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RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU women blast Eagles

ASHLAND — The 18th-ranked Southern Oregon women’s basketball team pulled from all over the roster to piece together its most explosive offensive outing of the season, a 102-79 win against Northwest (Wash.) Friday at Lithia Motors Pavilion.

Senior forward Ariel Augustine scored 17 points to lead seven different Raiders in double figures, pouring in three 3-pointers with five rebounds. SOU (6-3 overall, 2-1 Cascade Conference) shot a season-best 44 percent from the field (38-of-86), ran up its highest point total in the last two seasons and broke the 70-point mark before committing its third turnover of the night.

Destinee Jones, another senior forward, filled up the box score with 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. She and Augustine were joined by Sophia Altemus (12 points), Syd Fryer (11), Dominique Harding (11), Delaney Sparling (11) and Daranda Hinkey (10).

The Eagles dropped to 3-10 and 0-3 in the CCC despite senior post Miranda Langenhorst’s 11-of-11, 24-point, 15-rebound and three-block performance.

They jumped out to a 16-7 lead five minutes into the game by making four of their first six 3-point attempts but went 6-of-24 downtown the rest of the way.

The Raiders finished with six turnovers, matching their lowest total in at least a decade, and at one point went 17 minutes without one. They forced 26 as Fryer spurred the defensive pressure with five steals and Harding and Hinkey had three each.

The result was transition offense, a category in which SOU posted a 32-5 advantage.

The Raiders led by three after a quarter, 51-39 at the break and by as many as 27 in the fourth.

Andie Kristinat chipped in 18 points for Northwest, which has dropped 14 straight games against SOU.

Men’s Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 100, NORTHWEST 89: At Ashland, senior guard Tristen Holmes matched a season-high with 27 points and junior forward Tate Hoffman tied a career-high with 24 to push 13th-ranked Southern Oregon to a victory over Northwest (Wash.) at Lithia Motors Pavilion.

The Raiders (11-3, 1-2) celebrated the first CCC game on their new home court with their highest shooting percentage in two years, connecting at a 57-percent clip (38-of-67) while hitting the century mark for the third time this season.

Holmes and Hoffman combined for 31 in the second half as SOU pushed a 37-33 advantage at the break to 18 points just five minutes into the period. Holmes shot 11-of-19 from the field with seven assists while going over 20 points for the third time in as many conference games, and Hoffman went 9-of-12 while opening both halves with a pair of 3-pointers.

SOU also benefited from season-best outings from its freshman guards: Teron Bradford scored 17 points and Tez Allen went for 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Jordan Hunt contributed 11 points, five assists and four blocks after blocking five shots earlier in the week against Simpson (Calif.).

Northwest stayed competitive thanks to its posts, Hussayn Ford and Josh Meyer. Both shot 10-of-17 with 10 rebounds; Meyer scored 25 and Ford had 23.

Nick Navarro cut the lead to 11 points on a 3-pointer with four minutes to play, but with 1:11 left Hoffman’s second-chance bucket pushed the lead back to 94-76.

Women’s Wrestling

SOU TAKES 2ND IN WEST COAST TOC DUALS: At Sacramento, Calif., the Southern Oregon University women’s wrestling team claimed second place Friday at the Cliff Keen West Coast Tournament of Champions Duals, defeating York (Neb.) and Colorado Mesa before dropping the title match to Emmanuel (Ga.).

Five Raiders triumphed in both the 30-17 win over York and a 31-11 win over Colorado Mesa: Tara Othman (116 pounds), Gladdys Palma (136), Olivia Pizzano (155), Sienna Ramirez (143) and Julissa Taitano (130). Taitano finished off a perfect day — after scoring technical falls in her first two matches - by moving up to 136 and winning by fall in the 32-15 loss against Emmanuel.

After two forfeits put the Raiders (5-3 overall) in a 10-0 hole against York, they came back by winning six contests in a row. Othman, Glory Koceny (123) and Taitano worked consecutive technical falls, Ramirez pinned Katie Bell in under a minute, and Pizzano and Karrah Smith (170) completed the run with two more techs.

Against York, SOU collected bonus points in five of the six contests it won. Palma, Taea Regua (170) and Tristyn Borden (191) each pinned their opponents, Othman and Taitano earned two more technical falls and Pizzano worked a 2-0 decision.

In addition to Taitano’s pin, the Raiders got a win by decision from Koceny and a forfeit victory for Borden against Emmanuel.

They’ll be in action again Saturday in the individual tournament portion of the TOC.

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