SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Remi Mejia scored 13 of her 26 points in the first quarter but Southern Oregon had to survive Hope International's fourth-quarter charge to secure a 93-87 victory and hand the Royals their first loss of the season Friday at The Master's Classic.
In their sixth straight win, the 15th-ranked Raiders (6-0) led by as many as 15 points early and a Casey Williams bucket put them up 81-72 with five minutes left. The Royals (6-1) scored seven unanswered over the next minute and went ahead for the first time all afternoon, 86-85, on a Sarah Nunes jumper with 1:54 left to play.
The lead lasted 12 seconds; Toria Bradford got into the paint for the go-ahead layup, and after a defensive stop Kenadee Honaker found Destinee Jones inside for a basket that made it 89-86. The Royals got one free throw on the other end before perfect trips to the line for Bradford and Ariel Augustine put the game away.
Mejia, a former South Medford standout and Portland State transfer, finished 10 of 19 from the field, including 6 of 10 from downtown, for a season-high point total after she established the old one with 21 in Wednesday's win at Linfield.
Bradford tallied 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting to go with four assists, four rebounds and three steals. Augustine had 16 points, Daranda Hinkey scored 11, and Williams went for 10 points and six boards.
The Raiders shot a season-high 48 percent from the field (37 of 77) and made 13 3-pointers, the most for the team in 15 games spanning back to last season. Honaker hit a couple off the bench and Syd'Nee Fryer added another in the closing minutes.
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After Testa’s go-ahead shot, the Oaks (7-2) fouled the Raiders (5-2) intentionally to send Conor Carroll to the free-throw line. Carroll missed his second shot intentionally and SOU forward Jordan Hunt snagged the rebound, hitting Ben DeSaulnier for a clean look at the tie in the corner, but DeSaulnier’s attempt rimmed off at the buzzer.
Carroll scored 18, going 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and DeSaulnier had 18 points, six rebounds and three assists.
In the final 10 minutes the score was tied at eight points and the lead changed hands four times. The Raiders took their first lead since the opening minutes, 70-66, on back-to-back Carroll triples with nine minutes left.
Tied at 83-all with 2:04 to go, DeSaulnier came off a back-pick and took a pass from Tristen Holmes for a basket-and-one to give the Raiders the lead, but four straight Oaks free throws took it back. Carroll made one of two free throws for the tie with 29 seconds left, but that gave the Oaks possession with the shot clock turned off.
Tate Hoffman chipped in 14 points and six rebounds and Holmes had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for SOU, which shot a season-low 43 percent (26 of 61).