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Geoducks Overcome Flu and Warner Pacific in Conference Win

January 12, 2005

Portland, OR- For the second game in a row, The Evergreen State College women's basketball team was on the winning end of a two-point ball game as the Geoducks downed conference rival Warner Pacific 51-49.

"The girls showed a lot of effort and character tonight getting a road win," said head coach Monica Heuer. Heuer was referring to the fact that a touch of the flu hit the team over the last two days. Senior Heather Hyde played despite a 103 degree temperature and sophomore Jenny Olson led the Evergreen attack with 18 points and 5 rebounds despite throwing up as the team entered the arena. Senior point guard Stephanie MacDuff added nine points and played some terrific defense despite the fact that she was also under the weather.

The Geoducks used a balanced attack to overcome the Knights as all nine Evergreen players that saw action managed to put points on the board.

"Leslie Jacobs gave us some great minutes and allowed us to rest some of the sick players in the first half," said Heuer. "And Danielle Keenan is really playing well right now. She is a great defensive presence and is going to the hoop really well."

The Geoducks trailed 25-31 at the break, but held the Knights to 18 second-half points on 23.8 percent shooting to climb back into the game. Warner Pacific's Angie Sun had a game high 21 points while Amber Stevens tossed in 11.

With the win the Geoducks move to 8-9 overall and 3-4 in conference play while Warner Pacific drops to 3-15, 0-6 in the conference.

Evergreen will play their next four games on the road as the are at Northwest University on Friday followed by games at Cascade College, Eastern Oregon and Albertson.