Second-Half Comeback Lifts SOU Over Oregon Tech
Oregon Tech's Aundrea Albright led all scorers. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
ASHLAND – A Southern Oregon 14-0 second-half run, along with Oregon Tech’s inability to hit layups and convert free throws in both halfs, lifted the Raiders to a 57-53 win in Cascade Collegiate Conference women's basketball action Saturday night at Bob Riehm Arena.
Oregon Tech falls to 16-3 overall, and is now in a five-way tie atop the CCC standings in the loss column, at 5-2 in conference play. Southern Oregon improves to 11-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play with the win.
Oregon Tech returns to action Jan. 13, in Kirkland, Wash. versus Northwest University beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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; however, SOU’s Haley Newell would hit a three-pointer with under a minute remaining in the period to make it a 10-point game at the half.
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. An SOU layup would then spark a 14-point Raider run and gave the hosts their first lead since the opening minutes.
Tech would regain the lead, but SOU’s quickly moved back on top, 46-45, with 5:01 remaining in the game. The Raiders then took a five-point lead on a three-point play with less than four minutes to go.
Albright and Colleen Hunt made back-to-back buckets to pull within 51-50, but a second three-point play in a two minute span gave the edge back to the home team. Oregon Tech again pulled within one on a Conditt three-point play in the final minute, but a steal and a pair of SOU free throws with seconds remaining squashed any Oregon Tech hopes of a win.
Oregon Tech lost despite holding SOU to less than 30 percent in the contest (19-of-64), including only 2-of-17 from beyond the arc. Oregon Tech also out-rebounded SOU 53-to-39 in the game.
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