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Raider women win fifth straight

ASHLAND — A season-high offensive output allowed the 24th-ranked Southern Oregon women's basketball team to capture its fifth straight victory in a 95-52 Cascade Conference triumph over Evergreen State at McNeal Pavilion.

The Raiders improved to 12-10 and maintained their share of first place in the league title chase at 9-1.

We came out and played well from the start and offensively we hit our first few shots and that really set the tone for the game, said SOU coach Shirley Huyett.

SOU had a season-high five players score in double figures, led by 18 from junior forward Melissa Core and 16 from sophomore forward Jaime Stanford.

Evergreen shot just 27 percent from the floor and fell to 2-23 overall and 0-10 overall.

Senior guard Tiwana Merritt (15 points), freshman guard Lindsey Hilaire (14) and senior center Sarah Petersen (11) also tallied double figures in scoring.

SOU returns to action Monday at home for a first-place league showdown with Concordia (11-10, 8-1). Game time is 7:30 p.m.

— Men's Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 87, EVERGREEN STATE 76 -At Olympia, Wash., Southern Oregon clawed back from a 38-35 halftime deficit to post its third win in its last four road games.

The Raiders (13-9, 7-4 Cascade) trailed at halftime mainly because Evergreen was 18-of-19 from the line and SOU committed 16 turnovers in the opening stanza.

Southern used a 9-0 run in the second half to erase a 52-45 Geoduck lead with a 11:56 minutes remaing and never looked back.

Leading 60-58 with 7:48 left, SOU outscored Evergreen 11-1 over the next four minutes to put the game out of reach.

Matt Zosel, who missed Friday's game with an injured foot, led the Raiders with 19 points and Tom Chipps added 18.

Chad Paris came off the bench to contribute six points and six rebounds. Paris was also credited with strong defensive play.

The Raiders shot 54 percent from the field (30-54) and were 23-of-33 from the line.