Northwest defeats Evergreen for first conference win

January 17, 2003

by Devin Jones

Kirkland, WA - Still searching for their first conference victory of the season, Evergreen's women's basketball team went into Northwest College to face the Eagles. The Geoducks ended the game suffering an overtime heartbreaker, 67-62.

Both the Geoducks (0-8 conference, 2-16 overall) and the Eagles (1-7 conference, 3-17 overall) were in search of their first conference win. From the tip-off you could tell the game was going to be a battle and go down to the wire.

After leading 5-2, the Geoducks scored only four points over a seven-minute span. Finally, Evergreen got in the double digits on the scoreboard on a jump shot by Toni Jones (Rock Springs, WY/ Rock Springs HS) with just 6:03 remaining in the half.

Each team struggled finding the hoop in the first half with the Geoducks knocking down only 5 of 23 attempts (21%), and the Eagles converting on only 8 of their 28 attempts (28%).

Fortunately for Evergreen, Northwest shooters were cold from the floor and the Eagles led by only six at that point, 17-11. Suddenly Evergreen ran off 12 points to end the half and trailed by only three 26-23.

The second half looked better for each team, with the Geoducks shooting 42% (11-26) from the field, compared to Northwest's 38% (12-31). Evergreen outscored the Eagles 32-29 in the second half.

Alicia Riddle's (Portland, OR/ Polytechnic HS) free throws with 11 seconds remaining forced the game into overtime. In overtime, the Eagles prevailed, knocking down five of their seven field goals to seal the victory.

On the night, the Geoducks were out-rebounded 54-34 and the Eagles tore down 23 offensive boards, two more than Evergreen had on the defensive end. Evergreen also continued to struggle from the free-throw line, converting on only 20 of their 30 (66%).

Northwest had three players in double figures for the game. Andrea Kjos had a team high with 15 points on 5-8 shooting from the floor.

Kailey Triller had a double double for the Eagles, scoring 14 points (7-11) and grabbing 12 rebounds. Ellie Scilley chipped in 13 points for Northwest, and had a game high five assists in the win.

Evergreen was led by Alicia Riddle and Sarah Wallman (Elma, WA/ Elma HS) who combined to score 41 of the Geoducks' 62 points. Riddle had a game high 22 points on 6-17 shooting and had four assists. Wallman contributed 19 points going 7-13 from the floor.

Karen Cale (Tumwater, WA/ Black Hills HS) added 13 points (4-7) for the Geoducks, and also had a game high six steals.

The Geoducks will try to gain some momentum on Sunday, January 19, when they face Walla Walla College. The Geoducks defeated Walla Walla earlier in the season by 35 (85-50). Game time is at 2:00 p.m.