Coach Monica Heuer figured her Evergreen State women's basketball team faced

December 17, 2002

by Gail Wood

Olympia, WA - Coach Monica Heuer figured her Evergreen State women's basketball team faced two opponents Tuesday: itself and Southern Oregon.

Plagued by turnovers, Evergreen lost 70-55 in the Cascade
Conference opener, dropping the Geoducks to 1-9 for the season.

"We beat ourselves," Heuer said. "When a team beats us, I'll say that. Tonight, we beat ourselves withe turnovers and poor shooting."

Evergreen committed 25 turnovers, shot 33 percent and was outrebounded 43-33.

Evergreen got off to a fast start and led 8-0 as the Geoducks hit their first three shots, which included back-to-back 3-pointers by Shiante Reed and Alicia Riddle. But Evergreen began to misfire, going a seven-minute stretch without scoring to fall behind by double digits. Shooting just 28 percent (8-for-28) in the first half, Evergreen trailed 36-21 at the break.

"In the second half, we decided to attack better," Heuer said. "We got our shots, but we were even missing layins."

Reed scored 18 to lead Evergreen, hitting on 7 of 18 shots. Karen Cale added 11. Minus those two plaers, Evergreen shot 27 percent. Sara Marks' 18 points led Southern Oregon, which improved to 4-6.

"This was our first conference game, so we're 0-1," Heuer said. "We can turn this around."

Evergreen hurt its cause with sloppy defense, repeatedly sending the Raiders to the foul line. Southern Oregon was 23-for 30 at the free throw line.

"We were reaching on defense," Heuer said. "We kept sending them to the line. We've got to keep moving our feet."