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Geoducks lose second of the weekend, prepare for tournament

February 23, 2008

Portland, OR - Cascade held off a late charge to earn a 72-63 conference win over Evergreen Saturday night at the Thunderdome. Evergreen begins conference tournament play Tuesday.

Raquel Morin hit a jumper at the 10:53 mark in the first half to give Cascade a 14-13 lead, and the T-Birds would not trail again. The visiting Geoducks would trim a 12 point deficit down to four in the closing minutes, but clutch free throw shooting and a timely trey from Kelsey Stone allowed Cascade to hold the Greeners at bay.

Robin Swain placed Cascade with 17 points and 6 assists. Te Awhina Aranui tossed in 16 counters, and Ashley Clark added 7 points and a career high 11 rebounds.

Jennifer Solberg led Evergreen with 16 points. Kristi Aukland added 13.

Evergreen will head to Caldwell, ID to play The College of Idaho in the first round of the Cascade Conference Tournament. College of Idaho secured the No. 3 seed over Oregon Tech by sweeping its league series with the Owls. Evergreen won the tiebreaker with Northwest Christian for the No. 6 seed by having a better record vs. CCC teams which finished .500 or better in league play (3-7 compared to 1-9 for NCC).

Evergreen and NCC had split their season series. Game is scheduled to be played at 7:30 PM.

CCC Women's Basketball Tournament Pairings

Tuesday, Feb. 26 (Quarterfinals)

#8 seed Cascade at #1 seed Eastern Oregon, 7:30 p.m.

#7 seed Northwest Christian at #2 seed Southern Oregon, 7:30 p.m.

#6 seed Evergreen at #3 seed College of Idaho, 7:30 p.m.

#5 seed Concordia at #4 seed Oregon Tech, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 29 (Semifinals) Lowest remaining seed at highest remaining seed, 7:30 p.m.

Second lowest remaining seed at second highest remaining seed, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 3 (Championship) Lowest seed at highest seed, 7:30 p.m.

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