KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – No. 14 Oregon Tech used a 12-0 second half run to pull away from Northwest Christian University and hold on for a 75-62 win in Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball action tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech improves to 16-2 overall and 4-2 in CCC play. NCU falls to 3-10 on the season and now 0-5 in the conference standings.
NCU scored the game’s first points before the Owls tied and went ahead for good on a Karissa Dixon jumper and Ashleigh Vandenbrink 3-pointer. Tech methodically pulled away from there to lead by as many as 15 points, 29-14, with 8:20 to play in the opening period.
NCU, however, scored the game’s next 13 points to find themselves down just two with four minutes on the clock. Tech would outscore the visitors 11-2 to lead 40-29 at the break.
A Sami Pitts free throw drew the visitors to within six points, 50-44, but an ensuing 12-0 Tech run was too much for the Beacons to overcome. Conditt scored back-to-back baskets, while Tess Armstrong capped the run with a layup with 9:40 to play. The Owls would sustain the double digit lead and go on to win by the 75-62 final.
Karissa Dixon led all scorers with a game-high 18 points to go with three assists and three steals. Karly LeVeque, Kassi Conditt and Ashleigh Vandenbrink would score 10 points each in the win. Maria Ramirez grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, while Conditt recorded a team-high four assists. Oregon Tech finished with 18 assists against their 14 turnovers.
For NCU four players finished in double figures with Allie Kelsey leading the way with 12 points. Andrea Gloss added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds, while Hannah Frederick and Breanna Schmidt added 10 each for the Beacons. Of NCU’s 12 assists, Frederick handed out a game-high seven to go against 20 team turnovers in the contest.
Oregon Tech next will be on the road for three-straight beginning with Northwest University of Kirkland, Wash. this Friday. The Owls will travel to The Evergreen State the following day and to rival Southern Oregon University on Saturday, January 18th. All games will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.