McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Taking to the road for the first time this season, the Evergreen Geoducks earned a 63-56 win over the Linfield Wildcats in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Friday night at Ted Wilson Gymnasium in McMinnville, Ore.
After Linfield scored first the Geoducks took control building an eight-point lead, 12-4 just over six minutes into the game. The Wildcats tied things up at 18-18 with 3:47 left in the period but a four-point run in the final minute gave the Geoducks a 26-22 halftime lead.
Linfield came out strong in the second half, taking the lead on a jumper by Taylor Solomon but the Geoducks retook the lead on a jumper by Brittany Gray (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS/Skagit Valley CC) with 15:05 left on the clock and the Geoducks never looked back. The Evergreen lead hit double-digits with 7:01 left to go and while the lead dipped back into single-digits, the Geoducks remained in control as they earned the 63-56 win.
Evergreen was led by 17 points and 11 rebounds from Gray. Senior Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS/Edmonds CC) added 14 points while Sadee Jones (Belfair, Wash./North Mason HS) added 11 points in the win. The Geoducks held a slight advantage on the glass, outrebounding Linfield 38-35.
Linfield was led by 13 points each from Katelyn Henson and Quincy Gibson. Linfield shot 40.8% from the field, making 20-of-49 attempts.
The Geoducks return to Olympia on Saturday night when they take on 17th-ranked Lewis & Clark. Tip with the Pioneers is set for 6 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.