Evergreen Holds off Late Charge from the Boxers for a 65-64 Win
November 25, 2008
Olympia, WA - Evergreen remains undefeated with a 3-0 record this season after their home win vs the Pacific University Boxers tonight. The 65-64 win did not come easy for the Geoducks, who went on the defensive the last minute to hold off a Pacific push.
The first half saw Pacific in the lead with a score of 34-26.
At the break Kalie Frank led the Boxers with her 13 points.
Evergreen's Joy White had 8 points the first period to lead ESC scorers.
First half stats showed the Geoducks were not doing so well from the free throw line, making just 40% of their attempts while the Boxers made 81%. Pacific shot 48% from the field to Evergreen's 35%.
Just five minutes into the second half Evergreen was trailing by the largest margin of the game. Frank, who was all over the court for the Boxers, snagged a rebound after Kristi Auckland's missed 2nd free throw to put her team ahead of Evergreen by 9 with a fast breaking lay-up.
Evergreen answered quickly with a nice three point shot by standout freshman Keisha McDonald, a steal from Frank by White and then another turnover by Pacific that led to a field goal by Auckland. Within a minute Evergreen closed their deficit to just 4 points.
Two missed free throws by Pacific resulted in a basket by White off the rebound by Britney Knotts. Another two points by Auckland off of the assist by Knots tied the game at 12 minutes with a score of 41-41. Knotts contributed directly to the three baskets that led to the tie game.
Rosalind Lee, this weeks Cascade Conference Player of the Week, was in foul trouble midway through the second period and rotated out with Jasmine Horton much of the half.
Evergreen never gained a comfortable lead, their biggest being 6 points with less than a minute to go.
Pacific's strategy to foul seemed to be working as Evergreen still had trouble at the free throw line, shooting 50% of their last three freebies.
With the score at 64-61 with less than 20 seconds to go, a missed second free throw by McDonald was rebounded by Pacific's Erica Schultz, passed to Frank and it was all net for Frank's high arching three point shot with just 4 seconds on the clock.
Evergreen made the smart choice fielding the ball into play with a high down-court pass, but Pacific managed to grab the ball and nearly was able to get off an upset shot before the buzzer sounded.
The win for Evergreen is two-in-arow in the seasonal series with Pacific and improves their overall record to 3-0. The NCAA Division III Pacific drops to a 1-2 record.
Final game totals had White with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, Auckland leading the team in points with 14 and 5 rebounds. Lee brought in 12 points for the Geoducks and 4 steals. McDonald nearly had a double double game with 8 rebounds and 10 points.
For Pacific, Frank led all players with her 21 points and 10 rebounds for a double double performance. Rochelle Reeves added 12 points for the Boxers.
The Geoducks host two games this weekend. Friday they play Bethany University and Saturday Simpson University. Both games begin at 5:30 PM.