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No. 3 Nazarene tops SOU

ASHLAND-- The Southern Oregon University women's basketball team played at the top of its game for the first 16 minutes against Northwest Nazarene Thursday.

It was the next 24 minutes that proved troublesome, greatly influencing the Raiders' 74-52 loss to the third-ranked Crusaders.

It was the first time in six years Northwest Nazarene had won on SOU's floor.

The 19th-ranked Raiders trailed 24-15 midway through the first half, then went on a 14-2 run to grab the lead with four minutes left until the half.

But Northwest Nazarene went on a 12-2 run of its own for a 38-31 halftime lead.

Things went from bad to worse for the Raiders as Jaime Smith erupted for 14 second-half points to ignite the Crusaders.

SOU committed 24 turnovers while Northwest Nazarene had only 12.

Northwest Nazarene really plays a tough defense, said Southern Oregon coach Shirley Huyett. We just turned the ball over too many times. Some were off their press and the rest were when we were just trying to set up our offense.

Lauren Mohan led the Raiders with 13 points while Emily Wiley pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

All-American guard Staci Kirk-Carter, the Crusaders' leading scorer, was held to just six points in the first half but finished with 19 and made good on all six of her free-throw attempts.

SOU shot just 34 percent from the field on 17-of-50.

The Raiders are 10-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE (17-4, 3-0)

Knowlton 1-2 0-3 2, Kirk 1-6 1-2 3, Hall 1-6 0-0 2, Smith 6-10 2-2 16, Kirk-Carter 5-8 6-6 19, Lawrence 2-5 0-0 4, Kollman 4-5 4-5 12, Gienger 0-0 0-0 0, Glaze 1-1 0-0 2, Imhof 1-2 0-0 2, Hellberg 1-2 2-2 4, Allen-McGarrah 1-3 0-0 2, Doncaster 2-3 2-2 6. Totals: 26-53 17-22 74.

SOUTHERN OREGON (10-8, 2-2)

Mohan 4-8 3-5 13, Richards 2-6 4-4 8, England 2-9 1-3 8, Fisher 3-4 1-3 7, Wiley 2-4 1-2 5, Nunley 0-2 0-0 0, Tangedahl 1-4 0-0 2, Bresnan 2-8 0-1 5, Merritt 1-3 2-2 4, Magee-Arick 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 17-50 15-22 52.

Halftime--NW Nazarene 38, S.Oregon 31. 3-point goals--NW Nazarene 5-11 (Kirk 0-1, Hall 0-3, Smith 2-2, Kirk-Carter 3-4, Allen-McGarrah 0-1), S.Oregon 3-12 (Mohan 2-4, England 0-1, Bresnan 1-5, Merritt 0-1, Magee-Arick 0-1). Fouled out--England. Rebounds--NW Nazarene 32 (Knowlton 5), S.Oregon 38 (Wiley 11). Assists--NW Nazarene 21 (Knowlton 6), S.Oregon 10 (Richards 3). Total Fouls--NW Nazarene 24, S.Oregon 21. A--300