Lady Owls Knock Off Geoduck 51-39
Wash. - Oregon Tech led from the outset and leveled its Cascade
Collegiate Conference women's basketball record at 4-4 with a 51-39
victory Saturday at The Evergreen State College.The win gives the
Hustlin' Owls a split in their trip to Washington state, and they will
take an 11-9 record into next Saturday's game at Southern Oregon
Against ESC, the Owls gained a mental lift when Jazzy
McDaniel was able to play, coming off a pulled hamstring Friday night.
The walk-on junior forward finished with a game-high 11 rebounds. Her
efforts helped OIT dominate the backboards, 42-28. "Jazzy wasa big part
of that," OIT coach Scott Meredith said on his post-game radio show
(960 KLAD-AM). "She just changes the game inside the paint
defensively," and alluded to ESC's Latrina Woods shooting just 3-for-10
from the floor.
Woods and Tana Palmason both had 12 points for
the Geoducks. For the Hustlin' Owls, Morgan Hofman powered the offense
and the sophomore guard had a career high 16 points, including a
3-for-4 effort from three-point range.
Kellie Lewis added 12
points, while Brittany Cherry had seven rebounds and four assists.
Improved shooting was a factor for OIT, which held a trio of 16-point
leads in the game. "This was a breakout moment for Morgan, but we have
seen a lot of good things from her in practice," Meredith said of
Hofman, whose main role much of the season has been as a backup to
starting point guard Nicole Morgan.
With a 7-for-19 effort from
three-point range as a team, OIT was able to make almost 40 percent of
its shots against ESC. The night before,the Owls were under 25 percent
shooting. Evergreen State, meanwhile, made just 23 percent of its shots
against OIT. "To hold a team to 39 points, and only 16 in the second
half, that's amazing," Meredith said.
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