 16 points, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Schumacher paced Cascade to tie Auckland for a game leading high 24 points. Robin Swain added 16 points and 7 assists.

The T-Birds won the rebounding battle 48-35, led by Amy Russell with 12.

Cascade falls to 8-1 overall and 1-1 in the CCC. Evergreen improves to 6-5 and 1-3.

Saturday night the Geoducks skip a few blocks away to play Warner Pacific at 5:30 PM.

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