CALDWELL, Idaho – Sophia Jackson scored a career-high 17 points, as the College of Idaho completed a season sweep of Oregon Tech.
The two teams will meet again Tuesday in Klamath Falls in the quarterfinals of the Cascade Conference Championships. Quarterfinal Playoff tickets will go on sale Monday morning at 8:00 am in the OIT Athletics office. General tickets will be $5.00, reserved seats $6.00, OIT Students $2.00. Reserved season ticket holders will have until Monday at 5:00 pm to claim their seats. All remaining reserved seats will be available to the public beginning Tuesday morning at 8:00 am. For more information on tickets call the OIT Athletics office at 541.885.1634.
The win for the Lady Yotes (11-15, 11-9 CCC) capped a close of the Cascade Conference schedule where the squad won 10 of their final 13 games to secure the No. 5 seed into next week's CCC Tournament. Awaiting C of I is a rematch with OIT – with the teams meeting Tuesday night in Klamath Falls at 7 p.m. (PT)
C of I never trailed in the victory, sprinting to a 12-2 lead in the opening five minutes – with Jackson adding a 3-point play and a 3-pointer to cap the frame, as the hosts led 18-7 through the first quarter.
Tech (19-11, 12-8) cut the margin to 24-17 on a Mikaela Schumaker 3-point play, but Madison Holly countered with a long triple, as the Yotes led 31-20 at the break.
After OIT got within 33-26 early in the third quarter on a Nohea Waiwaiole jumper, C of I put the game away, as Jackson had a big 3-point play in an 8-1 run to extend the lead to 41-27 – with the Yotes rattling off 13-straight points in the fourth quarter to the delight of a large home crowd.
Jocelyn Cook-Cox scored 16 points, making 14-of-16 free throws on the night – as the Yotes draining 24-of-28 from the stripe. Lindy Westendorf added her second double-double of the year, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds.
Megan Morris was the lone OIT player in double figures with 11 points, as the Owls made just 29-percent of their field goals and just 1-of-13 shots from long range.
Eastern Oregon University has secured the No. 1 seed and an Automatic Qualification to the NAIA National Tournament as a result of winning the regular season. The Mountaineers capped off senior night with a win and an undefeated conference slate at 20-0.
The 2nd automatic qualifier to the NAIA National Tournament will be awarded to the CCC Tournament Champion. If the Tournament Champion is also Eastern Oregon, the 2nd AQ will go to the tournament runner up.
Quarter Finals – Tuesday, Feb. 20
#8 Evergreen @ #1 Eastern Oregon
#7 Warner Pacific @ #2 Southern Oregon
#6 Corban @ #3 Northwest Christian
#5 College of Idaho @ #4 Oregon Tech
Semifinals – Friday, Feb. 23
Highest remaining seeds host lowest remaining seeds
Championship – Monday, Feb. 26
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