Published February 10, 2013
Swain rejects foe’s attempt to force OTGRANT CLARK
Danielle Swain was hoping to hit the winning shot on senior night. She’ll settle for a block. Swain notched a double-double – 14 points, 12 rebounds – and six blocked shots, including Melissa Sweat’s potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer, to keep The Evergreen State College’s postseason hopes alive with a 68-65 win over Southern Oregon in Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball Saturday. “I was nervous I was going to get whistled for a foul,” said Swain, a graduate of Black Hills High School. “I thought it was clean, but you never know.” The win snaps a six-game skid for Evergreen (6-15 overall, 5-12 CCC). The Geoducks, who are a half-game behind Concordia and Corban for seventh place in the CCC, close out the regular season at Northwest University in Kirkland next Saturday. The top eight teams advance to the conference tournament. Sammi Clark scored a game-high 18 points for Evergreen, which shot 42.1 percent from the field. The solid offensive effort comes a day after the Geoducks shot a chilly 22.6 percent in a 46-35 loss to Oregon Tech. “Defense hasn’t been our problem this year,” Geoducks coach Monica Heuer said. “We just haven’t been able to put the ball in the basket with any consistency.” Swain’s 3-pointer pushed the Geoducks’ lead to 64-55. “I think it gave us some energy down the stretch,” Swain said. The Raiders (19-9, 8-8) cut it 66-65 on Carly Meister’s putback with 18 seconds to play. Clark’s layup then set up Swain’s block at the buzzer. Jessica Denmon scored 11 points for Evergreen. Alexi Smith scored 16 points and Meister, a graduate of Elma High, had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Raiders. Southern Oregon men 75, Evergreen 56: The Raiders opened with a 17-2 run to hand the host Geoducks (2-23, 1-16 CCC) their 14th consecutive loss. Frankie Johnson scored 22 points and Cody Peters added 15 for the Geoducks. Five players scored in double figures for the Raiders (20-8, 11-5).