Oregon Tech limited Southern Oregon to 14 first-half points and pulled away in the second half to a 62-36 victory over the visiting Raiders in Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball action Saturday night at Danny Miles Court.
The loss drops Southern Oregon’s record to 13-12 overall and 4-10 in conference play, while Oregon Tech improves to 20-6 overall and 9-5 in the CCC. Southern Oregon returns to action Friday, when the Raiders will return home to host Northwest at 5:30 p.m. at Bob Riehm Arena. With the loss, SOU and OIT will split the season series after the Raiders defeated the Owls 57-53 in Ashland last month.
RaTanya Newsome finished with a team-high 13 points in the loss, while Nalani Hernandez led the Raiders with eight rebounds.
Karissa Dixon led Oregon Tech with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and Aundrea Albright added 16 points for the Owls.
Southern Oregon scored four of the first six points, but Oregon Tech scored the next 14 to take a 16-4 lead with 7:45 to play in the first half. The Raiders went almost nine minutes without scoring, including 14 consecutive missed shots. Josi McDermott ended the SOU drought, knocking down a jumper to make it 16-6, but Oregon Tech closed the half on a 13-8 run to take a 29-14 lead into the break.
The second half was more of the same as Oregon Tech scored the first seven points to push its lead past 20 for the first time, and the Owls pulled away to the 26-point victory. Oregon Tech limited Southern Oregon to 24 percent shooting (12-of-50) and out-rebounded the Raiders 48-to-29.