Geoducks Off Their Mark in Conference Opener

Story courtesy of Corban Sports Information

December 5, 2008

Salem, OR - Behind veteran leadership from senior Kailey Bostwick and Jennesa Miller, Corban's women's basketball team picked up their third overall win of the season thanks to a 61-47 win over Evergreen to open conference play Friday night inside the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center.

Starting their 2008-09 conference campaign, the Warriors hosted an Evergreen squad that had been unbeaten on the season, coming in with an impressive 5-0 mark. Unfortunately for the Geoducks, that undefeated mark would end tonight.

In the opening minute and a half of the game, Corban fell behind thanks to a 5-0 run by the Geoducks to earn an early five-point advantage with 18:30 showing on the clock.

That would be the largest lead of the game for the Geoducks.

Behind a set of jumpers from Bostwick, Miller, and freshman Katie Steigleman , the Warriors took over the lead by one (10-9). With 12:59 showing on the clock, Bostwick added a pair of free throws, and the Warriors had a three-point lead (12-9).

The Warriors would make that lead five points (16-11) with 9:05 left on the clock, thanks to a lay-up by freshman Joani Reimer. From there, the Geoducks would use another five-point run over the next three minutes to tie the game at 16-16 with 6:44 left in the half.

After tying the ball game, the Warriors went on a 12-6 run that included a pair of free throws from Steigleman with five seconds left to end the half with a 28-22 lead.

In the second half, Corban used an opening 13-5 run in the first 5:03 to grab a 14-point lead (41-27), including four points each by Miller and junior Monique Tribble.

The Geoducks would battle back and cut the Warrior lead to seven (46-39) with 10:08 left in the game. In response, Corban went on a 6-1 run over the next three minutes to stop the Geoduck run and led the game by 14 points (54-40) with 7:06 remaining in the game. From there, the Warriors simply would not let Evergreen back in the game, putting the game seemingly out of reach with a game-high 19-point lead (61-42) with only 2:03 left.

Evergreen rallied to end the game on a 5-0 run but it was too little, too late for the Geoducks, as Corban won the game by the final margin of 14 points (61-47).

Along with Miller's game-high 12-point scoring performance, Bostwick was the only other Warrior in double figures with 10 points to go along with a team-high seven assists. Steigleman, Tribble, Reimer, and freshman Becky Buhler rounded out the Warriors' scoring posting nine, seven, six, and six points respectively.

Evergreen was led by Rosalind Lee's 10-point, 10-rebound performance, while a trio of Geoducks -- Alex Saab, Kristi Auckland, and Britney Knotts -- rounded out the scoring with eight, six, and five points respectively.

As a team, the Warriors shot 23-for-52 (44.2%) from the field, as well as 14-for-19 (73.7%) from the line. The Warriors only shot four times behind the arc, shooting 1-for-4 (25.0%) from behind the three-point line. On the opposite side, Evergreen shot 17-for-60 (28.3%) from the field that included a 4-for-18 (22.2%) outing from behind the arc and 9-for-21 (42.9%) from the charity stripe.

The Warrior squad improves to 3-4 overall, including a 1-0 conference mark. With the loss, Evergreen drops their first game of the season, dropping to a 5-1 overall, and a 0-1 conference mark.

Evergreen plays Concordia in Portland Saturday night at 5:30 PM

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