OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Evergreen Geoducks fought back from an 11-point deficit in the second half but they couldn’t complete the comeback, falling to the Northwest Eagles, 76-73, in a Cascade Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
After Evergreen held a three-point lead at the break, a six-point run to start the second half put the Eagles up by three points just over 90 seconds into the period. Northwest grabbed their biggest lead of the game with 11:10 left to go as Sanda Milovic hit a jumper in the pain to put NU ahead, 58-47.
The Geoducks used a run of their own to tie things up with 1:37 to go as Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS/Edmonds CC) completed a 14-4 run to pull even at 69-69. NU hit a jumper on their next possession to retake the lead and the Eagles never looked back, holding on for the 76-73 win.
Evergreen was led by 26 points from Clark, who also had four assists on the night. Jessica Denmon (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS/Skagit Valley CC) added 13 points and eight assists as the only other Geoduck in double-digit scoring. The Geoducks controlled the glass, outrebounding the Eagles, 37-27 on the night.
Northwest was led by 26 points and 10 assists from Domi Mendezona. Milovic added 21 points in the win while Chanara Greene put up 10 points to go with eight rebounds in just 18 minutes played. NU shot 18 of 21 from the charity stripe to earn the conference win.
The Geoducks will hit the road next week, traveling to Oregon Tech on Friday and Southern Oregon on Saturday.