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#26 Oregon Tech Over Evergreen 53-40

January 29, 2005

Olympia, WA - Except for an 80 second stretch midway through the second half, the Evergreen women's basketball team went toe to toe with the Oregon Tech Lady Owls in a match-up of the first and fourth place teams in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

The 26th-ranked Owls came in to Evergreen's Campus Recreation Center riding an 11 game winning streak. But the Geoducks looked like they might be able to end the run as they held Oregon Tech to 34 percent shooting for the half with Tech going 2-11 from behind the arc.

Owl Nikki McElligott's sterling play made up for Tech's shooting woes as she led all players with five rebounds in the half and trailed only Evergreen's Dalia Gomez in points, scoring nine to Gomez's 11. But McElligott picked up two quick fouls and was forced to spend five minutes on the bench, giving Evergreen a chance to chip away at the slim Oregon Tech lead.

Trailing by five, Gomez block a three point try from Tech's Samantha Gilbert and converted a lay up to cut the lead to three. On the Owls' next possession Danielle Keenan stole a pass and Gomez converted again to pull the Geoducks to within one at 21-20.

McElligott came back into the game and quickly grabbed an offensive rebound and netted a ten foot turn-around jumper. But Geoduck Heather Hyde answered just before the break with a three pointer to tie the game at 25-25.

The second half remained tight until the 10:10 mark when the Owls went on a seven point run over a stretch of a minute and twenty seconds.

McElligott led the charge as she converted an offensive rebound into two points.

When Evergreen turned the ball over on their next two possessions the Owls hit two free throws and Laura Ivancie converted a three point play to give the Owls a ten point lead that proved to be the difference in the game.

McElligott finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds as Evergreen lost the battle of the boards 53-40.

Geoduck Dalia Gomez led all scorers with 18 points. Heather Hyde added seven and Jenny Olson scored six for Evergreen while the usually potent Kamrica Ary-Turner was held to just three points.

The loss drops Evergreen to 12-11 overall and 7-6 in conference play while Tech advances to 17-6 for the season and 12-1 against Cascade opponents.