Geoducks Outlast Southern Oregon 65-56

January 28, 2005

Olympia, WA - A scrappy Southern Oregon women's basketball team gave the surging Geoducks a run for their money tonight at The Evergreen State College Campus Recreation Center.

The Raiders, bottom-dwellers in the Cascade Conference, jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game prompting Evergreen head coach Monica Heuer to call a time out. After the break, the Geoducks scored the next 18 points as Heather Hyde and Kamrica Ary-Turner each hit two field goals.

Evergreen shot nearly 47 percent for the half, while the Raiders were a bit cooler from the field at 32 percent. But Southern Oregon managed to hold Evergreen's lead to eight points going into the locker room.

Evergreen opened the second half with a nine to two run opening up a 42-25 lead as Heather Hyde hit a jumper with 16:45 to play.

It looked like the Geoducks would cruise to an easy victory but the game got sloppy as the Raiders went to a full court press and Evergreen got into foul trouble.

Freshman forward Kamrica Ary-Turner put the Raiders into the bonus when she fouled out with with 9:26 to play. The Raiders used 23 second-half free throw opportunities to climb back into the game. Evergreen saw their lead slip to four points at 55-51 with 4:23 to play when Ashley Miller and Stephanie MacDuff each picked up technical fouls over a four-minute span.

But Evergreen used second chance points and made free-throws down the stretch to seal the game at 65-56 and move to 7-5 in conference play.

Heather Hyde led the Geoducks in scoring with 16 points and had a game-high eight rebounds. Jenny Olson added 11 points.

Andi Peterson and Chelsea Brock had 19 and 13 points respectively for the Raiders.

The Raiders are now 2-10 in conference play and 3-20 for the season. Evergreen moves to 12-10 as they look toward tomorrow night's game against Oregon Tech who is tied for the league lead at 10-1.