Evergreen Shines in Second Half for 84-71 Win

OLYMPIA, Wash. – After shooting just 38.9% in the first half, the Evergreen Geoducks exploded for 50 points in the second half to pick up their 13th win of the season with an 84-71 victory over the Concordia Cavaliers in a Cascade Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

The Cavaliers were ready to play early as CU scored the first six points of the game, pushing the lead into double-digits with 12:01 left to go in the opening period.  Concordia continued to hold the lead for the rest of the half but a three-pointer by Natasha Trinidad (Tacoma, Wash./River Ridge HS/Pierce CC) with nine seconds left pulled the Geoducks within two at 36-34.

In the second half, the Geoducks took their first lead of the game on a free throw following a made basket by Sadee Jones (Belfair, Wash./North Mason HS).  Evergreen didn’t look back as the green and white connected on 63.3% of their second half attempts as the lead hit double-digits with just under eight minutes to play on a jumper by senior Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS/Edmonds CC) Concordia tried to get back in it but a balanced Evergreen offense never gave them a chance as six players finished in double-digits to give the Geoducks the 84-71 win.

Evergreen was led by 16 points each from Clark and Brittany Gray (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS/Skagit Valley CC) as Gray also added 12 rebounds for the double-double.  LaNiecia Weatherspoon (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS/Yakima Valley CC) added 15 points off the bench while Trinidad and senior Jessica Denmon (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS/Skagit Valley CC) each put up 11 points in the win.  Jones finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds to earn the double-double and wrap up the Geoduck scorers in double-digits.

Concordia was led by a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds from Caitlyn McCutcheon.  Lexi Campbell added 19 points while Kelly Huey put up 11 points.  The Cavaliers were outrebounded on the night, 47-31.

Evergreen hits the road next weekend to wrap up the regular season.  The Geoducks will be at College of Idaho on Friday before visiting Eastern Oregon on Saturday.

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