ATHERTON, Calif. — Aliyah Brantley poured in 33 points and 11 rebounds to drive Menlo (Calif.), the No. 16-ranked team at the NAIA Division I level, to a 99-75 defeat of Southern Oregon on Wednesday afternoon at Haynes-Prim Pavilion.
Brantley’s point total was the highest for a Raider opponent in six years. The 6-foot-1 senior post shot 15-of-21 from the field and scored 21 of those in the first half, helping the Oaks improve to 5-0.
The 12th-ranked Raiders (3-2) cut the deficit to 51-46 when Kenadee Honaker opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer but got no closer. They were outscored 31-20 during a fourth quarter in which the Oaks shot 68 percent from the field, bringing their overall clip to 56 percent (39-of-70).
SOU senior forward Destinee Jones scored a team-high 12 points. Ariel Augustine and Syd Fryer both recorded 11 points and four rebounds, and Daranda Hinkey scored nine.
The Oaks accumulated 44 points in the paint. Destinee Bowie, their other starting post, added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Raiders will face another NAIA Div. I opponent receiving Top 25 votes, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), in their home-opener Friday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
RAIDERS PUT 10 ON ALL-FRONTIER CONFERENCE TEAMS: Ten Southern Oregon University football players were named All-Frontier Conference performers, including six first-team honorees, the league office announced.
On offense, senior running back Rey Vega and senior lineman Josiah Maglente-Tonu made the first team, while senior receiver Brosen Ader and senior lineman James Hines made the second team. On defense, senior lineman Sean Rogers and senior linebackers Tyson Cooper and Devvon Gage were first-team selections and senior lineman John Jackson Jr. hit the second team. And on special teams, junior punter Jaxon Clark earned first-team and senior kicker Marcus Montano second-team recognition.
Tyler Dean, a senior safety, was SOU’s Frontier Champion of Character recipient.
The Raiders went 6-4, their sixth winning record in seven seasons, and finished in a four-way tie for second place in the standings. Rocky Mountain (Mont.), the Frontier champion, produced Offensive Player of the Year Jacob Bakken, a quarterback, and Coach of the Year Jason Petrino. Montana Western linebacker Jason Ferris was voted Defensive Player of the Year.
Vega was an all-star for the second year in a row behind an offensive line, headed by Maglente-Tonu and Hines, that allowed SOU to average 4.5 yards per rush. Vega netted 5.1 yards per attempt for a total of 702 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns to go with two reception TDs. He had three 100-plus-yard games and averaged 78.
Ader was also a repeat selection, leading all SOU for the second year in a row with 49 receptions for 615 yards.
Defensively, Rogers ranked second in the Frontier and sixth in the NAIA with 11 sacks from the end position, and Jackson had four sacks, five tackles for losses, an interception and a forced fumble. Cooper and Gage — both four-year starters — again made SOU’s linebackers unit one of the most formidable in the country. Cooper totaled 76 tackles, nine for losses and a pair of interceptions, and Gage had 57 tackles, six for losses, 3 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Gage finished his career at second all-time in tackles at SOU, and Cooper landed at No. 8 on the list.
Gage made the All-Frontier squad for the third time, while Cooper and Rogers were both second-time selections.
On special teams, Clark ranked sixth in the NAIA in punt yards per attempt (41.1) and Montano ranked sixth in field-goal makes (17). Clark put 12 of his 48 attempts inside opponents’ 20-yard lines and sent seven 50-plus yards, and Montano was percet on eight field-goal attempts inside 30 yards with a long of 47.
RAIDERS 3RD IN INAUGURAL NAIA TOP 20: Southern Oregon came in at No. 3 in the first-ever NAIA Women’s Wrestling Top 20 coaches’ poll, which was released Wednesday by the national office.
The NAIA’s National Administrative Council voted in April to give women’s wrestling “Invitational” status; the first NAIA National Invitational Tournament will be held in March. After the sport has completed two years as an Invitational operation and is sponsored by at least 40 institutions, it will become eligible to transition to “Championship” status. Currently, 25 NAIA institutions sponsor the sport.
Wayland Baptist (Texas) and Menlo (Calif.) hold the Nos. 1 and 2 spots in the poll, points for which are awarded based on individual rankings.
SOU features 18 top-16 individuals in their respective weight classes. Nine of them have top-10 posts: second-ranked Gladdys Palma (143 pounds), third-ranked Alejandra Rodriguez (130), fourth-ranked Olivia Ioppolo (116), sixth-ranked Julissa Taitano (136) and Olivia Pizano (155), seventh-ranked Nevina DeLuca (130) and Sienna Ramirez (143), eighth-ranked Anesia Ramirez (130), and ninth-ranked Taea Regua (191).
The Raiders will next be in action Dec. 14-15 at the West Coast Tournament of Champions in Sacramento.