Lady Owls Fall at EOU
Oregon Tech's Karissa Dixon No. 20 Fights for a rebound in 69-60 Loss (Photo by Barrett Henderson of EOU)
La Grande, OR -- The Oregon Tech Lady Owls came back from 11 points down in the second half and tied the game with Eastern Oregon at 54 with under 5 minutes to play but could not hold on and lost to the Mountaneers 69-60. Eastern Oregon snapped a 5 game losing streak with the win.
The Mountaineers (12-7) (4-6) were led by a 16-point performance from Vintea Georges. The junior was 4 for 9 from the field, and added a career-high nine rebounds. Kelsea Hurliman finished with 14 points and Nicole Redd had 12 points. Kyle Miller grabbed nine rebounds and threw four assists.
EOU finished 37 percent from the field and 6 of 20 from behind the perimeter. Eastern won for the ninth time out of the last 10 meetings against OIT, despite committing 17 turnovers to Tech’s 16, and throwing 12 assists to the Owls’ 16. The Mountaineers improved to 8-2 when they outrebound their opponent. Friday EOU won the rebound battle, 41-31.
The game featured three ties and a pair of lead changes. A Kassi Conditt jumper with 11:17 left in the first half gave Tech its largest lead of the game, 12-6. The Lady Owls led from the 14:09 mark in the first half until 5:18 remaining left in the half. A Redd three-pointer finished a fastbreak and gave EOU the lead with 5:17 left until halftime, 21-19.
The Mountaineers led 33-25 at halftime, and spread their lead to the largest of the game, 43-32, with 14:18 remaining in regulation. Tech responded with a 9-0 run over the next 2:20 to cut the lead to two points. OIT’s Brittany Cherry tied the game at 54 with a jumper with a 5:21 left in regulation. Eastern Oregon answered with an 8-2 run that gave it the cushion needed for the victory.
Cherry finished with a game-high 18 points. Aundrea Albright added 13 points and eight rebounds. Karissa Dixon and Morgan Hofman each had four assists. Tech (10-12) (2-8) was 40 percent from the field, 4 for 9 from behind the arc, and 8 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Oregon Tech will play at College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30pm with the pre-game show on 960 KLAD-AM at 4:15 pm
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