KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech used a 9-2 run at the eight minute mark of the second half to take a double digit lead over Southern Oregon University and eventually pulled away in tonight’s Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s basketball contest to win by a 100-82 final at Danny Miles Court.
Maria Ramirez recorded a double-double 11 points and 11 rebounds in 100-82 win tonight over Southern Oregon University. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Oregon Tech moves to 12-5 overall and 5-2 in CCC action. SOU, meanwhile, falls to 13-5 on the season and 3-4 in conference action.
Oregon Tech sprinted out to a 7-0 start before SOU rallied to lead 11-7. The Raiders maintained and edge until the Owls eventually tied the game, 23-23, after a Karly Laveque steal and layup. Tess Armstrong hit a short jumper on Tech’s next possession and followed with a triple with 6:01 to play in the opening half and the Owls would never trail again.
Maria Ramirez and Karissa Dixon treys gave Tech an 8 point lead, before SOU’s Allison Gida closed out the first half scoring on a 3-pointer of her own, as Tech took a 42-37 lead into the half.
Melissa Sweat, who scored 17 first half points, stayed hot for the Raiders, opening up the second half with a basket to get SOU to within 3 points, 42-39.
Tech’s Dixon connected from long range to bump the Owl lead back to 10 points with 17:16 on the clock, but SOU closed the gap to 2 points on two occasions, the last at 55-53 with 12:25 to play.
With the score 68-65, in favor of the Owls, Tech used a 9-2 run to gain another double-digit lead. SOU would get as close as 8 points before the Owls methodically pulled away over the remaining 5:29 to win by a 100-82 final.
Five Owls hit the double-digit mark with Rebecca Matteri leading Tech with a career-high 19 points, while adding four rebounds and an assist and steal. Karissa Dixon finished with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists with Kassi Conditt adding 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Maria Ramirez contributed 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for tonight’s only double-double effort. Colleen Hunt netted 10 points in the win for Tech.
Melissa Sweat led all scorers with 32 points on 10-of-18 from the field with Allison Gida adding 15 points and Alexi Smith 12 in the loss for the Raiders. All three grabbed 7 rebounds each.
The Owls connected on 33-of-71 shooting (46.5%) with SOU finishing 44.1% shooting (30-for-68). Tech connected on 8-of-16 attempts from long range and the Raiders 6-of-13. Tech held a 43-42 margin in rebounds and netted 26-of-33 from the charity stripe with SOU 16-for-26 at the line.
Both teams continue CCC action this Friday and Saturday hosting both Washington School’s Northwest University and The Evergreen State College.