February 1, 2003
by James J. Portune
Olympia, WA - If you left The Evergreen State College Recreation Center early then you most likely left with the opinion that the Women's Basketball teams would conclude the night with another lopsided loss. What you missed, in the final four minutes, was Albertson head coach Reagan Rossi inserting her starters back into the game to fight off a late charging Geoducks offense.
In the end, the outcome was a Evergreen (0-13 ccc, 3-22 overall) 51-59 loss to visiting Albertson College of Idaho (7-6 ccc, 13-14 overall). But the final drama showed, as the three overtime games indicate, that the Geoducks win/loss record is misleading.
"As we have done in the past, we did not shoot well in the first half," said Monica Heuer, women's head basketball coach. "Sometimes we were not even looking for a shot. But in the second half we came alive and outplayed Alberton."
Although significantly outsized by 6-foot-4 Kristen Bailey and 6-foot-3 Michelle Dyreng, Evergreen showed patience on the offensive end and got junior transfer Alicia Riddle (Portland, OR/ Benson Polytechnic HS) open for shots. With four three-point baskets, she lead Evergreen with nineteen points, the only Geoduck to score in double figures.
With Shiante Reed (Tacoma, WA/ Foss HS) on the bench recovering from a severely sprain ankle, Riddle has been the only double scoring offense for Evergreen.
"We seem to only begin to play when we are down," said Dodie McCallum (Elma, WA/ Elma HS). "Usually, it is not until the last two minutes. Tonight we began to play with seven minutes left in the game and look what we almost accomplished."
After four consecutive double-double performances, Albertson's leading rebounder and scorer Kristen Bailey was held to just 8 points and 9 rebounds. In her place, Heidi Goicoechea (18 points), Lindsey Karren (10 pts, 11 rebounds) and Krystal Thacker (10 pts) stepped up for the Coyotes.
Next week Evergreen will take to the road for the final time this season. Friday, February 7, they will be in Portland, Oregon, to take on Cascade. Saturday, they will visit Western Baptist in Salem, Ore.
You can catch the Geoducks at home, against Northwest, on Friday, Feb. 14.