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Turnovers hurt team in 91-59 loss to St. Martin's

November 9, 2007

Lacey, WA - Coming off two losses at last weekends Carroll College Tournament the women's basketball team was looking for signs that they had worked out some early season kinks.

Unfortunately, they are not where they want to be. Fortunately, there is still a long way to go in the season.

In front of a large crowd in Lacey the Geoducks always seemed to be on the defensive as St. Martin's assertively put the ball into the basket. The Saints outshot Evergreen 52 % (29-55) from the field to Evergreen's 42.6% (23-54). SMU also tallied an impressive 87 percent (28-for-32) from the free throw line and 55 percent (5-9) from 3-point range.

The Saints came out firing, building up a 12-2 lead over the Geoducks in the first five minutes.

"We need everyone (on the team) to show up to the game", observed assistant coach Derrick Pringle afterwards. "We have good players and mentally some of them are not in the entire game".

Evergreen closed the Saints lead to tie the game at 24-24 at midway into the first half. The Geoducks charge was short lived as the team faltered to a ten point deficit at the close of the first half, trailing 33-43.

In the second half the Geoducks rushed their game and their shooting percentage fell to just 37 %. During the game the team tallied 20 turnovers, splitting 10 and 10 in each half.

Jennifer Solberg led Evergreen with 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Kristi Auckland and Leah Bradley added 12 points each. Soleberg had 4 assists in the game.

For the Saints, Kassie Ludeman led her team with 20 points, six rebounds and a blocked shot. The Saints' two guards - Michelle Short and Jamey Gelhar - combined for 37 points on a combined 13-for-19 shooting.

Evergreen will play to close-by road games next weekend in Tacoma. On Friday they play The University of Puget Sound at 6 PM and Saturday vs Linfield College at 4 PM at the Allstate Cantillana Tip-Off Classic.

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