Oregon Tech, off to a 12-0 record to start the season, moved up two spots to the No. 14 position in the NAIA National Poll. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After sweeping the opening weekend of Cascade Collegiate Conference
play, and off to its best start in school-history, the Oregon Tech
women’s basketball team climbed two spots to claim the No. 14 position
in the second regular-season edition of the NAIA Division II Women’s
Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday.
Saint Francis (Ind.) tops the poll, as the Cougars, along with the Owls, are two of four remaining unbeaten teams in the country. The Cougars received 11-of-14 first-place votes and 372 total points.
Northwestern (Iowa), accumulated three first-place votes and 364 total points en route to the No. 2 position. Defending national champion Indiana Wesleyan accrued 350 points, landing at No. 3. With No. 4 Davenport and No. 5 Jamestown (N.D.) rounding out the top five with 337 and 324 points, respectively.
The Owls are one of three programs to have recorded 12 wins on the season and have outscored their opponents by an average of 27.6 points, ranking 3rd nationally in the statistical category. The Tech defense is holding their opponents to a NAIA-best .301 field goal percentage, is 2nd in scoring defense (52.4 ppg), 3rd in blocks per game (5.58) and 4th in the NAIA at 20.8 assists per game. Tech ranks in the top-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.364) and is in the top-20 in field goal percentage (.451), total rebounds (44.75) and scoring offense (80.0 ppg).
Individually for Tech Ashleigh Vandenbrink ranks 14th in 3-point field goal percentage (.474), with Kassi Conditt 2nd in blocks (37), 9th in double-doubles (5) and 13th in total rebounds (111). Karissa Dixon’s 58 assists is 10th nationally, while ranking 18th in assists per game (4.84).
Ashleigh Vandenbrink scored 14 points on 5-of-6 from the floor to help the Owls get off to a 2-0 start in CCC play. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech used a 14-1 second half push to pull away from Concordia University, as the Owls extended their win streak to 12 with a 78-59 victory over the Cavaliers in Cascade Collegiate Conference play tonight at Danny Miles Court.
The win gets the Owls to 12-0 on the season and with the weekend sweep the Owls move to 2-0 in the CCC standings. Concordia, meanwhile, falls to 1-10 overall and 0-2 in CCC action.
A pair of Lexi Campbell free throws five minutes in gave CU a 7-6 lead, but was short lived as freshman Ashleigh Vandenbrink connected from long range on the Owls’ next possession with Tech holding on to a lead for the remainder.
Tech managed to extend their lead to 21-13, but a scrappy CU team battled back on several occasions, and closed the gap to 21-20 after a 7-0 run.
The Owls next took their largest lead of the first period, 35-23, before taking a nine point cushion 40-31 into the break.
Once again CU continued to attack and with 16:06 remaining pulled to within a possession after a Caitlyn McCutcheon put back made it 45-42. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Karissa Dixon and Ashleigh Vandenbrink sparked a 12-0 run over a three minute span as the home team held a 57-42 edge.
CU got it as close as 14 on two occasions, but the Owls would move out to an insurmountable 21 point lead with under five minutes to play and move on for the 78-59 win.
Karly LeVeque led all scorers with 16 points, followed by Ashleigh Vandenbrink with 14 points in the win. Kassi Conditt reached the 1000 point plateau after finishing up with 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and seven blocks on the night. Conditt is now 4th on the all-time scoring list (1009) and needs just 11 more to move into 3rd. Karissa Dixon continues to do it all as the senior guard nearly reached a triple-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Dixon would add two steals and a block. Mckensey Peters chipped in eight points, four rebounds and two assists for the Owls.
Lexi Campbell led the Cavs with 15 points, followed by Caitlyn McCutcheon’s double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Briannah Smith was the third CU player in double figures with 11 points.
Oregon Tech shot 45.3% from the field on 29-of-64 while holding CU to 32.1% from the floor (18-for-56). Tech recorded 24 assists to just 13 turnovers. CU turned the ball over 18 times with 12 assists with Tech holding a slight edge in rebounding 44-39.
Oregon Tech will next host New Hope Christian this Sunday and Pacific Union College next Tuesday, their last non-conference games of the season, before resuming CCC action on December 20th and 21st at College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon University.
Karly LeVeque handed out 10 of Tech's 26 assists, as the Owls opened up CCC action with a 91-71 win over Warner Pacific tonight at Danny Miles Court. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech hit on 50.9% from the field, including an 11-for-21 effort
from the 3-point line, to earn a 91-71 victory over Warner Pacific
College tonight in the opener of Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s
Oregon Tech improved to 11-0 overall and 1-0 in the CCC standings. The Owls, weather permitting, will host Concordia, losers at Southern Oregon by a 117-94 final, Saturday at Danny Miles Court beginning at 5:30 p.m. WPC fell to 3-6 on the year and 0-1 in CCC action.
After a third tie to open the contest, Warner Pacific took their only lead at 9-7 on a Megan Tullis basket. Kassi Conditt would answer for Tech to tie it back up at 9-9, the fourth tie of the game, and when Karissa Dixon connected from long range at the 14:28 mark, it was all Owls for the remainder.
Tech took its first double digit lead, 22-11, on a Tess Armstrong triple nearing the midway point of the opening period, with the teams trading baskets over the last 11 minutes, as the Owls held a 44-34 advantage at the break.
An 8-2 run to open the second half pushed the Owls out to a 16 point lead, eventually taking their first 20 point advantage, 59-39, on another Armstrong trey with 14:32 to play.
The Owls would go up by as many as 27 points, 72-45, cruising over the remaining nine minutes to earn the 91-71 win.
Tess Armstrong recorded a game-high 20 points on an 8-for-11 effort from the floor in the Owls victory. Karissa Dixon filled the stat sheet with 13 points, six rebounds and six assists with Karly LeVeque dishing out 10 assists to go with her nine points and five boards. Kassi Conditt chipped in 12 points and blocked six shots while adding five rebounds.
Jordan Wilcox led the Knights with 16 points, followed by Ali Campbell with 12 and Jacki Cannon with 10. Campbell nearly reached a double-double with nine boards, followed by Cannon with eight.
Oregon Tech finished the night 29-of-57 from the field (50.9%) and 52.4% from long distance (11-of-21). The Owls would hold a 41-40 edge on the boards. WPC shot at a 31.7% clip (20-of-63) and 8-for-22 from the 3 point line (36.4%). As a team the Owls totaled 26 assists against 14 turnovers with the Knights turning it over 15 times while recording 12 assists.