Senior guard Kristen Zompetti, Evergreen Athlete of the Week

Assistant Coach Curtis Norwood giving Kristen Zompetti instructions
prior to checking into the game.

December 12, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - Sometimes taking a year off from the game of basketball can make you a better player. It did for Seattle, WA, native Kristen Zompetti.

This week, starting at the point guard spot, Zompetti played two outstanding games and was named the Evergreen Athlete of the Week.

Saturday (Dec. 6) at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., she saw thirty-eight minutes of action and produced a 9 point, 2 rebounds, 3 turnovers and 2 steal game. Her biggest contribution in contest was her leadership. In one of the most exciting games of the season, Evergreen fought Lewis & Clark right down to the win and lost by a slim 2-points, 53-51.

"Kristen is a very controlled player," said head women's basketball coach Monica Heuer. "She is in control of her emotions, does not get flustered under pressure and runs the offense as we designed it."

Wednesday (Dec. 10) at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, Zompetti was the game high scorer with 25-points, in a 81-72 loss to the Loggers. Its was the fourth time this season she has lead the team in scoring, also scoring a game high 25-point at Pacific, Nov. 22.

"Kristen's scoring at UPS was needed," Heuer said, "but it is also deceiving. Kristen is a very unselfish point guard and we have to tell her all the time to look for her shot. Wednesday, she took advantage of what UPS gave her."
Three years ago, Heuer's first season as head women's basketball coach, Zompetti was a much different player. One of three players to transfer from Highline Community College, she played behinds Thunderbird teammate Chandre Rathke and Belqui Guardado, who both averaged more than 10 points per game. Last season she took a year off from the game to focus on academics and get her personal life more in line with her goals.

"There wasn't a day I did not come into the gym and see Kristen shooting and working on her game." Coach Heuer added. "This years she is a lot tougher, mentally and physically."