No. 11 SOU cruises against Geoducks

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Southern Oregon added 12 makes from 3-point range to its usual winning formula in handing The Evergreen State its first Cascade Conference loss, 85-67, on Saturday night at the Costantino Recreation Center.

Led by Remia Mejia's 20 points on 4-of-6 3-point accuracy, the 11th-ranked Raiders shot 44 percent from the field and downtown to complete a weekend road sweep and bump their records to 11-1 overall and 3-1 in the CCC.

They never trailed in their 10th consecutive win against the Geoducks (5-3, 3-1), but their lead was down to 57-50 with three minutes left in the third quarter. That's when SOU went on an 11-0 run — built on consecutive 3-point makes for Mejia, Ariel Augustine and Syd'Nee Fryer, and a Mejia steal that led to Toria Bradford's easy layup.

Augustine, a junior forward, shot 8-of-16 to score a season-high 19 points with six rebounds. Casey Williams totaled 13 points, Daranda Hinkey scored 10 with two triples, four assists and three steals off the bench, and Bradford went for eight points and three steals.

A night after getting up 31 more field-goal attempts than Northwest, the Raiders got 27 more than Evergreen with advantages of 22-10 in turnovers and 18-9 in offensive rebounds.

Mejia, in leading SOU to its best 3-point clip of the season, scored 13 of her points in the second half. It was her fifth 20-plus-point performance in the Raiders' last eight outings.

Deidra Miller's 21 points and eight rebounds off the bench led the Geoducks, who shot 48 percent overall (24-of-50) but only made three from beyond the arc. By the end of the first quarter, they were in a 24-11 hole.

SOU won't play its next CCC game until Dec. 29 in Ashland against Warner Pacific, but plays an exhibition at NCAA Division I school San Jose State on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Men's Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 73, EVERGREEN STATE 60: At Olympia, Wash., a night removed from a double-overtime loss, No. 9 Southern Oregon deployed a balanced offense and 40 minutes of zone defense to keep The Evergreen State at arm's length.

The Raiders secured a split of their Cascade Conference road trip with a 73-60 defeat of the Geoducks, leading for the final 35 minutes of the game to improve to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the CCC.

Conor Carroll scored 10 of his team-high 14 points in the first half, downing a pair of 3-pointers, and Tristen Holmes scored all 13 of his in the second while tacking on seven assists, seven rebounds and two steals. In the frontcourt, Tate Hoffman went 5-of-6 with 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, and Jordan Hunt added 13 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

Leading 26-25 with three minutes left in the first half, the Raiders separated themselves with a 12-2 run bookended by Aaron Borich's runner and 3-pointer. Borich chipped in nine points and three assists, and Kenny Meyer joined him off the bench with five assists and two steals.

The Raiders extended their lead to 19 points six minutes into the second half and coasted from there. They shot 45 percent (26-of-58) from the field and recorded 20 assists with just nine turnovers.

Evergreen, which fell to 1-10 and 0-4 a night after taking Oregon Tech down to the wire, found success in the paint with Ryan Quigley (19 points, 6 rebounds) and Jaurence Chisholm (16 points, 9 rebounds) but went 4-of-15 from downtown and only made two free throws.

The win was SOU's 13th straight against the Geoducks.

The Raiders will play a nonleague game at 2 p.m. Tuesday at William Jessup (Calif.) before returning to CCC action on Dec. 29 in Ashland against 25th-ranked Warner Pacific.

Women's Wrestling

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: At Rocklin, Calif., Southern Oregon women's wrestlers Sienna Ramirez and Latiana Tauaese both earned second-place honors in the individual tournament portion of the Cliff Keen West Coast Tournament of Champions.

Four other Raiders placed in their respective brackets: Alejandra Rodriguez was fourth and 130 pounds, Olivia Ioppolo(116) and Nikki Mae Sumagang (109) were fifth, and Jade Martin (109) was sixth.

Ramirez was the runner-up at 143 pounds. She won her quarterfinal match by 8-6 decision against Menlo's Angela Perarcy and her semifinal match by fall in 1:02 against unattached opponent Passion Hollins, then lost the title bout, 6-3, against Emmanuel College's Kayla Marano.

Borden had to win three times to reach the 191-pound final. She worked a 12-2 technical fall against Adrian College's Destiny Hughes, got Menlo's Solove Naufahu by 7-3 decision and pinned Eastern Oregon's Madison Bozovish in 48 seconds. She was pinned 1:12 into the final by Menlo's Precious Bell.

Ioppolo — who was unbeaten Friday as SOU went 2-1 in dual action at the tournament — went 2-2 on the day with a pair of pins, including one in 4:40 in the fifth-place match against Menlo's Mikayla Abe. Sumagang also went 2-2, winning her fifth-place match by 4-1 decision against her teammate, Martin.

The Raiders finished fourth in the team points standings, which were topped by Menlo.

Their next time in action will be a Jan. 2 dual at Providence (Mont.).

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