Southern Oregon women pull out OT victory over Oregon Tech

ASHLAND — Melissa Sweat hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime and scored Southern Oregon's final five points in the extra period to lead the Raiders to an 82-80 Cascade Collegiate Conference women's basketball win over Oregon Tech Saturday at Bob Riehm Arena.

Sweat finished with a game-high 28 points to go with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. Alexi Smith tallied 15 points and Ashley Claussen added 13 for SOU (18-8, 7-7 CCC).

Former North Medford standout Karissa Dixon led Oregon Tech (16-8, 9-5) with 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Kassi Conditt posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Nicole Aboumrad tallied 16 points and Maria Ramirez finished with 12.

The back-and-forth affair featured nine tie scores and 11 lead changes, including tie scores at the end of the first half and regulation. Neither team led by more than six points throughout the contest.


CALIFORNIA COLLEGIATE OPEN — At San Francisco, second-ranked Southern Oregon finished with one champion and three top-four placers at the California Collegiate Open hosted by San Francisco State University.

Mitchell Lofstedt rolled to the 125-pound championship, pinning top-seeded Patrick Rollins from Oregon State in the title bout. Lofstedt pinned Cal State-Bakersfield's Kyle Anderson in 2:11 in the quarterfinals and decisioned third-seeded Britain Longmire from California Poly 6-0 in the semifinals to reach the championship round. Facing the No. 1 seed in Rollins, Lofstedt claimed the title with a 3:48 pin of the NCAA Division I wrestler.

Prescott Garner came into the tournament with the second seed in the 133-pound bracket, and the sophomore came away with a third-place finish.

Garner earned three pins in his four wins on the day, downing Menlo's Zac Johnson in 1:35 and taking down seventh-seeded Daniel Gaytan from California Baptist in 5:44.

San Francisco State's third-seeded Isaiah Hurtado ended Garners' bid for the title with a 4-2 decision, and Garner responded with a 20-4 technical fall over Hurtado's SFSU teammate Alex Williams to advance to the consolation finals. Garner pinned fourth-seeded Angel Garcia from Menlo in the third-place bout in 5:56.

A 4-2 overtime defeat in the championship bout led top-seeded Brock Gutches to a second-place finish in the 174-pound bracket. Gutches earned an 8-1 win over San Francisco State's J.J. Chou and an injury default victory to advance to the semifinals. There, he earned a narrow 4-3 triumph over fifth-seeded Cody Weishoff from Oregon State to meet second-seeded Jim Wilson from Stanford in the finals.

Topping the seedings at 149 pounds, Jimmy Eggemeyer earned a couple of decision victories before back-to-back injury default losses ended his day just shy of placing in the top four.

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