KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – In a battle for fourth place in the Cascade Conference standings, it was Oregon Tech (15-8, 8-5 CCC) defeating Evergreen State (9-8. 7-6 CCC) by a score of 75-70 Sunday afternoon at Danny Miles Court.
Five Oregon Tech players scored in double digits Sunday night led by Juniors Nohea Waiwaiole and Mikaela Shumaker who scored 14-points each in a convincing win for the Hustlin' Owls. Tech led for over thirty-minutes compared to Evergreen who led for less than seven.
It was the Geoducks who got off to a hot start generating an 8-0 lead in less than two-minutes. The Owls struggled to get the ball to reach the bottom of the net in the opening minutes, missing eight shots before finally converting a field goal and going on their own 9-0 run to take a 9-8 lead with 5:36 remaining in the first quarter.
The Owls extended their lead to 7-points on a Megan Morris steal and lay-up, as she would finish the game with 13 points. Evergreen would not be deterred and tied the game at 25 with 6:11 remaining in the first half. On the next possession Evergreen's Kaelin Williams-Kennedy drilled one of her three 3-pointers to give Evergreen their first lead since halfway through the first quarter.
Nohea Waiwaiole and Amanda Constant hit back to back 3-pointers to aid Evergreen's scoring streak. Eventually the teams headed to the half tied at 34.
Mikaela Shumaker went on a 6-0 run of her own to start off the third-quarter to give the Owls a small cushion that grew into a 13-point lead when Amanda Constant hit a 3-pointer with 2:58 remaining in the third-quarter.
The lead got as big as 14-points with 5:57 remaining in the game, however the Geoducks would not quit. Jahpera McEachin nailed a 3-pointer to cap a mighty Evergreen comeback that cut the Owl's lead to just 6-points with 3:02 remaining in the game.
The game remained a two-possession ordeal with just 0:33 seconds remaining when freshman Abby Kreiser drew a foul and hit both free throws to ice the game. Tech won by a final score of 75-70.
The Lady Owls will be back in action Friday night in Portland, OR when both the men and women head north to battle Warner Pacific.
Press release from Oregon Tech Athletics, Tanner Karp -Oregon Tech Sports Information Student Intern