Karly Leveque led Tech with 11 points in win at UC-Merced. (Photo by Kelly Caleb)
MERCED, Calif.– Oregon Tech managed to hang on after a scrappy UC-Merced comeback bid,
as the Owls improved to 2-0 after a 59-50 victory on the road this
afternoon in non-conference women’s basketball action at Hostetler Court
After carrying a seven point lead, 28-21, into the intermission, Oregon Tech ran their lead to 22 with seven minutes remaining second period. The Owls, who didn’t help themselves with 25 turnovers and just a 56.8% shooting effort at the charity stripe, let the home team get to within six points late but made free throws down the stretch that would seal the win for Tech.
Karly Leveque, in limited minutes, would score a team-high 11 points followed by a 10 point effort from Karissa Dixon. Tess Armstrong added nine points with Kassi Conditt and Megan Whetstone chipping in eight apiece. Conditt grabbed a game-high eight rebounds with Dixon recording four assists.
Oregon Tech made just 31.5% of their attempts (17-for-54), while holding the opponent to 22.4% for the game (13-of-58). Tech was 21-for-37 at the free throw line and connected on 4-of-13 from long range. The Owls held a 47-34 advantage in rebounds.
Oregon Tech next head to Eugene to take on University of Oregon in an exhibition game to be played at 7 p.m. on Monday.