Saints Pull Ahead in Final Minutes for 12 Point Win Over Our Geoducks
November 4, 2008
Olympia, WA - The Geoducks were competitive in tonight's exhibition game with the St. Martin's Saints but fell behind late in the game to lose 74-62. Evergreen was held to just 2 points in the final six minutes after a series of fouls and missed field goal attempts helped the cross town rival Saints pull ahead.
Evergreen had a 31-30 lead heading into the locker room after the first half. Newcomer to the team, Britney Knotts (Jr. Vancouver, WA), had an impressive tally of 11 points, including 3 for 3 from three point range. Forward Katie Garcin (Jr. Gooding, ID) had 9 points. The team made 48% of their field goals and 67% of their three point attempts.
Dara Zack kept her team in the mix, giving the Saints 12 points. SMU had a 38% total for field goals and 25% in three pointers.
Free throws made the difference in the second half. Evergreen fouls sent SMU players to the line 20 times in the period where the Saints found a way to win the game by hitting 21 of 26 shots for an 81% success rate.
In contrast, the Geoducks had a rough time with the freebies. Shooters made just 3 baskets out of 9 shots.
Coach Heuer was clearly unhappy with some of the calls on her players in the final minutes. Senior key player Rosalind Lee (Oakland, CA) fouled out with just over 3 minutes remaining.
Field goal percentage held steady for Evergreen, making 48% of their attempts. The Saints improved their shooting to 48% but their 3 points success remained low.
From 7-6 minutes remaining, Joy White (Berkeley, CA) helped Evergreen pull to within 1 point on a field goal and three pointer.
Play became a bit sloppy for the Geoducks, having two turnovers in a row that resulted in a five point advantage for the Saints. All but 2 of the remaining points for SMU were made on free throws.
Final totals for Evergreen include a team leading 13 points from Knotts, 12 points from Kristi Auckland (Everett, WA) who had 8 rebounds additionally. Garcin scored 11 points.
Zack of SMU scored an impressive game high 25 points and 10 rebounds for a double double game. Three additional players scored in the double digits for the Saints. Jamey Gelhar had twelve and both Michelle Short and Krissy Bassett had 11 points.
The Saints have now won 11 of 12 games in the series.
Despite the loss and some mistakes, Evergreen is looking good this season. The team has more depth and more height to use to their advantage.
Evergreen lost their game with the Saints by 32 points last season.
The Geoducks are on the road next, traveling to California for the Cal-Maritime Tournament on November 21st and 22nd.