SOU hands OIT women third loss



ASHLAND, Ore. – Southern Oregon used a 14-0 second-half run to overcome a double-digit deficit as the Raiders defeated Oregon Tech 57-53 in Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball action Saturday night at Bob Riehm Arena.

Southern Oregon improves to 11-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play with the win, while Oregon Tech falls to 16-3 overall and 5-2 in the CCC.

Angelica Cahee finished with 12 points to lead SOU, and RaTanya Newsome added 11 for the Raiders. Nalani Hernandez posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and added three blocks and two steals in the win.

Aundrea Albright led all scorers with 14 points for Oregon Tech, with Kassi Conditt adding 11 points and Colleen Hunt tallying 10.

Oregon Tech limited Southern Oregon to 25 percent shooting (8-of-32) in the first half as the Owls built a 33-23 halftime lead. The Owls’ biggest lead of the contest came just before the half when Morgan Hofman’s layup gave the visitors a 13-point advantage, but Haley Newell hit a three-pointer in the final minute of the period to make it a 10-point game.

Oregon Tech maintained its lead early in the second half, holding a 45-34 advantage with 12:46 to play following a pair of Karissa Dixon free throws. Newsome hit a layup to spark a 14-point SOU streak that brought the Raiders back into the game and gave the hosts their first lead since the opening minutes.

Hernandez made the jumper that put SOU back on top, 46-45, with 5:01 remaining in the game. Kiara Moore followed that up with a jumper of her own, and the Raiders took a five-point lead on a three-point play by Cahee with less than four minutes to go.

Albright and Hunt made back-to-back buckets to pull within 51-50, but Cahee completed her second three-point play in two minutes when she was fouled on a layup and made the free throw. Oregon Tech again pulled within one on a Conditt three-point play in the final minute, but Cahee made a pair of free throws with 18 seconds remaining and Newsome sealed the win with a free throw in the closing seconds.

The Raiders won despite shooting less than 30 percent in the contest (19-of-64), including only 2-of-17 from beyond the arc. Oregon Tech out-rebounded SOU 53-to-39 in the game, but the Raiders’ +9 turnover margin and clutch shooting down the stretch earned the victory.