ASHLAND, Ore. – After a last second shot by senior Nohea Waiwaiole pushed the game into overtime on Tuesday night, No. 19 Southern Oregon University (7-2 CCC, 11-4) outscored Oregon Tech (4-3 CCC, 10-7) 10-6 in overtime to take a 69-65 victory.
"We had one good quarter at both ends in the 3rd, but that's not enough against nationally-ranked teams," said head coach Scott Meredith. "Our turnovers and missed free throws, especially down the stretch really hurt us. We gave up way too many offensive boards as well. Considering those factors, it's amazing it was that close. We need to bounce back quickly as a very good Corban team will be in town Friday.
Though the Raiders held the lead in the first quarter, ending 13-9, their final victory was far from assured. The Lady Owls narrowed their lead to two points in the second stanza and pulled ahead in the third, following one 9-2 run with an 11-0 run to pull ahead.
The third quarter ended with OIT holding a 7-point lead, 48-41, after outscoring SOU 22-13. In the fourth part, however, Southern Oregon took an 11-2 run of their own to catch up, regaining the lead in the final two minutes before Waiwaiole sent the game into overtime.
In overtime, the score was tied until the final 40 seconds, when the Raiders managed to eke out a victory through 4 consecutive free-throws.
For the Owls, senior Bailey Nelson lead the scoring with 17 points, also grabbing 10 rebounds for a double-double. Sophomore Abby Kreiser and senior Megan Morris each scored 13 points and 7 rebounds, with Kreiser also adding 6 assists. Sophomore Amanda Constant notched 7 points and also recorded 10 rebounds.
Ariel Augustine tallied 22 for SOU and took game high. Daranda Hinkey added 14 and Destinee Jones scored 12.
Turnovers were a deciding factor of the game, with Southern Oregon forcing 19 while only committing 11 of their own. The Raiders jumped on the opportunities, outscoring Tech 19-6 in points off turnovers.
OIT took a 19-9 advantage in assists.
The Lady Owls will return to Klamath Falls for games on Friday and Saturday against Corban University and Northwest Christian University, respectively, with each game taking place at Danny Miles Court at 5:30 PM.
Press release from Oregon Tech Sports Information
1/11/19 | 5:30 PM