Cherry-Albright Lead Lady Owls Past Beacons
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Tech got double-doubles from Brittany Cherry and Aundrea Albright to get a hard fought Cascade Collegiate Conference victory winning 61-54 at Northwest Christian.
Oregon Tech needed just four minutes to jump out to a 14-2 lead, highlighted by a pair of early three-pointers from senior Guard Lisa Busch. But the Beacons never backed down and over the next eight minutes, scored 19 unanswered points as they took a 21-14 lead. The Owls fought back themselves and took a 30-27 lead into the intermission.
Lori Renner hit two early jumpers in the second half and the Beacons were quickly tied with OIT, 32-32. The Beacons would again tie the score, 41-41 with 9:56 to play on a Jackie Cunningham layup and NCU was still within one point with just under four minutes to go. Oregon Tech, however, was able to pull away late, shooting 40% in the second half to grab the seven-point victory.
Oregon Tech (13-11, 6-6) was led by Brittany Cherry, scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with three assists and three steals. Aundrea Albright also had a double-double, scoring 12 points with ten rebounds and three blocks. Morgan Hofman came off the bench to score 12 points in the win.
The Beacons (8-13, 2-10 CCC) were led 14 points apiece from Renner and Jenneca Crocker. Crocker hit four three-pointers in the game for NCU. Aly Bruns added nine points and four rebounds and Randi Keyser came off the bench to score nine points, adding four rebounds. Cunningham finished the game with just two points, but she led the Beacons with seven rebounds and was the start of the NCU defensive effort, getting four blocked shots.
Oregon tech will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Corban College in Salem, Oregon with the tipoff scheduled for 5:30 pm. The game can be heard on 960 KLAD-AM with Mike Garrard and Bobby Thompson.
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