Oregon Tech Escapes with 71-67 Win Over Simpson
Karissa Dixon finished with a team-high 15 points to help lead Oregon Tech past Simpson, 71-67. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Oregon Tech women’s basketball team finished with four players in double figures, and survived a furious comeback by Simpson University, to win tonight’s non-conference game over the Redhawks by a 71-67 final.
Freshmen Karissa Dixon and Kassi Conditt combined for 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds each in the win for Tech. Aundrea Albright and Crissy Watts finished with 12 points each, while Brittany Cherry grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
Simpson jumped out to an 8-0 advantage to begin the game before an Owl free-throw at the 16 minute mark put Tech on the board.
Tech’s Kassi Conditt hit for two of her 13 points on the night to pull the Owls to within one, 21-20, with 4:25 remaining in the first period. A Brittany Cherry basket gave Oregon Tech their first lead of the night and with just seconds remaining in the first half, Karissa Dixon hit a layup, two of her team-high 14 points, that gave the Owls a 28-23 edge at intermission.
In the second period, Conditt gave the Owls their first double digit lead with a basket with just over 12 minutes remaining to play. The teams would trade baskets the next six minutes, before a triple by the Owls’ Crissy Watts gave OIT an 11 point margin, their largest of the game, with 6:39 on the clock.
Oregon Tech looked to be in control with four minutes to play and a 61-51 lead, but a Simpson 11-2 run changed things quickly to make it 63-62 Owls.
Tech pushed their advantage to 69-64, but a Simpson 3-pointer kept the visitors to within one possession with 21 seconds on the clock. Back-to-back free-throws, however, would seal the game, as Simpson was unable to get a shot off before the horn sounded to give Oregon Tech a 71-67 victory.
Oregon Tech heads into Cascade Collegiate Conference play this weekend with a 6-4 mark, while Simpson University falls to 1-6. The Owls travel to Portland to take on Warner Pacific College and Concordia University this Friday and Saturday. Both games begin at 7:30 PM.
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