Evergreen win second game in a row, sets new record for most wins in a season

Sophomore Karen Cale scoring a lay-up over four
Southern Oregon

January 20, 2004

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - The night that The Evergreen State College Women's Basketball team set a new school record by winning their sixth game of the season will be remembered as a team effort.

Senior guard Kristen Zompetti (Seattle, WA./Kennedy HS) lead all scorers with 19-point, senior forward Christine Pendergrass (Lakewood, WA/Lakes HS) added 12-points and sophomore Karen Cale (Tumwater, WA/Black Hills HS) contributed 10-points and 11 rebounds, as Evergreen defeated the visiting Cascade College Thunderbirds (1-8 Cascade Conference, 1-17 Overall), 62-48.

The win gives Evergreen their fourth Cascade Conference win of the 2003-04 season and sixth win overall, a new school records.

Five seasons ago, head coach Rick Harden lead the 1998-99 Geoducks to a 5-21 season, the most win in school history, until tonight.

From the opening tip the game belong to Evergreen, only the second time this season the Geoducks have played as the favored team. A swarming defense forced Cascade to commit 14 turnovers in the first half, which Evergreen converted into 12 easy points.

At the mid-game break Evergreen lead 31-21.

Although the Geoducks made only 20-of-62 (32%) of their field goals in the game, they were able to maintain their 10-point lead through the second half by preventing Cascade from scoring a three point baskets.

For the game, the Thunderbirds shots 0-for-7 from behind the three point arc.

Besides scoring 12-points, Pendergrass was a force inside with seven defensive rebounds and six blocked shots, a new season record.

For Cale, it was her first double-double performance of the 2003-04 season. Last year, as a freshman she had back-to-back double digit point, double digit rebound games.

Evergreen will look to extend their two game winning streak this weekend. Friday (Jan. 23) the Albertson College Coyotes (5-3 CCC, 7-8 Ovr) will step into The Greenhouse. On Saturday (Jan. 24) Evergreen's opponent will be Cascade Conference leader Eastern Oregon (7-1 CCC, 13-2 Ovr). Both games will start at 5:30 p.m.