Evergreen clamps down on Griffins but can't find range in tourney loss

OLYMPIA, Wash.  -- Facing a potent offense from a higher division in NAIA Division I Westminster College, The Evergreen State College women's basketball team held the Griffins to 15 points below their season average and 23 percent shooting from their specialty, the three-point line.  But Evergreen shot just 35 percent overall from the field and fell, 64-56, in the first round of their Evergreen Women's Basketball Classic.

McKensie Jessop and Allie Eastman scored 14 points each for Westminster (5-4), which hit just three of 13 treys.  Brittany Weaver led Evergreen (2-4)  for the second straight game, this time with 12 points.

Evergreen shot a lesser percentage from inside the arc, 33 percent, than they did from beyond the arc, 35.7 percent.  The Geoducks were also outrebounded 33-26.  Nonetheless, despite shooting a deadly 18-for-30 from short range, Westminster never led by more than 11.

In the first game of the night, Montana State University Northern built a 15-point lead and held off a pressing, running Northwest University, 82-73.  Saturday night, Westminster tangles with Northwest University at 5:30 p.m. with Evergreen meeting MSUN at 7:30 p.m.

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