ASHLAND — A night after putting forth its most prolific 3-point shooting half ever, 18th-ranked Southern Oregon retained its shooting touch for 40 minutes in an 85-52 defeat of Walla Walla (Wash.) on Saturday at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
Daranda Hinkey connected on all six of her attempts from 3, Delaney Sparling hit four in a row in the fourth quarter to finish 5 of 8 and the Raiders shot 16 of 29 as a team, landing one make short of the program record.
Hinkey went 5 of 5 in the first half as she and Sparling scored 18 points each, marking a career-high for the latter guard. Ariel Augustine put up 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists, knocking down three triples of her own.
The Raiders’ 55 percent mark from outside was the highest in team history in a game with so many makes.
They improved to 10-4 overall and 6-2 in the Cascade Conference, keeping a hold on second place going into Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. home matchup with Oregon Tech.
The Wolves (2-15, 1-7 CCC) also started hot from 3: They shot 5 of 9 in the first quarter and took a 20-19 lead a minute into the second, but went 2 of 11 the rest of the way.
SOU finished the half on a 21-7 run that included triples from four different players. Dominique Harding was one of them and totaled 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists off the bench.
The Raiders matched a season high with 23 assists on 29 field goals. Kenadee Honaker dished out five to go with seven rebounds and a team-high four steals.
SOU is now 5-0 at home.
Carolina Montes had 13 points and four assists for the Wolves. Titi Graham and Itzel Rubio scored 12 each.
SOU EIGHTH: At Louisville, Ky., Southern Oregon eighth place at the NWCA-WCWA National Duals after closing the 12-team tournament with losses against two other top NAIA teams.
The Raiders, ranked third in the NAIA, fell 34-14 to No. 5 Campbellsville (Ky.) in the consolation semifinals and 22-21 to No. 4 Life (Ga.) in the seventh-place dual after going 2-1 on Friday. With five duals left in the season, their record is 7-6.
Campbellsville took seven of eight contests against the Raiders, though SOU 130-pounder Anesia Ramirez nearly knocked off top-ranked Andribeth Rivera in a 6-4 loss. The Raiders’ win came from fourth-ranked 136-pounder Gladdys Palma, who pinned 14th-ranked Sophia Carson in 4:20.
SOU had Life on the ropes with a 19-13 lead before the Running Eagles won the final three bouts, claiming the team victory when Jordan Nelson took an 8-3 win from Tristyn Borden in the 191-pound match.
Jade Martin (109) and Ramirez both won by fall in the dual. Martin, ranked 12th in the NAIA, pinned 11th-ranked Tyesha Topps in 4:52, and Ramirez, ranked sixth, took care of No. 11 Aysia Cortez in 2:19. After her win, Palma followed by blanking No. 13 Erica Sotelo, 5-0, to finish the tournament unbeaten.
McKendree (Ill.), which handed SOU its only loss Friday, won the title.