KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — In what has been a rewarding season already for the Oregon Tech Lady Owls, this weekend’s game against rival Southern Oregon will dictate how successful the OIT year finishes.
Oregon Tech enters Saturday’s game against the Raiders with a 19-6 overall record, a far improvement from its 11-19 mark a year ago.
Hosting a Cascade Conference playoff game seemed like a sure thing a couple weeks ago, but losses in four of its last seven games have moved OIT from first to fifth in the conference standings. Only the top four teams open the CCC tournament at home.
Southern Oregon started OIT’s under-.500 run, beating the Lady Owls in Ashland 57-53 on Jan. 7.
Audio: Oregon Tech head women’s basketball coach Scott Meredith
Since, Oregon Tech lost both games against College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon at home and fell 53-37 last week at Warner Pacific, the lowest OIT scoring output all season.
SOU snapped a four-game losing skid last weekend at Concordia, winning 64-60. The Raiders are 3-4 dating back to the win over Oregon Tech.
Haley Newell leads SOU in scoring at 11.4 points per game, with Josi McDermott at 10.0 points per game.
Senior Aundrea Albright is tops for the Lady Owls at 10.8 points per game.
Audio: Oregon Tech senior Aundrea Albright
The Raiders (13-11; 4-9) are in seventh place in the conference, two games ahead of ninth-place Evergreen State College. Only the top eight teams make the postseason tournament.
The game broadcast available starting at 5:15 PM on 960 the Sports Legend.
Head-to-Head (2011-2012 Stats)
Oregon Tech vs Southern Oregon – Women’s Basketball
Points Per Game: OIT 65.8; SOU 65.5
Rebounding Margin: OIT +11.4; SOU +2.5
Field Goal Percentage: OIT 42.4; SOU 34.6
3-Point Percentage: OIT 31.6; SOU 28.8
Free Throw Percentage: OIT 68.6; SOU 63.5
Assists Per Game: OIT 12.4; SOU 10.2
Leading Scorers: OIT: Aundrea Albright 10.8; SOU: Haley Newell 11.4
Other Cascade Conference women’s games
Concordia at Evergreen State College – 5:30 PM
No. 8 Eastern Oregon at Northwest Christian – 5:30 PM
Warner Pacific at Northwest – 5:30 PM
College of Idaho at No. 13 Corban – 5:30 PM