SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Oregon Tech held a four point advantage with just under eight minutes to play, but Purdue Calumet would sink the Owls’ hopes of moving on to the next round, falling by an 83-75 final on Wednesday evening in first round action of the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by State Farm.
As a team, Purdue Calumet shot 41.4 percent (24-for-58) from the field, including a 50.0 percent (15-for-30) success rate in the second half. Purdue Calumet, which ended the contest shooting 72.7 percent (32-for-44), converted 20-of-29 free throws in the second half, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Purdue Calumet opened the game with a 15-4 run, however Oregon Tech answered back with a streak of its own. The Hustlin’ Owls eventually took the lead, 23-22, with 6:08 left on a McKensey Peters jumper in the paint. The lead changed six times from that point, as Oregon Tech held a 34-33 advantage at the break.
The second half, which featured six ties and nine lead changes, opened exactly how the first ended, with neither team developing more than a two possession lead until late in the period. Purdue Calumet made 8-of-10 free throws over the course of the final two minutes to seal the eight-point victory.
Oregon Tech, which finished the game shooting 41.4 percent (29-of-70) from the field as a team, was led in scoring by sophomore guard Karly Leveque’s 19 points. Another notable performance for the Hustlin’ Owls came from senior center Kassi Conditt, who tallied her 13th double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Oregon Tech finished the year 28-6 overall, a new Oregon Tech single season record for wins.