KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech secured the three-seed in the upcoming Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament with an 80-62 victory over Corban University in the last regular-season conference game of the season tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Colleen Hunt drives past a Corban defender as Tech downed the Warriors 80-62 to earn the third-seed in the upcoming CCC Tournament. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
The win improves the Owls to 13-5 in the final CCC standings, and gives Tech back-to-back 20 win seasons. Oregon Tech will host the sixth-seeded Evergreen State College on Tuesday, February 19th with the tip-off set for 7:00 PM. Corban ends the regular-season with a 5-13 record in the CCC and 8-20 overall. CU will travel to La Grande to take on top-seed Eastern Oregon University in the quarterfinal round of the postseason tournament.
Tech scored the game’s first basket but it was Corban that had the momentum over the next 16 minutes taking a trio of six point leads, the last at 26-20 with 3:18 to play in period 1.
A Maria Ramirez basket, followed by back-to-back scores from Nicole Aboumrad tied the game at 26-26 and when Karissa Dixon hit from long range the Owls would never trail again. A Karly LeVeque steal and ensuing layup capped an 11-0 run as the home team held a 35-29 lead at the half.
Corban’s Emily Tsugawa picked the ball from Tech and scored to open the second period giving the Warriors some much needed momentum, but back-to-back triples from Dixon pushed the Owls to an 11 point lead.
CU was able to get within six points with 5:51 remaining, but the Owls methodically pulled away to earn the 80-62 victory.
Karissa Dixon finished the game with a game-high 23 points and added 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Kassi Conditt knocked in 16 points to go with 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in the win for Tech. The Owls received 15 points off the bench from freshman Karly LeVeque, including 4 steals and 3 assists. Lone Senior Colleen Hunt, playing in her last regular-season game at Danny Miles Court came away with 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Tara Vanweerdhuizen recorded the games only double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds, including five from the offensive end. Tess Bennett added 13 points and 7 rebounds with Emily Tsugawa following with 11 points, to go with 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in the loss for the Warriors.
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