Owls Limit Cavs to Snare Road Win
PORTLAND, Ore.—Holding Concordia to only three field goals in the first half, Oregon Tech defeated the Cavaliers 55-39 in Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball action on Friday night.
With the result, Concordia fell to 7-15 and 3-8 in CCC games while Oregon Tech improved to 19-5 and 8-4.
Both teams trouble scoring in the opening minutes, with the score tied 3-3 through first six-plus minutes with the only Cavalier bucket a 3-pointer from senior Rachel Scarpelli.
Oregon Tech’s Karissa Dixon single-handily matched the Cavs in first-half scoring with 16 points in the first 20 minutes. Nine of Dixon’s 16 came from beyond the arc after hitting 3-of-5 of her attempts, including a banked shot early in the half and another that rattled around the rim midway through the period.
After trailing 32-16 at the break, Concordia managed to cut the deficit to nine on a pair of Courtney May free throws at the 10:45 mark. From there, the Owls once again clamped down on defense as the Cavs were held to just seven points over a six-minute span before falling by 16.
With Concordia continuing to struggle from the field, three Owls reached double figures in the scoring column by the final buzzer.
Dixon led all scorers with 20 while teammates Kassi Conditt and Andrea Albright added 21 points with Albright edging her edging her fellow post player 11-to-10.
Scarpelli paced the Cavs with 14 points, including 3-of-6 from 3-point territory. Despite going 0-for-10 from the field, May finished with nine points with the aid of a 9-of-10 performance at the free throw line. No other Cavalier scored more than five points as the team finished with a season-low .196 shooting percentage.
The Owls didn’t fare much better with a .333 conversion rate but were benefitted by the addition of seven blocks and seven steals.
The rebounding game remained close throughout with Concordia grabbing 42 caroms against 41 for the visiting side.
The Owls will stay in town to face Warner Pacific on Saturday night while the Cavaliers will host Southern Oregon. Both matches are set for a 5:30 p.m. start in Portland.
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