OLYMPIA, Wash. – Held to just 25.5% shooting on the night, the Evergreen Geoducks couldn’t find a way to keep up with the Pacific Boxers, falling 57-31 in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Tuesday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
Both teams struggled to find their touch early as neither team was able to get into double-digits until a jumper by Aunhea Walla put Pacific up, 10-5, with 7:22 to go in the first half. The Geoducks eventually found their shot and kept it close for a bit, trailing just seven at the break at 22-15.
In the second half, it was the Boxers who came out fighting, pushing the lead deep into the teens and hitting 20 on a jumper by Kaila Johnson that gave Pacific a 37-17 lead with 13:24 left to play. Evergreen managed to keep things even for most of the remainder of the game but the differential was too large to overcome as Pacific earnd the 57-31 non-conference win.
Evergreen was led by nine points and 10 rebounds from junior Danielle Swain (Rainier, Wash./Black Hills HS), who also added four blocks in the loss. As a team, the Geoducks forced 23 Pacific turnovers but struggled to capitalize, scoring just eight points off turnovers.
Pacific was led by 16 points from Paige Jensen, who also added nine rebounds to just miss the double-double. The Boxers shot 51.3% on the night, making 20-of-39 attempts. Pacific also did a good job controlling the glass, outrebounding the Geoducks, 37-26.
Evergreen will look to bounce back on Thursday night when they play host to Montana State Northern in another non-conference tilt. Tip with the Skylights is set for 6 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.