Despite loss, Evergreen has an impressive second half run
December 20, 2006
Olympia, WA - Shots were not finding the basket for Evergreen's Women's Basketball team tonight in their conference game loss to the Oregon Institute of Technology. Despite closing an early game 17 point deficit by midway of the second half, the team lost 64-71.
Oregon Tech women's basketball team is currently ranked 24th in the NAIA Division II rankings and they built an early lead Wednesday when they hit four first-half 3-pointers and survived Evergreen's 10-0 run in the second half.
Shots failing to make their mark in the first half made the Geoducks scramble to get back in the game after intermission. For example, Evergreen's Jennifer Solberg, usually a strong outside shooter, made just 2 of 8 attempts outside the three point line. She went on to tally a solid 11 points in the game however.
Despite the dismal 30 percent of shots made in the first half, The Geoducks went on to post impressive stats in the game. Four players scored in the double digits, led by Joy White who tallied a season high of 17 points.
It was White who fired up the team to make a charge at OIT's large lead. Her quickness put her inside the key and she was able to convert baskets to three point plays three times after being fouled. "She played great today," Coach Monica Heuer said. "Lately she's been more concerned about running the team, but she can be a threat. We've been telling her when she sees an opportunity to go ahead an take it, and today she was great".
Evergreen began to gain what they had lost when they scored 10 straight points, with Jennifer Solberg contributing five points and knocking down a 3-pointer from the left wing. With twelve minutes left in the game, Evergreen had tied the game.
The Geoducks run lasted until Jenny Olson buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 40, but Oregon Tech answered and slowly pulled away.
Olson finished with 13 points and two blocks while Danielle Keenan and Solberg added 10 and 11 points. Keenan, who shot 3-for-6 from the floor, scored all of her points in the first half and attempted only one shot after the break. Ashley Miller led the Geoducks with eight rebounds.
Oregon Tech is a strong Cascade Conference team and tonight's game proves that Evergreen can hold their own the remainder of the season. "We still have high hopes," Heuer said. "If we can play like this against everyone else, that's what we want. This is the standard."
Oregon Tech's Amanda Doherty scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and 5-foot-5 senior guard Lindsey Carmichael hit two 3-pointers and finished with 17 points as the Owls (11-2, 4-0) won their seventh straight.
Following a holiday break, Evergreen returns to action on the 29th of December when they travel with the men's team to Albertson College of Idaho.