Evergreen still not able to beat Saint Martin's

November 12, 2003

by James J. Portune

Lacey, WA - There is no easy way to say it. The Saint Martin's Women's Basketball team had the number of The Evergreen State College Women's Basketball team (0-0 Cascade Conference, 0-3 Overall) and cashed their chips in early.

The Saint's capitalized on a 17-0 opening run and defeated the Geoducks 85-41. In the six years of the cross-town rivalry, Saint Martin's is a perfect 7-0.

Within every defeat there are always bright spots and Evergreen had several.

Senior Kristen Zompetti (Seattle, WA./Kennedy HS) had her second double figure scoring performance of the 2003-04 season. She recorded her team high 15 points in just 16 minutes of action, make three field goals, hitting two three point baskets and draining 3 of 4 free throws.

Freshman Jenny Olson (Loon Lake, WA/Deer Park HS) continued to demonstrate that she was having no problem stepping up to the faster and more physical college game. Her six rebounds, 3 offensive and 3 defensive, were a team high.

What threw Evergreen off initially was intense ball pressure and overplaying of the passing lanes by Saint Martin's. The twenty turnovers the Geoducks had in the first half resulted in many easy scoring opportunities for the Saints. But Evergreen showed the ability to learn from their mistakes and adapt. In the second twenty minutes of play, the coin was reversed and Saint Martin's had a harder time keeping hold of the basketball, committed 11 turnovers to Evergreen's 10.

With the King Oscar Classic and the Saint Martin's game behind them, Evergreen will now take their game on the road. Monday (Nov. 17), you will find them in Walla Walla, playing the Warriors in a 6:00 p.m. game.

The Geoducks next home game is not until Dec. 13, when they host NCAA Div. II Central Washington. Start time for that game is also schedule for 6:00 p.m.