No. 9 Mountaineers romp past Raider women

ASHLAND — Ninth-ranked Eastern Oregon took a 15-point halftime lead and never let Southern Oregon within single digits in the second half as the Mountaineers defeated the Raiders 82-60 in Cascade Collegiate Conference women's basketball action Friday night at Bob Riehm Arena.

Southern Oregon falls to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while Eastern Oregon improves to 12-2 overall and 3-0 in the CCC. Both teams return to action today, with Southern Oregon hosting No. 22 College of Idaho and EOU heading to Klamath Falls to take on Oregon Tech at 5:30 p.m.

Ashley Claussen led SOU with 12 points to go with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Allison Gida finished with 10 points as the only other Raider to reach double-figures. Southern Oregon shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) in the loss, while EOU connected on 44.6 percent of its shots (33-of-74).

Brooke Randall led the Mountaineers with 21 points, while Kelsea Hurliman added 18 as both players made four 3-pointers in the game. Korrie Bourn finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds to tally the double-double, and her seven assists were also a game-high total.

After Alexi Smith opened the game with a basket, Eastern Oregon used a 13-2 run to claim an early nine-point lead. The Raiders rallied to tie it up at 18-18 following a free throw by Kiara Moore, but a few minutes later the Mountaineers scored 10 consecutive points to take a double-digit lead.

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