Needed Win Boosts Geos
February 7, 2009
Eugene, OR - The Geoducks get their 5th conference win and improve their record to 10-13 overall and 5-11 in the CCC) after their 64-57 victory over Northwest Christian University. The win also bumps ESC back into contention for a spot in the conference tournament.
Three NCU players fouled out on Saturday night to ESC's benefit, but the Beacon's Elise Gray scored 23 points to lead NCU and all players in scoring.
Gray scored the Beacons first eight points of the game keeping NCU in a tight contest that saw three ties and six lead changes over the first seven minutes.
The Beacons were ahead 10-9 when the Geoducks went on a run, scoring ten points in a row.
Evergreen was still ahead 26-17 with 4:27 to play but the Beacons were able to close out the first half with a strong run, scoring seven points, including six from Gray.
At the intermission Evergreen had a slim 26-24 lead with NCU keeping close thanks to Gray's 19 first half points, hitting 8-for-12 from the field.
The Beacons looked like they were going to make a charge as McKenzie Gambee hit back-to-back turnaround jumpers to give NCU a brief 28-26 lead. But Keisha McDonald was fouled with 18:15 remaining and hit both free-throws to tie the game and the Geoducks were off to the races.
Northwest Christian had three players in foul trouble even from the first half and Gambee, Katey Monteith and Calie McVicker all saw limited court time in the second half before the trio fouled out in the final moments.
Evergreen was led by Kristi Auckland, scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds, her 9th double double game of the season. Katie Garcin came off the bench for 11 points and Alex Saab added ten points, six assists and three steals.
Gray finished her night shooting 9-for-22, adding four rebounds and three steals to her 23 points. NCU also got nine points from Jacquie Lipp off the bench.
The Geoducks face two strong opponents on the road this weekend. Friday they head to Caldwell, Idaho for a game versus #9 NAIA College of Idaho. Saturday they'll match with the Mounties of Eastern Oregon.