Team play inconsistent in loss to Linfield at home 49-65

November 25, 2006

Olympia, WA - The first minutes of the game looked promising for Evergreen as the Geoducks trailed by just one basket five minutes in. When Linfield College began their barrage of field goals that put them 12 points ahead nine minutes into the game, Evergreen had no immediate answers in their offense or defense.

Porcia Jackson of Linfield College was first to score with two baskets but Evergreen answered back with a 3 point shot by Melissa Evans and a field goal by Jennifer Solberg. The close game didn't last long as four different players on Linfield's squad tallied 10 points to give the Tigers a 12 point lead at the halfway point of the first period. Evergreen was never able to get closer than 9 points by the close of the first half as they only made nine of twenty-three attempts count.

While it was the shooting that cost Evergreen in the first half, the team was hurt by fouls and turnovers in the second. The Geoducks closed to within four points in the first five minutes with some earnest play by Solberg and Evans and Ashley Miller. Although both teams were closely matched in game stats, it was Linfield's ability to capitalize on Evergreen's mistakes that closed the game.

Both teams made well under half of their shot attempts in the second half with Evergreen out shooting the Tigers 40% to 30%. Linfield players toed the free throw line 18 times in the second half following Evergreen fouls and made 13 of those shots allowing them to pull ahead by as much as 19 points in the final minutes.

Head coach Monica Heuer was visibly frustrated with the team play and urged the geoducks to take to the game court what they have practiced this season.

Game highs for Evergreen belonged to Evans and Solberg who both totaled 16 points in the game. Danielle Keenan led in rebounds with 7.

Evergreen next plays at Seattle University Tuesday November 28th at 5:30 PM

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