CALDWELL, Idaho – After exchanging runs in the first half, the College of Idaho Coyotes used a strong second half to pull past the Evergreen Geoducks, 62-47, in a Cascade Conference women’s basketball game on Friday night at Albertson Activities Center in Caldwell, Idaho.
The Geoducks (4-17, 2-10 CCC) took the initial lead on a three-ball by Jessica Edge (Lake Stevens, Wash./Skagit Valley CC) but the Coyotes (14-7, 9-3 CCC) quickly built a nine-point lead midway through the period. Evergreen, who earned a 63-60 win over CI earlier this season, used their confidence to score eight unanswered and tie things up. College of Idaho used an additional run to pull ahead by seven but the Geoducks dug deep to pull within four at halftime, 26-22.
The ‘Yotes pushed the lead into double-digits following a three-point play by Laura Geis with 16:10 left to go but Edge hit a three on the next trip down the court to pull back within seven, 37-30, and Sami Clark (Monroe, Wash./Edmonds CC) hit a jumper to cut the lead to just five. CI went on another run, again pulling ahead by double-digits midway through the half.
Unfortunately for Evergreen, the Geoducks were unable to find a run like they had earlier as the ‘Yotes gradually began pulling away. Outscoring the green and white, 36-25, in the second half, College of Idaho earned their ninth conference win with the 62-47 win.
Evergreen was led by 21 points from Edge, who also had three blocks for the Geoducks. Danielle Swain (Rainier, Wash./Black Hills HS) added 11 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds. The Geoducks had a season-high nine three-pointers on 15 attempts.
College of Idaho was paced by 19 points from Laura Geis. Felicity Jones, Dayna Drager and Kylie Hardison all added 10 points in the win. The ‘Yotes took advantage of 32 turnovers by the Geoducks, putting up 32 points following Evegreen miscues.
The Geoducks will look to snap their losing streak on Saturday night when they take on Eastern Oregon in La Grande, Ore. Tip with the Mountaineers is set for 5:30 pm.