KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Karissa Dixon notched a game-high 21 points and Karly LeVeque connected from long range with just under four minutes to play to give No. 19 Oregon Tech the lead for good, as the Lady Owls snapped No. 14 Eastern Oregon University’s 29-game Cascade Conference win streak, 58-50, tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech improves to 19-3 overall and 7-3 in CCC play. EOU, meanwhile, fell to 17-5 on the season but continues a stronghold in the CCC standings with a 9-1 record.
Dixon added to her game-high 21 points, five assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals. Maria Ramirez and Karly LeVeque chipped in seven points each with Ramirez grabbing six rebounds to go with three assists and two steals. Kassie Conditt grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds with Conditt, Carrie Thibault and Kiana Caban adding five points each in the win.
For EOU Nicole Redd led the offense with 14 points, followed by 11 from Brittany Newcomb and 10 from Payton Parrish. Nikki Osborne grabbed nine rebounds to go with seven points in the loss.
Oregon Tech connected on 23-of-56 (41.1%) and held EOU to just 28.8% shooting on 17-of-59. Oregon Tech held a 39-34 edge in rebounding with each team hitting six shots from the 3-point line.
Oregon Tech opened the game on an 8-0 run but saw EOU take the lead, 13-12, at the 13 minute mark of the opening period.
The Mountaineers would go up by five points, 24-19, on a Nikki Osborne score, but with 3:43 remaining a jumper from Tess Armstrong gave the lead back to Tech, 35-34. The Owls would take a five point lead, 31-26, to the half after Karissa Dixon connected on a desperation attempt as the buzzer sounded.
Coming out of the half, Dixon hit from long range to expand the lead to eight points. Tech would maintain an eight point lead after a Caban block turned into a Caban layup, 36-28.
EOU, however, chipped away over the next 10 minutes, eventually taking a 46-45 lead on a Newcomb jumper. After a couple ties EOU regained their lead on a pair of Osborne free throws and held a 50-48 lead. That would be the last time the ball went through the net for the Mountaineers.
A LeVeque triple with 3:55 to play gave the lead back to the Owls, as the home team went up 53-50 after a pair of Dixon free throws with 2:30 remaining. Both teams went dry over the next two minutes before Rebekah Matteri’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 36 seconds to play pushed the lead to six points, 56-50. Materi and Maria Ramirez would ice the game after making single free throws and earn the 58-50 win.