Cavaliers use big second half to rip Raiders

ASHLAND — Concordia's offense erupted for 60 points in the second half as the Cavaliers came from behind to defeat Southern Oregon, 81-66, in Cascade Collegiate Conference women's basketball action Thursday night at Bob Riehm Arena.

Southern Oregon fell to 10-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play with the loss, while Concordia improved to 5-10 overall and 1-3 in the CCC. Both teams return to action today, with the Raiders hosting Warner Pacific and the Cavaliers traveling to Klamath Falls to face Oregon Tech.

Concordia senior Rachel Scarpelli hit six 3-pointers on her way to 24 second-half points as the Cavaliers pulled away for the 15-point victory. Scarpelli finished the game with eight 3's and 30 total points on 8 of 12 shooting to set career-high marks in both categories. Malori Dixon and Lexi Amundsen added 15 points apiece for the Cavaliers.

Krysten Copeland led SOU with 17 points on 8 of 9 shooting and added a team-high six rebounds in the loss. Haley Newell added 14 points for the Raiders.

Both teams struggled in the first half, as the teams combined to shoot 17-for-45 from the field and turn the ball over 25 times. Southern Oregon held a slim two-point margin at the break, but the Cavs opened the second half with nine straight points to take a 30-23 lead.

A Nalani Hernandez free throw ended the CU run and sparked a 12-2 SOU stretch that briefly put the Raiders back on top. The Raiders held a 41-40 lead midway through the second half, but Amundsen's layup opened the floodgates as the Cavaliers scored 40 points in the final nine minutes of play. Scarpelli hit five treys during that stretch, and CU made 15 of 18 free throw attempts in the second half.

SOUTHERN OREGON 80, CONCORDIA 77 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon overcame a late second-half run by Concordia to pull out the Cascade Collegiate Conference victory.

The win improves Southern Oregon to 11-5 overall and 4-1 in conference play, while Concordia fell to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in the CCC. Both teams return to action today, with the Raiders hosting No. 17 Warner Pacific and the Cavaliers traveling to Klamath Falls to face No. 3 Oregon Tech.

Eric Thompson finished with 18 points to lead a group of four SOU players who reached double figures. Terriel Thompson and Jordan Highland each finished with 14 points, and Terriel Thompson earned a double-double with a game-high 14 rebounds.

Kyle Tedder added 12 points in the win.

Jourdan Sweeney led all scorers with 26 points on 13 of 19 shooting for CU. Adam Herman finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds while connecting on all but one of his seven shots in the contest.

Austin Dunn tallied 13 points and Drew Preuninger added 10.

The Cavaliers led by as many as five points early in the game, but Southern Oregon used an 18-6 run to turn a 19-15 deficit into a 33-25 advantage in the final three minutes of the first half. Concordia closed the half on a 7-1 run to pull within two at halftime.

The Raiders opened the second half with a 17-8 run to take a double-digit lead early in the half, and SOU led by as many as 10 points late in the game with a 68-58 advantage in the final five minutes.

After Thomas' layup put the Raiders up 70-61 with less than two minutes to play, Preuninger hit a 3-pointer and Dunn followed with a layup to pull CU within four points with 1:06 remaining. Southern Oregon missed four free throws in the final 90 seconds, including the front end of two one-and-ones, to help the Cavaliers stay close.

Following a Sweeney layup that pulled CU within two with 40 seconds to play, Tedder ended the Raiders' struggles at the charity stripe by dropping a pair of free throws. Tedder made two more at the line a few moments later, and after Herman's 3-pointer made it 78-77 in the final 15 seconds Highland made the Raiders' final two free throws.

Dunn missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds and Thomas grabbed the rebound to clinch the victory for SOU.

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