KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Kassi Conditt’s career-high 26 points led second-seeded Oregon Tech to their first-ever Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball tournament championship, presented by U.S Bank, with an 88-72 victory over arch-rival, and four-seed, Southern Oregon University in the CCC title game tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech will take a 28-5 record back to the NAIA Division II national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa beginning March 12-18. The Owls will find out their pairing on Wednesday evening.
The teams battled through the first seven minutes before the Owls used a 7-0 run, taking their first double digit lead of the game at 22-12 at the 11:18 mark of the first period. Rebecca Matteri recorded back-to-back baskets, followed by an Ashleigh Vandenbrink triple.
Southern Oregon would cut their deficit to seven points, on two occasions, before an Owl 8-1 run, capped by a Maria Ramirez jumper, pushed the home team out to a 34-20 advantage, their largest lead of the first period. Tech would head to the break leading 42-31.
The Owls would reel off the first six points of the second half after Kassi Conditt converted an old-fashioned three point play and Karissa Dixon hit from long range to make it 48-31, but SOU would come roaring back to close the gap to single digits.
Holding a comfortable 58-43 lead with 13:22 remaining, an Allison Gida basket, followed by a Kristen Schoenherr triple and layup closed the SOU gap to just 58-52. The Owls moved up by nine points, but once again the Raiders closed the distance on Tech, 62-58 with Schoenherr and Gida scoring again.
It was as close as the Raiders would get, as a Conditt jumper at the 5:46 mark pushed Tech back to double digits, 70-60. Holding a 72-64 advantage with 4:32 on the clock, another Conditt basket spearheaded a 9-0 run, capped by another Conditt score, as the Owls took control, 81-64, with 2:37 to play. The Owls would cruise to an 88-72 win.
Conditt added to her career-high in points, eight rebounds, seven blocks, a pair of assists and a steal in the win. Karly LeVeque chipped in 16 points to go with three assists and a steal, while Karissa Dixon added 13 points, seven assists four rebounds, three steals and a block. Maria Ramirez was the last Owl in double figures with 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists with Rebecca Matteri following with eight points and four rebounds.
Oregon Tech connected on 48.8% of their tries on 28-of-60 from the floor, while knocking down 29-of-38 from the charity stripe. The Owls recorded 23 assists on their 28 makes, while SOU held a decisive 50-38 advantage in rebounds.
Kristen Shoenherr led the Raiders with 14 points to go with six rebounds, followed by Carly Meister with 13 points and six boards. Autumn Durand chipped in 11 points and six rebounds. Allison Gida grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go with seven points in the loss for SOU.
Southern Oregon finished 25-of-67 shooting (37.3%) and was just 18-of-36 from the free throw line. SOU finished with 21 assists on their 25 field goals.