Two statistics stood out in The Evergreen State College’s 80-70 loss to Southern Oregon in the first round of the Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball championships on Tuesday night in Ashland, Ore.
One, was rebounding: a 56-41 SOU advantage. Another, was the emergence of freshman Autumn Durand, an Onalaska native who scored a career-high 30 points to push the Red Raiders to the conference semifinals.
The Geoducks had their season end at 14-12 – their best mark since 2004-05.
While Evergreen coach Monica Heuer noted how Durand “had a stellar game,” it was the advantage on the glass that made the difference.
Six SOU players had at least five rebounds.
Evergreen’s Sammi Clark had a team-high 22 points on 9-for-24 shooting. Jessica Denmon added 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Geoducks cut their deficit to 37-34 two minutes into the second half on Denmon’s bucket. But Southern Oregon, which features Rainier High grad Kristen Schoenherr and Elma grad Carly Meister in the starting lineup, never relinquished its lead.
The loss marked the end of Heuer’s 13-year coaching tenure. She announced her resignation Feb. 3 effective at season’s end to focus on administrative duties. She has been TESC’s assistant athletic director the past five years.
“It was a great season, and we’re set for continued growth moving on,” Heuer said. “This has been a great run.”