Evergreen plays better against Westminster, but lose to the Griffin's for the second consecutive year

Senior guard Shiante Reed handling

November 8, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - Ask any college basketball coach and they will tell you that you cannot teach height. And height is exactly the obstacle that The Evergreen State College Women's Basketball team was not able to overcome against Westminster College tonight in the final game of the 2003 King Oscar Basketball Classic. With seven players 5'11" or better Westminster had the height advantage over Evergreen and put it to good use.

For the second straight year in a row, Evergreen (0-0 Cascade Conference, 0-2 Overall) was not able to defeat the Westminster Griffins (0-0 Frontier Conference, 1-1 Overall), losing this time 55 to 41.

Unlike last year, when Evergreen lost 103-45, tonight's game was contested the entire 40 minutes. At the opening tip Evergreen took the lead and held it until the final seconds of the 1st half, when Westminster reduce the deficit and tie the score at 19-19.

The low first half score clearly indicates that both teams had a difficulty scoring in the first 20 minutes. Westminster shot 20% (5-25) from field goal range and 14% (1-7) from three point range. Evergreen was not much better, hitting 8 of 25 (32%) two-point shots and 2 of 5 (40%) three-point shots. The advantage that Geoducks gained in shooting they gave away in turnover, throwing the ball away 18 times in the first half.

The tide turned for Westminster at the start of the second period when sophomore post Sharlee Fackrell returned to the court. Five minutes into the game, she was hit with her two personal foul and sat for the remaining 15 minutes of the first half.

With Fackrell's support in the second half, last year's Classic Most Valuable Player, senior Rebekah Steenblick, found her rhythm and finished with a game high 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Griffin's.

For Evergreen, senior Shiante Reed (Tacoma, WA/Foss HS) had her second consecutive double digit scoring night, matching Steenblik's 18 points by hitting three field goals and 4 of 8 (50%) three point shots.

Tonight, no other Evergreen player could find their shot, leaving Reed as the only Geoduck player with 10 or more point.

Jennifer Barney was the other Westminster player to score big, getting 16 points in 14 minutes of action.

Senior Christine Pendergrass (Lakewood, WA/Lakes HS) used her playing time (23 minutes) wisely for Evergreen and pulled down a team high 9 rebounds.

Junior transfer Heather Hyde (Olympia, WA/Center HS), who had double digit rebounds last night for the Geoducks against Notre Dame de Namor, was ineffective against Westminster inside presence and was limited to just 4 rebounds, 3 offensive and 1 defensive.

In the second half, Westminster outscored Evergreen 36 to 24 with dominate inside play and finished the Classic in 3rd place, for the second consecutive year.

With a 70-53 victory over Notre Dame de Namur in the 5:30 p.m. game tonight, Azusa Pacific left as the 2003 Classic Champions. Notre Dame finished 2nd.

Azusa Pacific freshman point guard Monica Somers was voted Classic Most Valuable Player, based upon her team winning both games and the 24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals she produced in the two games.
Teammate Lindsey West received All-Classic honors, as did Tamsen Lee (Notre Dame), Rebekah Steenblik (Westminster) and Shiantee Reed (Evergreen).

Evergreen will have only three days rest, as they will return to the hardwood on Wednesday (Nov. 12) to play Saint Martin's. This years game is being hosted by the Saint's and will kickoff at 5:00 p.m. in the Saint Martin's Pavilion in Lacey, Wash.