Freshman Forward Jenny Olson, Evergreen Athlete of the Week

Freshman Jenny Olson about to score a layup over two
Cal-State Hayward players

December 24, 2003

by James J. Portune

Olympia, WA - It was evident in the first college basketball game that she played in, that freshman forward Jenny Olson (Loon Lake, WA/Deer Park HS) had the skills and possessed the athletic ability to successfully compete at the four-year college NAIA level. In a matter of time and with a few games under her belt she was going to be a player that opponents had to pay attention to.

Saturday (Dec. 20), against visiting NCAA Division III Cal-State Hayward, Olson scored 13 points and pulled down a game high 10-rebounds, in an Evergreen 61-50 loss to the Pioneers. For her first double -double performance, Olson was named the Evergreen Athlete of the Week.

"Jenny is doing everything that we have asked her to do," said Evergreen head women's basketball coach Monica Heuer. "She gets her success from having a good work ethic."

Fifteen games into her freshman season, Olson has already had three games in which she has scored 10 or more point. Her first big game came on the road at the Holy Names Tournament in Oakland, Calif., on November 28th. In that game, against host Holy Names College, she scored 10 points, one of three Evergreen players to score in double-digits.

A week later at Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Ore.), she lead Evergreen with a season high 14-points.

"Opponents are starting to take notice of her," Coach Heuer added. "She is now being double teamed in the post, something a lot of freshman don't experience."

Although Olson has been playing primarily in the paint for the Geoducks, she does have the skills and experience to play outside.

At AA Deer Park High School in Loon Lake, Wash., Olson alternated between the forward and center positions and averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds per game her senior year for the falcons. Twice, her junior and senior sessions, she was named to the Washington All-State team.

In the last two games, Olson has demonstrated that she is not a one-dimension player by draining a three-point basket at Albertson (Dec. 18) and against Cal-State Hayward. On the season, she is 2-for-9 (.222) from behind the three-point arc.

"The biggest challenge ahead of Jenny this year is playing strong through the second half of the season," stated Coach Heuer. "High School season are typically twenty-games long. We play a thirty-four game season."