Evergreen shows maturity in victory over Concordia

February 6, 2004

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - The Evergreen State College Women's Basketball team did exactly what a experience team should do, put a lesser opponent behind them early and kept them there.

Tonight's opponent for Evergreen in The Greenhouse was the visiting Concordia University Cavaliers (1-12 Cascade Conference, 3-21 Overall), who the Geoducks got an early lead on and defeated 87-51.

Evergreen's 87 points is a new Women's Basketball record, beating last years record of 85 points, scored at Walla Walla on Jan. 6th.

A 23-7 run from the opening tip gave Evergreen an easy lead, that they continued to stretch throughout the game. At half time the Geoducks had a 20-point lead, 41-21. Four players scored in double figures and all nine healthy players had at least 2-points.

Senior Kristen Zompetti's (Seattle, WA / Highline CC) 19-points was a game high. Fifteen of those points came from long range, as 5 of her 7 three point shots passed cleanly through the hoop snapping the net.

Evergreen's inside force, Christine Pendergrass (Lakewood, WA / South Puget Sound CC had another good game. Her 18-points was the eighth time she had scored in double figures this season.

Point guard Alicia Riddle (Portland, OR / Cascade College) was perfect from behind the arc, shooting 3-for-3, scored 13-points and had a game high 5 assists.

Junior Sara Wallman (Elma, WA / Elma HS) had her best outing of the 2003-04 season with 12-points. Freshman Jenny Olson (Loon Lake, WA / Deer Park HS) also had a double-digit game. Her game high came in the rebounding category, as she pulled down 4 offensive and 6  defensive rebounds, for a total of 10.

The win jumped Evergreen two spots up the Cascade Conference standings, from 7th into 5th place. Albertson (6-7 CCC) was ideal tonight, so they drop half a game behind Evergreen. Western Baptist (6-7 CCC) lost at Northwest tonight, so they fall into a 6th place tie with Albertson.

This makes tomorrow nights game against Western Baptist, in The Greenhouse, big for Evergreen. A victory would strengthen Evergreen's 5th place spot and put Western Baptist 1 1/2 game behind the Geoducks. Tip-off for the game will be a 5:30 p.m.