A career night for Cassandra Tiggett helped Southern Oregon overcome a double-digit first-half deficit to defeat Concordia 64-60 in Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball action Saturday night at Cavalier Gymnasium.
Southern Oregon improves to 13-11 overall and 4-9 in conference play, while Concordia falls to 7-16 overall and 3-9 in the CCC. The Raiders return to action Feb. 4, when they will travel to Klamath Falls for a rivalry game against Oregon Tech.
Tiggett finished with a team-high 23 points and 15 rebounds and added six blocks for the Raiders, shooting 9-of-14 from the field. Angelica Cahee added 14 points and RaTanya Newsome finished with 11 points in the win.
Rachel Scarpelli led Concordia with 24 points and tied for the team-lead with six rebounds. Courtney May added 10 points for the Cavaliers.
Concordia used an 11-2 run to take a 12-point lead midway through the first half when six consecutive CU free throws made it 22-10. The Raiders closed the half on a 14-7 run to cut the lead to 29-24 at halftime.
The Raiders pulled close early in the second half, and SOU took its first lead of the game on a three-point play by Cahee with 8:56 remaining. Cahee made a layup to tie the score at 47-47 and made a free throw to give SOU the one-point advantage. An Eva Everett free throw tied the game at 48-48, but Cahee hit a jumper two minutes later to put SOU up by two and the Raiders led the rest of the way.
The Cavaliers remained close until the final minute, with a Scarpelli three-pointer pulling CU within one with 1:40 to play. Nalani Hernandez responded with a three-pointer of her own, and SOU made all six of its free throws down the stretch to clinch the road victory.
Southern Oregon shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) in the game, while Concordia struggled to connect on 30.6 percent (19-of-62) of its shots. The Raiders out-rebounded the Cavs 44-to-36 in earning the season series split with Concordia.