ASHLAND — Alex Carlson became the fastest head coach to 100 wins in Southern Oregon University women’s basketball history as the 19th-ranked Raiders bullied Northwest Christian, 57-45, in Cascade Conference play Friday at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
During their eighth victory in nine games, the Raiders (12-4 overall, 8-2 CCC) pulled down more offensive rebounds (22) than defensive boards (20) and forced 27 turnovers. The result was 24 more field-goal attempts for them than the Beacons (7-12, 4-6) on a night they led for the final 33 minutes.
Kenadee Honaker was integral to the energetic effort with seven points, six steals and eight rebounds, including five on the offensive end.
Each of SOU’s other starters produced, too: Ariel Augustine had 12 points and four steals, Destinee Jones had four steals and 11 boards (six offensive), Syd Fryer scored a team-high 17 with 5-of-6 shooting from 3, and Daranda Hinkey totaled 10 points and seven assists without a turnover.
Carlson, in his fourth season, improved his incredible record to 100-16, good for an .862 winning percentage. His Raiders remain in second place going into another home game at 5 p.m. Saturday against Corban.
Shanay Dotson turned in team-highs of eight points and three assists for NCU. Her jumper tied it for the Beacons for the last time, 12-12, before Syd Fryer immediately answered with a 3-pointer.
Delaney Sparling’s jumper seconds before halftime put the Raiders up 35-27, and they scored the first nine points of the third quarter to make it a 17-point game. Augustine started the spurt, stealing NCU’s opening possession to get a layup and scoring inside again on her next chance.
The Beacons were more efficient from the field (16-of-43) than the Raiders (22-of-67), but SOU dropped in 10 3-pointers. Augustine and Hinkey had two apiece.
Morgan McKinney chipped in five points, six rebounds and two blocks for NCU.
NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 108, SOUTHERN OREGON 104: At Ashland, Northwest Christian guards Tyrus Hosley and Austin Tyner scored 28 points each and the Beacons surged late to hand Southern Oregon a third straight stinging defeat at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
After trailing most of the night — and by as many as 11 points early in the second half — the Raiders (13-6 overall, 3-5 Cascade Conference) went on a 9-0 run capped by Tate Hoffman’s transition dunk to go up 97-88 with 4:24 left.
Tyner’s deep 3-pointer cut into a five-point SOU advantage before a Reece Robinson’s tough layup tied it, 99-99, with 1:50 left. On SOU’s ensuing inbounds pass, Jordan Hunt was whistled for stepping over the end line, and Robinson dumped it off to Davonte Cleveland to give the Beacons the lead back after they were awarded possession.
Robinson went 4-of-5 at the line in the final 20 seconds to secure the win.
It was the exclamation point to an outstanding shooting performance for the Beacons, who went to 14-4 overall and 6-2 in the CCC. They shot 52 percent from the field (35-of-68), 52 percent from 3 (12-of-23) and 84 at the line (26-of-31). Hosley and Tyner combined to go 8-of-13 from behind the 3-point line.
The loss spoiled freshman guard Teron Bradford’s career-high 27 points. The Oregon City product shot 10-of-17 from the field, scored 15 after halftime and dished out a team-high six assists to stir a stellar night for the Raider offense, which shot 51 percent.
Tristen Holmes went for 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Tate Hoffman scored 16 on 6-of-8 shooting and Tez Allen had 13 points and four assists.
Three more Beacons were in double figures, however: Ernest Ugoagu (19 points), Cleveland (12) and Robinson (12).