Freshman Jenny Olson selected once again as Evergreen Athlete of the Week

Freshman forward Jenny Olson shooting over two
Southern Oregon players.

January 19, 2004

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - Consistency is the key, not only for a players success but also for a team.

Last week freshman forward Jenny Olson (Loon Lake, WA/Deer Park HS) was a classic example of consistency, scoring 19-points and grabbing 9-rebounds against Warner Pacific Tuesday night (Jan. 12) and followed with an 18-point and 10-rebound performance against Northwest Friday night (Jan. 16).

For her consistency, Olsonhas been named The Evergreen State College Athlete of the Week. This is the second time this season Olsonhas received the honor.

"From day one Jennyhas been the ideal player," said head women's basketball coach Monica Heuer. "She has a strong work ethic, is academically solid, and does not complain."

In less than three months Olsonhas successfully made the transition from high school basketball to the longer and more physical college game. A typical high school season is 20-game longer, Evergreen plays at least a 31-game schedule. Through the first twenty-one games of the 2003-04 season, Olsonis averaging 7.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

"Jennystepping up has made our job as coaches easier," added Associate Head Coach Mychael Heuer. "With her playing hard at every practice and in every game has challenged the other post players to step up their game."

Against Warner Pacific, Evergreen was denied a win, losing 79-74, due to hot three point shooting by the Knights in the final 10-minutes of the game. At the half, Evergreen lead, 44-40, and extended that lead to 12-point midway through the second half.

Northwest came to Evergreen with a strong inside game and capitalized on their strength by pulling down twenty more rebounds that Evergreen. Key free throw shooting down the stretch allowed Evergreen to pull away for a 71-65 win against the #1 team in the Cascade Conference.

Over the course of the week, Olson'sshooting was very good from all three distances. From Field Goal range she made 17-of-31 shots (55%), from beyond the three point arc Olson again shot 50% (1-for-2), and at the Free Throw line she was a perfect 2-for-2 (100%).

Eleven games remaining in the 2003-04 season. Based upon her performance so far, there is a strong likelihood that Olsonwill be heard from again.