Geoducks surge ahead to win in Oregon

November 20, 2007

Forest Grove, OR - A late second half surge was enough for Evergreen to spoil Pacific's home opener Tuesday as the Geoducks beat the Boxers 63-53 in women's basketball action at the Pacific Athletic Center.

Jennifer Solberg (Sr. Franklin Pierce HS) led the Geoducks (1-5) with 17 points and nine rebounds and Rosalind Lee (Jr. Oakland, CA) contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds to earn a double-double as Evergreen State shot 23 of 55 from the field.

Kristi Auckland (Jr, Cascade HS) combined for 14 points as the Evergreen State bench outscored the Pacific bench 20-3.

Kristina Stevens the Boxers (0-3) with 16 points while Amy Pedersen had her second double-double of the year with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Pacific shot 35 percent (23-66) for the game and 3 of 18 from three-point range.

Both teams were slow in the early minutes of the game before the Geoducks pulled ahead to a six-point lead. A three-pointer by Britney Sligh (So, Bethel HS) and alay-in by Lee put Evergreen up 17-11. The Boxers came back to within two, 19-17, on a Pedersen jumper, but a Lee three-footer and Solberg's free throw put the Geoducks ahead 22-17. Stevens connected on a five-footer just before time expired to cut the halftime lead to 22-19.

Pacific brought themselves back into the game early in the second half, taking the lead on Mallory Goldammer's free throws and building it into a four-point edge, 28-24, on Christine Kim's pointer.

The Boxers and Geoducks traded leads over the next 10 minutes before a lay-in by Solberg sparked a 17-2 run that built the Evergreen lead to 58-45 with 1:45 to go. The Boxers battled to get back in contention late, but came no closer than seven on Kalei Frank's with 18 seconds left.

Evergreen women have ten days off before returning to play on November 30th. In a women's and men's game double header, both teams will play Corban College in their first Cascade Conference game of the season.

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