OLYMPIA - The playoff hopes of The Evergreen State women's basketball team may be on life support, but its pulse became a little stronger Saturday night.
A quick start and a solid defensive effort helped the Geoducks stay alive for the Cascade Collegiate Conference’s eighth and final postseason berth with a 72-63 win over visiting Corban College.
There’s quite a bit of basketball remaining – six conference games to go on the schedule – but a slow start to the season leaves the Geoducks (9-14 overall, 4-7 CCC) with virtually no wiggle room.
“I think we’re really starting to figure each other out,” said senior Katie Garcin, who helped her team win back-to-back games for the first time since November. “We’re peaking at the right time now, and there’s no better time to be peaking than during the second half of league.”
TESC got off to a 7-0 lead Saturday, and maintained an advantage for much of the first half until the Warriors (8-15, 3-8) cut the deficit to 15-13 with 7:25 to play until halftime. Tana Palmason answered with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead back up to five. Corban, which connected on 8 of 25 first-half field goal attempts, trailed 30-25 at halftime.
Palmason came off the bench to finish with 18 points, almost all of which seemed to come during key moments. Geoducks coach Monica Heuer was pleased with the minutes provided by her junior forward and the work done by her bench as a whole.
“That’s exactly what we look for from our bench,” she said. “Our bench needs to be ready because we’ll put them in. And they were ready tonight, and Tana played great.”
Corban, a Salem, Ore., school, made things interesting during the second half and actually took the lead at 37-36 with 15:37 to play. But the Warriors never built anything more than a modest advantage, and a Latrina Woods layup off an Angel Stewart steal with 11:39 to play gave the Geoducks the lead for good.
Woods, normally TESC’s leading scorer, finished with 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Garcin added 11 points. Emily Tsugawa scored a game-high 19 points for Corban, 15 of coming during the second half. Katie Steigleman added 17 for the Warriors.
Troyer, Menefee lead Geoducks past Warriors
Josh Troyer, Nate Menefee and the Evergreen State men’s team managed to fend off a surprisingly pesky Corban College squad with a 93-84 Cascade Collegiate Conference home victory.
Troyer scored a game-high 26 points, while Menefee scored 22 points – 20 in the first half. The Geoducks (16-5, 9-2 CCC), co-conference leaders with Oregon Tech, won for the 11th time in the last 12 games. The Warriors lost their 13th game in a row.
Troyer, a 6-foot-2 junior guard, did most of his damage on the strength of a 5-for-7 night from the 3-point line. Tyrell Dixon added 12 points, and Anthony Gallagher finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Ben Potloff scored 25 points to lead a group of five players who finished in double figures for the Warriors (6-15, 1-9). Erik Conrath added 19 and Nash Keene chipped in 13.