ASHLAND — Southern Oregon opened the game on a 35-4 run and shot better than 60 percent as a team in a 99-58 nonconference women's basketball victory over Hope International Sunday evening at Bob Riehm Arena.
Southern Oregon improved to 6-0 win the win, while Hope International fell to 4-1 with its first loss of the season. The Raiders return to action Friday afternoon at the 2012 Flagship Inn Classic, hosting Lewis-Clark State at 3:30 p.m.
Alexi Smith scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Raiders, while Carly Meister connected on eight of nine shot attempts to score 17 points. Allison Gida scored 14 points, Angelica Cahee added 11 points and Molly Doran finished with 10. Andrina Rendon tallied a double-double for Hope International, scoring 13 points with 15 rebounds, while Rina Towne scored 17 points and Brittany Bauman added 13 points.
The Raiders connected on 60.9 percent of their shots (42-of-69) while limiting the Royals to 22.2 percent shooting (18-of-81). Southern Oregon scored the first 10 points and stretched its lead to 31 points when a Meister layup made it 35-4 with 8:50 to play in the first half. From that point, the Raiders coasted to a 49-22 halftime advantage and a 99-58 final score.
SOU OPEN — At Ashland, the top-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team hosted the annual SOU Open Saturday and Sunday, with three SOU wrestlers coming away with individual championships.
Top-ranked Mitchell Lofstedt dominated the 125-pound bracket for the Raiders, winning all three of his matches by fall in a total of less than four minutes.
Jimmy Eggemeyer, ranked No. 1 in the 149-pound class but wrestling in the 157 bracket, won all three of his matches to claim the title for the Raiders. He picked up a pair of injury default victories and a 5-1 decision victory en route to the 157-pound championship.
Eighth-ranked Taylor Johnson, wrestling unattached, won the 197-pound bracket. He earned a first-round bye and earned a pin en route to the final match, where he won the title.
The Raiders are 1-0 in duals this season, defeating No. 8 Great Falls 23-17 on Friday at Bob Riehm Arena. Southern Oregon will have a break from competition for the next week, returning to action with a home dual against No. 15 Menlo on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.