ASHLAND — Karly LeVeque scored 22 points off the bench and keyed a decisive 8-0 run as Oregon Tech defeated Southern Oregon 83-71 in women's basketball Saturday at Bob Riehm Arena.
Former North Medford High player Karissa Dixon had a fine all-around game for Owls, going 4-for-8 on 3-pointers en route to 19 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
The win stopped OIT's seven-game losing streak at SOU.
The 20th-ranked Owls (18-3, 6-3 Cascade Conference) trailed 66-65 with 4:37 remaining when Tess Armstrong snatched the lead with a 3-pointer. LeVeque padded it with another 3 on the next possession, and Ashleigh Vanderbrink hit a jumper to put OIT up 73-66 on the ensuing trip.
Allison Gida, the reigning CCC player of the week, put up 28 points, 12 rebounds and four assists for the Raiders (16-5, 5-4), marking her third straight double-double. She scored 17 of those in the first half to dig the Raiders out of a 21-8 hole, giving them their first lead, 31-30, on a free throw with 3:06 left.
Gida went 13-for-20 at the line, but SOU struggled as a team going 26-for-42 with eight misses each half.
Kristen Schoenherr (Rainier, Wash./Rainier) scored 16 points and Autumn Durand (Onalaska, Wash./Onalaska) 10 for SOU.
Oregon Tech shot 16-for-50 from inside the 3-point line but made 10 of 21 attempts behind it. LeVeque made all three of hers. Kassi Conditt added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Maria Ramirez had six points and 10 boards.
The Owls went on a 12-4 run to end the first half and go up 42-35. But the second half featured eight lead changes and six ties, and neither team led by more than four during a 14-minute chunk in the middle of it.
OIT went 21-for-26 from the line. It also finished with 22 more field-goal attempts than SOU thanks to six more offensive rebounds and seven less turnovers.
To seal the win, the Owls went 8-for-10 from the line down the stretch.
SOU made one field goal in the last five minutes — Gida's 3-pointer with 14 seconds left. Cambie Edwards' layup was responsible for giving the Raiders their last lead, 66-65. She contributed eight points and five rebounds off the bench.
AIR FORCE 23, SOUTHERN OREGON 14 — At Corvallis, Southern Oregon's upperweights won four straight matches against NCAA Division I opponent Air Force, but that was all the Raiders got in a loss at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum.
Top-ranked Brock Gutches (174 pounds) and Jacob Abrams (184) both picked up major decisions for the Raiders before top-ranked Taylor Johnson (197) and Clayton Burtis (285) finished off the night with decisions.
Air Force, the 31st-best team in the NCAA according to InterMat Wrestling, improved to 8-2 in dual matches and won for the first time in four attempts in the series, getting over the hump with six straight wins to start the night. Natrelle Demison (149) had the contest's only pin, while Joshua Kreimier (157) and Josh Martinez (125) added bonus points with major decisions.
Gutches, who defeated Scott Reilly 12-1, went to 19-3 on the season. Johnson, who won 7-2 against Parker Hines, is now 5-0 in dual matches.
Abrams won his match 14-4 over Daniel Barringer and Burtis held on for a 2-1 decision against Cody Davis.
The Raiders will be back in action today at the Clackamas Community College Open tournament in Oregon City.