ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon women's basketball team looks to continue its unbeaten streak to open the season this weekend when the Raiders host the annual Flagship Inn Classic at Bob Riehm Arena.
Southern Oregon (6-0) takes on Lewis-Clark State on Friday at 3:30 p.m. before playing Puget Sound on Sunday at 2 p.m. Oregon Tech and Simpson will also come to Ashland for the tournament, with games at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, 1:30 and 3:30 on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
The Raiders have outscored their opponents 585-341 this season for an average score of 97.5-56.8. Southern Oregon has made 53.5 percent of its shots (220-of-411) while limiting opponents to 28 percent shooting (113-of-403). The Raiders are averaging 52.8 rebounds and 23.5 assists per game.
Melissa Sweat has led SOU in scoring in four of six games, averaging 18.5 points per game while playing only 19.8 minutes per contest. She has connected on two-thirds of her shot attempts and added four rebounds and 2.3 assists per game to go with 13 total steals and a team-best six total blocks. Through three weeks this season, she has twice received Cascade Collegiate Conference Player of the Week honors.
Alexi Smith has averaged 13.7 points per game to go with 6.2 rebounds, while Angelica Cahee has averaged 11.5 points, five rebounds and three assists per game. Allison Gida is tallying 11.2 points per game, and Carly Meister is adding 10.2 points per contest, while 10 different players are averaging double-digit minutes per game.
PAC-12 AWARDS — At Walnut Creek, Calif., three members of Oregon's 2012 NCAA championships cross country team and men's runner Trevor Dunbar were honored by the Pac-12 as the conference announced its postseason honors on Wednesday.
Jordan Hasay was named the Pac-12's female athlete of the year for the third straight year. In leading the Ducks to their first NCAA Championship since 1987, Hasay finished third at the national meet.
Robert Johnson was named the Pac-12 women's coach of the year following Oregon's sweep of the conference and NCAA meets, while freshman Allie Woodward was named women's Pac-12 co-freshman/newcomer of the year.
Dunbar had a strong third place finish at the Pac-12 meet to earn men's Pac-12 freshman/newcomer of the year honors.