KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Oregon Tech Lady Owls may have been feeling déjà vu with its second game against the College of Idaho Saturday night, as the road team Coyotes left Danny Miles Court with a 63-54 victory over the conference leaders on 2012 Pink Out night.
The win was reminiscent of OIT’s 68-42 loss in Caldwell, Idaho last month, in which Oregon Tech shot a season-low 29.6-percent. On Saturday, the Lady Owls started 9-of-32 from the field, digging a 47-32 hole.
It wasn’t until the mid-part of the second half that Oregon Tech began to look like the 18-3 team it entered the game as. When senior Aundrea Albright put in a close basket at the 9:54 mark of the second half – incidentally enough after Albright was the third Owls player to miss a shot in single possession two or three opportunities prior – that OIT’s shooting woes started to subside.
Still, the closest OIT came the rest of the way was 55-51 with 0:48 remaining, and College of Idaho (13-7; 8-3 CCC) shot better than OIT from the line down the stretch, with Oregon Tech missing 3-of-4 free throws late, after starting the game 11-of-12.
Oregon Tech was led by sophomore Karissa Dixon with 17 points. Senior Aundrea Albright added 13 more, shooting 6-of-13 for the second straight game. Tina Fakahafua had 16 points to lead three COI players in double figures.
The loss hurt Oregon Tech’s chances of pulling away from the Cascade Conference field, entering the game a half game behind Eastern Oregon – OIT’s Sunday opponent – in the conference standings. Plus, it put the Lady Owls (18-4; 7-3) in a losing situation if College of Idaho and it are tied during conference tournament seeding time, as the Coyotes swept the season series.
The Lady Owls and Eastern Oregon broadcast will be available on 92.5-FM KLAD.
Video: Sophomore Karissa Dixon following the game
Video: Oregon Tech highlights from Saturday’s game