ASHLAND, Ore. – Down 65-66 with under five minutes to play, Oregon Tech closed out the game on an 18-5 run to earn an 83-71 victory in women’s Cascade Conference basketball action tonight at Bob Riehm Arena in Ashland.
The Owls got off to a 21-8 start, taking their largest lead of 13 points on a Karly LeVeque 3-pointer with 12:36 remaining in the first half. SOU would mount their comeback, tying the game at 27-27 with 4:26 on the clock.
Tech’s Karissa Dixon would give the visitors back the lead on a triple on Tech’s next possession but the Raiders tied it back up at 31-all with 2:18 to go in period 1. Tech, however, would close out the first period with an 11-4 push to take a 42-35 advantage into intermission.
SOU chipped away over the first five minutes of play of the second half, tying the contest at 45-45. Over the next 10 minutes, neither team could go up by more than four, as the Owls and Raiders traded baskets during the stretch with the game tied at 64-64 with five minutes to go.
After Dixon gave the initial lead back to the visitors, on a free throw, Cambie Edwards answered with a layup to give the Raiders a 66-65 lead. Tech’s Tess Armstrong, however, would connect from long range, as the Owls pulled away from rival SOU from that point. A Karly LeVeque triple, followed by a jumper from Ashleigh Vandenbrink pushed the Owls out to a seven point lead. SOU would get to within five points, but that was as close as it got with the Owls hitting free throws down the stretch to earn the 83-71 win.
LeVeque scored a team-high 22 points, including a 9-of-10 effort from the free throw line, while Karissa Dixon added 19 points, including 4-of-8 from long range. Dixon would add seven assists and four rebounds in the win. Kassi Conditt chipped in 11 points to go with seven rebounds and five blocks with Tess Armstrong earning nine points, all from beyond the arch.
Next up the Owls host league-leading Eastern Oregon University this Friday and College of Idaho on Saturday at Danny Miles Court. Tip-off for both games is 5:30 p.m.