Evergreen came within 16 seconds of beating Oregon Tech
January 02, 2004
by James J. Portune
Olympia, WA - What seemed improbable at the start of the New Year, The Evergreen Women's Basketball team (0-3 Cascade Conference, 2-14 Overall) beating #21 Oregon Tech. (3-0 CCC, 9-3 Ovr), came within sixteen seconds of being a reality, as Evergreen lost to OIT 70-69.
Having built their confidence in a win over visiting Lewis & Clark College on Monday (Dec. 29), Evergreen took it to OIT from the opening tip.
Junior Kristen Zompetti (Seattle, WA/Kennedy HS) hit her opening three point shot to put Evergreen ahead 3-0 and the Geoducks lead for the next 39 minutes and 44 seconds.
Three times in the first half Evergreen extended their lead to as many as six point, by running the floor and limiting the Huslin' Owls to just one shot attempt most of the times down the floor.
With 1 minutes remaining the first period senior Alicia Riddle (Portland, OR/Benson Polytechnic HS) hit a three point shot that gave Evergreen a 37-30 lead that they were able to carry into the half.
In the second twenty minutes Evergreen and OIT traded baskets, with neither teams gaining an advantage in the paint. Where the Geoducks were strong were in second chance points, outscoring OIT 20 to 5. Oregon Tech had a stronger bench and outscoring Evergreen's bench 19 to 5.
Three point shooting is where the Hustlin' Owls made up the half-time difference, with Samantha Gilbert narrowing Evergreen's lead to 1 point, 69-68, with 51 seconds remaining in the game.
An offensive rebound by Meggan Sager and a successful jumper by Kyra Cleveland put Oregon Tech ahead by one, 70-69, with 16 second left in the contest, OIT's first lead of the game.
In the remaining time Evergreen got two shots at the basket but neither attempt would fall.
For Evergreen it was a good game all around. Riddle had a game high 22-points, converting 7-of-11 three point shots. Zompetti followed with 16-points.
Junior Heather Hyde (Olympia, WA/Central HS) had her third double-double of the season, dishing out 11 assists and 13 rebounds.
Senior Christine Pendergrass (Lakewood, WA/Lakes HS) also played strong in the paint, scoring 9 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, her second consecutive 10 plus rebounding game.
Tomorrow night, Saturday (Jan. 03), Evergreen will again be at home, as they host the Southern Oregon University Raiders. Tip-off for the Cascade Conference contest is set for 5:30 p.m. in College Recreation Center.