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.