Defense Rules for Warner Pacific in Win Over Oregon Tech
Oregon Tech's Jazzy McDaniel. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
PORTLAND, Ore. – Warner Pacific held Oregon Tech to 20 percent shooting, sending the Knights to a 53-37 victory over the Owls at C.C. Perry Gym tonight in Cascade Conference women’s basketball action.
Oregon Tech slips to 19-6 overall and 8-5 in conference play. The win for WPC is the fourth in a row and sends the Knights into sole possession of 4th place in the CCC standings at 9-3 and 15-8 overall.
The host Knights led the entire game, and held OIT without a field goal until 8:34 remaining in the first period. A Kelsey Mattson free throw gave WP their largest lead of the period (18-5) at the 6:57 mark and the game looked to turn into a rout. Kaitlin Nielsen broke free inside for the Owls, hitting a layup, which started a 12-2 run by Oregon Tech. Despite holding OIT to just 4 of 19 shooting in the period, Warner Pacific led just 22-18 at the break.
The opening minutes of the second half saw the team’s trade buckets, with the score at 29-25 in favor of WPC with 14:48 on the clock. A Layne Tucker three point play sparked a 9-0 burst from the Knights which provided a cushion. The WP lead later reached as many as 20 (50-30) with 3:27 to play, as the Knights rolled to the 53-37 win.
Chelsea Christensen dropped in 21 points to lead WPC, and Cameryn Calhoun added 14. Katie Smith grabbed a game high nine rebounds.
Oregon Tech was paced by Karissa Dixon’s 10 points and six rebounds. Colleen Hunt contributed seven points.
Oregon Tech will look to get on track when the Owls host rival Southern Oregon University this Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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