OLYMPIA, Wash. – Shooting exactly 50-percent from the field, the Evergreen Geoducks put together a convincing win, 74-51, over the Concordia Cavaliers in a Cascade Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash. The win breaks a 10-game losing streak by Evergreen to the Cavs.
Both teams kept it close early on as neither squad was able to build a lead larger than three points until the 3:04 mark. Evergreen (5-19, 3-12 CCC) used an 11-3 run over the final four minutes as the Geoducks led Concordia (7-18, 3-11 CCC) by eight points at half, 35-27.
In the second half, the Geoducks pushed the lead to 20 points with 13:22 left to play and it looked like Evergreen would cruise to victory. Concordia wasn’t ready to go down without a fight and a 16-4 Cavalier run brought the visitors within eight with 7:44 left on the clock. The Cavs kept the differential hovering around the 10-point mark until the 3:45 mark but the Geoducks dug deep and used a 15-1 run to end the game up by 23, 74-51.
Evergreen was led by 23 points off the bench from sophomore Danielle Swain (Rainier, Wash./Black Hills HS). Sami Clark (Monroe, Wash./Edmonds CC) chalked up 16 points in the win while Mele Rich (Lakewood, Wash./Pierce CC) and Jessica Edge (Lake Stevens, Wash./Skagit Valley CC) each put up 11. Freshman Sadee Jones (Belfair, Wash./North Mason HS) added a game-high 15 rebounds for the Geoducks.
Concordia was led by 15 points from Rachel Scarpelli, the only Cav to reach double-digit scoring. Despite bringing down 11 offensive rebounds, the Cavaliers managed just two second-chance points, both of which came via free throw.
Evergreen hits the road next weekend as they travel to Klamath Falls, Ore. and Oregon Tech on Friday. Tip with the Owls is set for 5:30pm on Danny Miles Court.