Oregon Institute of Technology

Oregon Tech Hangs on to Defeat No. 22 College of Idaho, 61-58

Dec 14, 2012

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech held No. 22 College of Idaho to just 32.3% shooting and Kassi Conditt poured in 25 points to lead the Lady Owls to a 61-58 win over the Yotes tonight in Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball action at Danny Miles Court.

Kassi Conditt dropped in 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Owls past No. 22 College of Idaho, 61-58. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Kassi Conditt dropped in 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Owls past No. 22 College of Idaho, 61-58. (photo by Kelly Caleb)

Oregon Tech moves to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in the CCC standings.  Meanwhile, College of Idaho fell to 6-5 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.

The Owls moved out quickly, 9-2, but C of I, using a 13-0 run, put the visitors up 15-9 at the 11:13 mark of period 1.

A Kassi Conditt jumper near the midway points ended the Yotes streak, as the Owls still trailed by four points.

C of I took a pair of 7 point leads, the last at 23-16 on a Laura Geis bank shot with 5:15 on the clock.

Tech would cut their deficit to 23-22, before the Yotes would hold on to a 29-25 advantage at the half.

Tech’s Karissa Dixon opened the scoring in the second half on a long triple, as the Owls would eventually tie the contest at 31-31 with 17:21 to play.

C of I’s Dayna Drager answered with a trey of her own on the opponent’s next possession and a pair of free throws from Katelin Shannon boosted the Yotes lead back to five points, 38-33.

The game would stay close from that point, including four ties, the last at 47-47 with under five minutes to play, before Maria Ramirez got loose in the open floor to convert a layup to give the lead to the Owls for good.

Leading by just 1 point, Tech’s Nicole Aboumrad found herself open on the left side, and when her shot from long range found the bottom of the net, Tech held a 4 point lead with exactly one minute to play.

35 seconds later Kylie Hardison answered with a 3-pointer, as the Owls held a 57-56 lead.

Carrie Thibault converted a pair of free throws after a quick foul, but a Geis jumper again put the Yotes to within a single point with 5 seconds to play.  Another quick foul on the Tech inbounds put the Owls’ lone senior, Colleen Hunt to the line, where she sank both freebies with 3.9 seconds to play. 

The game would end by the same score, but not before a running 35 footer by C of I rimmed out to give the Owls the win.

Kassi Conditt added 13 rebounds to go with her game-high 25 points to record a double-double, with Karissa Dixon the only other Owl in double figures with 11 points.  Nicole Aboumrad added 9 points, including a key 3-pointer down the stretch in the win for the Owls. 

For C of I, Katelin Shannon recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.  Chakala Carthen netted 14 points to go with 8 rebounds, while Kylie Hardison added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss for the Yotes.

Oregon Tech was true on 23-of-51 from the field (45.1%) with C of I connecting on 21-of-65 from the floor, and just 4-of-26 from long distance.  C of I held a decisive edge in rebounds, 44-35, including 21 on the offensive end.  Oregon Tech recorded 16 assists with the Yotes 11. 

Oregon Tech next takes on No. 9 Eastern Oregon University, while College of Idaho travels to Ashland to take on Southern Oregon University tomorrow.

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