Lady Owls Fall in First Round to Warner Pacific
Tech's Aundrea Albright Scores 2 of her Game High 21 Points in Loss (Photo by Kelly Caleb)
PORTLAND, Ore. — Warner Pacific took advantage of 23 Oregon Tech turnovers Tuesday night to advance in the Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball tournament with a 76-58 victory at Bart Valentine Court.
The victory sends the Knights into the semifinals Friday at regular season league champion Corban.
Oregon Tech, meanwhile, saw its most successful season in three years come to an end with a 21-10 record.
Warner Pacific blistered the nets from three-point range, going 12-for-25. The Knights shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half to open up what had been a close game at the half 34-28.
OIT actually shot better from the floor, overall, and made 42 percent of its shots. The Hustlin’ Owls, though, were just 2-for-7 from three- point range, including one by Aundrea Albright in her only long-range attempt this season. Albright finished with a game-high 21 points, while Kassi Conditt finished with seven rebounds and three blocked shots, and Colleen Hunt three assists.
In the end, it was the season-long battle with turnovers that proved costly for OIT.
The Lady Owls helped keep themselves in the game with a 22-for-26 free-throw shooting effort.
Katie Smith scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Warner Pacific, which upped its record to 20-10. Layne Tucker, Morgan Wolff and Kelsey Calhoun also scored in double figures for the Knights.
It was the final OIT basketball game for seniors Albright, Morgan Hofman and Kaitlin Nielsen. Tech’s other senior, Jazzy McDaniel, missed the game to attend a funeral following a death in her family.
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