Alicia Riddle and Karen Cale combine for thirty-four points in Evergreen win

February 14, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - With a 58-52 win over visiting Northwest College coach Monica Heuer and her eight Evergreen State women equaled last years four wins. Every victory from now on is uncharted territory for the second year coach.

Only Rick Harden, the first Geoducks women's coach, has more wins in a season, five.

With two games remaining in the season, Evergreen (1-15 ccc, 4-24 overall) has a change to tie and surpass coach Harden's benchmark. In Portland, Ore., January 14th, the Geoducks lost by a slim two points, 75-77, to Warner Pacific, one of the two remaining foes.

"The secret tonight was that the girls have not hung their heads," explained coach Heuer. "They have continued to learn and improve all throughout the season."

In many ways tonight game was a typical Evergreen performance. Allowing the other team to outplay them in the first half, then waking up in the second half and outplaying their opponents. The difference tonight was that the Geoducks erased the eight-point deficit in the opening minutes of the second half, on a 10-0 run, to take a 31-30 lead, instead of waiting until late in the period to get their offense firing.

Although Northwest regained the lead shortly there after and stayed ahead for a good portion of the second period, the Geoducks would not let the Eagles pull away.

Alicia Riddle (Portland, OR/ Benson Polytechnic HS), who returned to the starting line-up after a five game hiatus, scored sixteen of her game high twenty-eight in the second half, enabling Evergreen to recapture the lead with six minutes remaining in the game. A feat the Geoducks had not accomplished so far this season.

With less than fifty percent free throw shooting on the part of both team and twenty-six turnovers by Northwest, Evergreen clung to the lead down the stretch.

The basket that sealed the game came from freshman Megan Delany (Snohomish, WA/ Snohomish HS). At roughly the one-minute mark and ahead by four point, Delany was forced to take a desperation shot from just above the free throw line, with a defender in her face, in order to prevent a shot clock violation. To her surprise the ball went into the basket, giving the Geoducks a six-point lead. As the clock wound down, Northwest was not able to make another successful field goal shot.

For the fourth consecutive game freshman Karen Cale (Tumwater, WA/ Black Hills HS) had ten points or better. Tonight, she was the only other Geoduck, besides Riddle to score in double figures.

Next Friday (Feb 21) and Saturday (Feb 22) will be Evergreen's final game of the 2002-03 season. Friday they will host Warner Pacific (6:00 p.m.) and on Saturday they will host Cascade (6:00 p.m.). It is anticipated the Shiante Reed (Tacoma, WA/ Foss HS) will has recovered from her ankle injury.