KIRKLAND, Wash. – Oregon Tech claimed their first home playoff game in five years after a 62-48 road victory over Northwest University tonight in Cascade Conference women’s basketball action.
Kassi Conditt notched a double-double as the junior led the Owls to a road win over Northwest University with 14 points and 10 rebounds. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Tech will host a first round CCC tournament game for the first time since the 2007-08 season and will finish out the regular season in third or fourth in the conference standings heading into postseason play.
Oregon Tech took a slim 28-26 lead into halftime but managed to pull away in the second half to get by Northwest University for the win.
The teams battled through three ties and five lead changes in the first half. Sanda Milovic would give Northwest a five point lead, 19-14, after the Eagles tied OIT and forged ahead at the 9:45 mark. The Owls, however, chipped away at the NU lead eventually moving up 21-19 off Nicole Aboumrad’s 3-pointer with 6:58 to go in the half. NU tied the game twice in the closing minutes, but a Karly Leveque layup would give OIT the lead at 2:19 which they would maintain for the remainder
Oregon Tech led the entire second half and would slowly put distance between themselves and the Eagles. Up 39-36, at the 13:43 mark, Tech would go on a 9-0 run, capped off by a Leveque jumper to take a 12 point, 48-36 lead. Northwest would cut the lead to nine points, 50-41, but OIT would build their lead back up to double digits, 58-44, as Tess Armstrong would get to the rim for a layup with six minutes remaining and take the contest by a 62-48 score.
Oregon Tech (18-8, 11-5 CCC) was led by Nicole Aboumrad and Kassi Conditt who both scored 14 points for the Owls. Conditt recorded a double-double after a 10 rebound effort. Tess Armstrong contributed 11 points for OIT, who shot 47% for the night (23-of-49). The Owls made 6-of-10 shots from the 3-point line and out rebounded NU by a slim, 34-31 margin.