Evergreen not prepared for Cal-State Hayward's full-court pressure

Jenny Olson

December 20, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - The Evergreen State College Women's Basketball team faced an opponent tonight they have never seen before.

This was the first time that the Cal-State Hayward Pioneers (1-0 Northern California Athletic Conference, 6-1 Overall) and the Evergreen Geoducks (0-2 Cascade Conference, 1-13 Overall) have played each other in the seven years of Evergreen Women's Basketball. Plus, the Pioneers had speed and played physical in the paint, two combinations that Evergreen had not seen so far this season.

In the end, Hayward handed Evergreen their 10th consecutive loss, 13th of the season, 61-50. After committing four consecutive turnovers to start the game, Evergreen regrouped on an Alicia Riddle (Portland, OR/Benson Polytechnic HS) three-point shot that put the Geoducks ahead 3-2. Evergreen maintain the lead through the first 11-minutes, falling behind when Hayward scored their 17th point.

Lack of bench scoring prevented the Geoducks from regaining the lead and by halftime trailed 31-27. In the first half, Hayward got 20-points off the bench and Evergreen's bench answered with only 7-points.

To start the second half, Cal-State opened with a 1-2-1-1 full court press, that transitioned into a half court trapping defense once the Evergreen got the ball past half-court. The pressure forced the Geoducks to commit 14 turnovers and limited their offensive scoring to just 23-points in the 2nd half.

Riddle, who sprained her ankle in the first half of the Albertson game on Thursday (Dec. 18), had a game high 14-points, scoring all of her field goals (4) from three-point range.

Freshman Jenny Olson (Loon Lake, WA/Deer Park HS) was the only other Evergreen player in double figures. Her 13 points and 10 rebounds was the first double-double game of her college career.

Kristen Zompetti (Seattle, WA/Kennedy HS), who previously had produced three consecutive twenty plus games and a 19-point game in the last four contests, was limited to eight points.

Evergreen will take now take a Christmas break and be back on the floor Dec. 29. That Monday night, they will host Lewis & Clark College from Portland, Ore. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The webstreaming pre-game show will begin at 5:30 p.m.