College of Idaho Hangs on to Down Oregon Tech
Oregon Tech fell to College of Idaho tonight at the 3rd Annual Pink Out game held at Danny Miles Court. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – College of Idaho forced 27 turnovers and held off a late Oregon Tech rally to secure a 63-54 Cascade Conference victory in the 3rd annual “Pink Out” game tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech falls to 18-4 on the season and 7-3 in CCC play. College of Idaho moved to 13-7 overall and 8-3 in the CCC standings after sweeping this week’s road games.
College of Idaho used timely 3-point shooting, along with several offensive rebounds to move out to a 19-10 advantage midway through the first period.
After moving up 13 points, 27-14, with 3:27 to play in the opening period Oregon Tech finally showed some life, mounting a 9-3 run to trail just seven. A Felicity Jones triple with 30 seconds to play would close out the first half scoring with Oregon Tech trailing 33-23 at intermission.
College of Idaho would lead by double-digits most of the second period, going up by 15 on two occasions.
With the scored 49-37 with 9:27 remaining to play the Owls defense tightened and the offense found a rhythm. Tech chipped away over the next eight minutes and on an Aundrea Albright layup trailed by just four, 53-49.
A C of I basket on the next possession put the visitors ahead six points, but Kaitlin Nielsen answered for the Owls to make it 55-51 with 48 seconds.
The Owls, however, would get no closer as the Yotes connected on 8-of-8 free throws down the stretch to win 63-54.
Karissa Dixon led all scorers with 17 points to go with six rebounds and a trio of steals. Aundrea Albright was a rebound shy of a double-double after a 13 point and nine rebound effort.
Tina Fakahafua led C of I with 16 points and six rebounds, while Felicity Jones notched 14 points and Katelin Shannon 10, including 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
Oregon Tech held the Yotes to 34% shooting on the evening, but C of I would connect on 7-of-15 from long distance with six coming in the first half. The Owls connected for just 34.7% overall and were 6-for-15 from the 3-point line. The Yotes came up with 20-for-27 at the charity stripe, several coming late to seal the win with OIT 14-of-18 on the night. Both teams grabbed 36 rebounds apiece.
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