OLYMPIA, Wash. – Junior forward Danielle Swain (Rainier, Wash./Black Hills HS) scored a game-high 13 points but the Evergreen Geoducks couldn’t hold off the visiting Saint Martin’s Saints, falling 47-37 in a women’s basketball exhibition on Tuesday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
The Geoducks held the lead early as the Saints had a hard time finding their touch offensively. After falling behind 7-1, SMU pulled even at 7-7 and the two teams continued to trade baskets. The Saints took their first lead of the game with 3:46 left to go in the opening period and SMU pushed the lead to four-points at halftime, 20-16.
In the second half, the Saints came out shooting as the lead hit double-digits with 12:02 left in the game and stayed in the teens nearly the rest of the way. Sophomore Sadee Jones (Belfair, Wash./North Mason HS) hit a jumper with two minutes left that pulled the Geoducks back within nine but it was too little, too late as Saint Martin’s earned the 47-37 win.
Evergreen was led by the 13 points form Swain, who also added seven rebounds in the exhibition loss. Senior Jessica Edge (Lake Stevens, Wash./Skagit Valley CC) finished with seven rebounds as well, also adding six points and five assists on the night. The Geoducks shot just 30.0% for the game, making 15-of-50 attempts.
Saint Martin’s was led by 12 points from Brooke Paulson. Chelsea Haskey led the Saints with seven rebounds on the night while Angela Gelhar recorded four steals in the win. The Saints shot 40.9% from the field, making 18-of-44 attempts.
Evergreen opens the season in earnest on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Tacoma, Wash. to take on Puget Sound. Tip with the Loggers is set for 3 p.m. at Memorial Fieldhouse.