Evergreen and Seattle University battle
December 15, 2005
Olympia, WA - It was an obvious battle in Evergreen's gym tonight as the Geoducks took on the Seattle University Redhawks. With 18 fouls between the two teams in just the first half, the Geoducks came out to beat the Redhawks for the first time in school history and Seattle came to defend their record.
The first half started off equally, although approximately 7 minutes into the game the Redhawks stepped up their defense and the Geoducks began to falter and recorded 17 turnovers to Seattle 's 7. Evergreen was dry from behind the three point arc going 0-5 though Seattle only had 1-3, but in field goals the two teams were fairly equal, Evergreen shooting 42.9% to the Redhawks 43.3%. Once Seattle took the lead they ran and the Geoducks weren't able to get within 8 points again and the half ended at 20-30.
Junior, Jenny Olson, led Evergreen in scoring and rebounding for the half with 7 points and 4 rebounds, while Seattle's sophomore, Liana Sobczak, put down 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Second half the battle continued and it's rather surprisingly there wasn't blood shed, neither of these teams were going to let up. The difference was on the offensive end, Seattle 's shots were dropping where as Evergreen couldn't seem to buy a bucket and at one point the Redhawks led by 18 points. Free throws once again became a large part as the Geoducks went 9-20 from the charity stripe, which was the point differential of the final score.
Slowly the Geoducks began to creep back and brought the score within 9 with 1:27 left in the game, but they were not able to get past that mark and the game ended with Seattle winning their fourth straight game 55-46.
Olson continued to lead the team and once again recorded another double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, for her fifth of the season. Junior, Ashley Payne, scored Seattle 's team high with 15 for the game and Sobczak continued to lead for rebounds with 8.
The Evergreen ladies will be on the road next week as they begin their conference season, traveling to Ashland, OR on Tuesday, December 20 to take on Southern Oregon University at 5:30 p.m.