REDDING, Calif. — Southern Oregon outscored Simpson by 26 points in the second half to blow away the Red Hawks 92-60 in a nonconference women's basketball game on Saturday.
Melissa Sweat connected on 12 of 20 shot attempts to score a game-high 27 points and added seven rebounds to pace the Raiders (11-1). Allison Gida tallied 18 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists, while Alexi Smith finished with 14 points and Haley Newell 10 plus five steals.
Nichole Jones led Simpson with 21 points and Tiffany Aaserude tallied 16.
Southern Oregon shot 43.2 percent (38 of 88) while limiting Simpson to 33.3 percent shooting (22 of 66). The Raiders also outrebounded the Red Hawks 54-39 and forced 35 turnovers in the win.
The first half featured eight ties and four lead changes before the Raiders (11-1) finished on a 12-4 run to take a 43-37 lead into the break. A 12-point streak early in the second half pushed SOU's advantage to 20 points, and the Raiders closed out the game on a 25-9 spurt to earn the 32-point victory.
Southern Oregon travels to Vallejo today for a game against California Maritime.
SOUTHERN OREGON 87, SIMPSON 79 — At Redding, Calif., Eric Thompson had 24 points and seven rebounds and Southern Oregon got hot in the second half to pull away in the nonconference game.
Thompson, a sophomore forward, hit 8 of 16 shots, including 4 of 10 from long range, and the Raiders (9-3) shot 58 percent (14-for-24) in the second half to win for the seventh time in their last eight games.
David Sturner added 16 points and five rebounds and Dex Daum 15 points for Southern Oregon.
Simpson's Ian Corella scored 17 points to lead four Red Hawks in double figures.
Simpson came out strong in the first half and built a 12-5 lead following a jumper by Jordan Collins less than three minutes into the game. Southern Oregon worked its way back to tie the game at 24 following a jumper by Sturner midway through the half, but the Red Hawks scored the next 10 points to claim their largest lead of the game. The Raiders responded with an 18-10 run to close the half down 44-42.
Thompson opened the second half with a jumper to tie it up, and the Raiders held a slim advantage throughout the half. The visitors pushed their lead to double digits following four straight points by Thompson with 1:44 remaining, and the Raiders made all eight of their free throw attempts in the closing minutes to clinch the eight-point win.