Lady Owls Knock Off Northwest
Karissa Dixen Led Oregon Tech with 15 Points in 80-69 Win (Photo by Kelly Caleb)
KIRKLAND, Wash. – Oregon Tech scored 60 second half points and defeated Northwest University, 80-69, Friday night in Cascade Conference play to improve to 17-3 for the season. NU drops to 7-9 for the year.
The first half proved to be a low scoring, defensive battle as OIT would be limited to 25% shooting and Northwest would manage 32% shooting for the period. Karissa Dixon’s jumper would give Tech an early 14-5 lead, five minutes into the half. Northwest would outscore 10-4 to make it a 18-15 Oregon Tech lead with 9:04 left in the half. Jessalyn Jackson would hit a layup in the paint to make it a one point ball game, 18-17 at the 5:47 mark. Jackson would then commit her third foul at the 5:21 mark sending the league-leading scorer to the bench. Neither team would score for over two minutes until Kassi Conditt would make two free throws to put OIT up 20-17 with 3:14 left on the clock. A jumper by Mari Gonzalez and 3 pointer by Carol Howard would give NU 22-20 lead as the half would end.
In the second half, Northwest would continue to lead until the 16:42 mark and Carrie Thibault’s two free throws would tie the game at 28-all and then put OIT into the lead, 29-28. Four ties and seven lead changes would take place as the teams would battle back and forth. Oregon Tech would pull ahead 47-42 on a Karissa Dixon 3 pointer, but an Ashley Coila jumper and Emily Drivstuen trey would knot the score at 47-all. NU would take a 56-53 lead with 6:30 remaining in the game, but Morgan Hofman would tie the score once again at 56 with her trey. After Emily Drivstuen would tie the score 64-64, the game’s 10th, with 2:56 on the clock, OIT would go on a 6-0 run capped off by Morgan Hofman’s free throws to lead 70-64. Tech would make 13 of 14 free throws down the stretch to close out victory.
Northwest U. (7-9, 3-5 CCC) was led by Emily Drivstuen’s 21 points and 7 rebounds. Jessalyn Jackson was held to 14 points and 5 rebounds for the night and Carol Howard added 10 points for the Eagles who shot 36% for the game, 32% from the 3 point line. NU lost the rebound battle to the bigger Owls, 55-36.
Oregon Tech (17-3, 6-2 CCC) four players in double figures with Karissa Dixon leading the way with 15 points and 7 rebounds. 6-2 sophomore Cassi Conditt and teammate Carrie Thibault each scored 12 points and Aundrea Albright recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Owls shot 39% for the night, but hit 47% of their 3-point attempts (7-15). Of their 55 rebounds, 23 were offensive boards.
Oregon Tech will take on the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with Tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 960 KLAD-AM The Sports Legend starting at 5:00pm with the pregame show.
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