KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – With the game tied 74-all, College of Idaho’s Elisha Hensey would thwart a furious Oregon Tech comeback bid after nailing a 15-footer at the buzzer, as the ‘Yotes upset the No.19 Owls in Cascade Conference women’s basketball action tonight at a packed Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech drops to 19-4 overall and 7-4 in the conference standings. C of I improves to 10-9 on the season and 7-4 in CCC play.
Oregon Tech was fortunate to force the game to a last shot, as the Lady Owls buried themselves in a 21 point hole in just the first 12 minutes of the opening half.
Oregon Tech held a 7-4 advantage with 17:04 on the clock, but quickly turned into a 21-point deficit, as C of I went on a 31-7 run over the next nine minutes of play to go up 35-14.
The Owls would chip away to eventually trail at the half by 13 points, 41-28.
A 3-pointer from Ashleigh Vandenbrink finally go the Owls to single digits with 16:52 to play, but a Erica Martinez trey on C of I’s next possession pushed the visitors lead back to 52-40. The ‘Yotes would hold on to 13 point advantage, 60-47, with 10:43 remaining before Tech mounted a furious comeback.
The Owls would cut their deficit to six points a minute later, but once again C of I pushed their lead back to double digits, 65-54 with 6:28 to play. Three minutes later a Tess Armstrong jumper got the Owls within four with 3:20 remaining.
College of Idaho looked to put the game away after scoring the next four point and take a 71-63 lead with 1:51 on the clock, but Tech’s Karissa Dixon next hit from long range with McKensey Peters following it up with a pair of free throws to make it a one possession game, 71-68.
With 30 seconds Tech still trailed by three points, and with the ball, Karly LeVeque drove the lane and was fouled, converting the old-fashioned 3-point play to tie it up with 18 seconds to play. C of I’s Elisha Hensey, however, pulled the heroics, as she came off a screen with three seconds to play and connected as the horn sounded from 15 feet away
Tess Armstrong tallied team-highs with 14 points to go with seven rebounds in the loss for Oregon Tech. Both Kassi Conditt and Ashleigh Vandenbrink recorded 13 points and six rebounds with McKensey Peters adding 12 points.
Elisha Hensey notched a game-high 21 points, with 16 of those coming in the opening period. Chakala Carthen recorded the games only double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds, followed by a 19 point effort from Erica Martinez.
Oregon Tech next travels to Eugene and Salem to take on Northwest Christian University and Corban University this Friday and Saturday.