Short-handed Evergreen women rally to defeat Southern Oregon in OT, 70-61

OLYMPIA, Wash.  -- Short-handed at the start and deprived of their leading scorer as regulation play ended, The Evergreen State College women's basketball team clicked in overtime and ran away from Southern Oregon University, 70-61, on Friday night at the Greenhouse.

Evergreen discovered that, because of a registration snafu, it would be without its starting point guard, Alex Saab, until next week.  Perhaps adjusting to a different starting group, the Geoducks lumbered out of the gate, 11 of their first 13 shots and being badly outrebounded by the Raiders during the first half.

Trailing 34-22 at the break, Evergreen changed its tune completely at the start of the second half and put together an 18-4 run to take its first lead, 40-38 on a bucket by Ali Matisons with 12:20 to go.  The lead then see-sawed throughout the next 12 minutes until Evergreen took a time out with 12 seconds and in-bounded to Latrina Woods, its leading scorer throughout the season, with the score tied at 53-53.  Woods went down the lane with :04 left and finger-rolled in what appeared to be the winning basket -- only to see her whistled for a charging foul that both wiped off the basket and fouled Woods out.

In the overtime, though, Evergreen put together its best five minutes of ball of the season, outscoring Southern, 17-8, for the victory.

Katie Garcin led Evergreen with 13 points, including a couple of crucial threes and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.  Matisons had 12 and Woods 10 for Evergreen.  Local product Krystal Smith, from River Ridge High School, was the Raiders lone double-figure scorer with 10 as Southern's star from Centralia, 6'2" senior post Jacki Speer was limited by a hand injury and finished with just 6 points and 4 rebounds.

Evergreen hosts Oregon Tech on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

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