Missing its top two scorers due to injury, Southern Oregon fell to No. 10 Eastern Oregon 62-46 in a Saturday night Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball matchup at Bob Riehm Arena.
With the loss, the Raiders fall to 12-10 overall and 3-8 in conference play, while the Mountaineers improve to 14-8 and 7-4 in CCC. Southern Oregon travels to Portland to face Warner Pacific next Friday as Eastern prepares for a contest against Oregon Tech tomorrow.
Southern Oregon’s RaTanya Newsome finished with a team-high 15 points, while Angelica Cahee picked up 12 points and seven rebounds. Brooke Randall led EOU with 17 points, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
The Raiders led early but were unable to hold it as SOU shot only 19 percent from the field and totaled 11 turnovers in the first half.
Eastern Oregon worked its shooting percentage up to 40 percent, going 5-of-12 from beyond the arc to take a 29-18 lead into halftime, despite turning the ball over 13 times.
The Raiders came out with a slow start to the second half as the Mountaineers went on a 17-7 run to bring the lead to 45-25 with 13:00 left in the game. From that point, EOU pulled away to the win.
Southern Oregon went 10-of-19 in the second half but would continue to struggle on offense, turning the ball over a total of 24 times as Eastern Oregon controlled the boards and out-rebounded SOU 43-30 to take the win.