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Raider romp

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Southern Oregon’s team approach to basketball was put to the test minus its leading scorer at the NAIA Division II women’s tournament Monday at Tyson Events Center.

Playing with out its leading scorer and point guard, Ashley Claussen, the No. 3 Raiders overcame that significant loss to down Goshen College 84-69 in the semifinals of the national tournament.

Claussen, the Cascade Conference player of the year, went down with a knee injury early in the Raiders’ 73-67 quarterfinal win over Tabor Saturday. The Raiders picked up the scoring slack with five players in double figures as it moved to its first title game.

The Raiders (33-1) are the last No. 1 seed left in the tournament and will challenge No. 9 Marian, Ind., (31-6) for the championship tonight. The two schools' football teams played in the past two national championship games as well, with each winning once.

Freshman Courtney Setzer, from Central Point, had 17 points Monday to pace Southern Oregon, which also got 16 from junior forward Autumn Durand. Durand has scored at least 10 points in all five of the Raiders’ games in Sioux City.

“I think without our team coming together as one, this win would not have happened,” said Setzer. "With Ashley out, everybody had to step up and fill our own roles tonight.”

Southern Oregon 42-36 edge in scoring in the paint, many coming on rushes up court after made baskets by Goshen.

Gabby Williams had a strong performance for Goshen, leading her team with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Leafs, however, had just one other player reach double digits with Lynnia Noel scoring 10. leading scorer Tyra Carver had just four points on 2 of 9 shooting from the field.

“Playing day after day giving 110 percent out there, it got tiring for us tonight,” said Williams, a junior from Minooka, Ill. “I’m so proud of our team and how far we got.”

Coach Stephanie Miller’s team was the last at-large squad to make it into the tournament, but it didn’t resemble the last team in by winning its first three games as a lower seed.

“The size of hearts was so big but our legs can only carry you so far,” said Miller. "We had to exert a lot of energy in our previous games and it really showed up in our inability to get clean looks tonight.”

The win was the 17th consecutive for Southern Oregon, which lost its only game of the season 75-69 to Eastern Oregon after winning its first 16.

GOSHEN (69)

Jo’Mani Thomas 3-6 1-2 7, Gabby Williams 9-12 3-6 21, Liz Tecca 3-8 1-2 10, Sophia Sears 2-10 0-0 4, Tyra Carver 2-9 0-0 4, Haley Archibeque 3-4 0-0 8, Kelsey Fraley 0-0 0-0 0, Lynnia Noel 3-11 3-4 10, Keshia Ward 2-3 1-2 5, Calla Bartlett 0-0 0-0 0, Angela McLean 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-63 9-16 69

SOUTHERN OREGON (84)

Demi Sahlinger 2-4 2-4 7, Tiani Bradford 4-9 2-2 11, Toria Bradford 1-9 2-4 4, Autumn Durand 3-7 9-12 16, Carly Meister 4-6 2-5 10, Taylor Nuttall 0-2 0-0 0, Sydney Mullings 2-3 0-0 5, Majerle Reeves 3-7 0-0 9, Emily Peters 0-0 0-0 0, Courtney Setzer 8-10 1-1 17, Kristin Smeaton 2-3 1-1 5. Totals 29-60 19-29 84

Goshen;19;15;14;21;—;69

Southern Oregon;27;18;17;22;—;84

3-point shots — Goshen 6-21 (Tecca 3-8, Sears 0-2, Carver 0-3, Archibeque 2-3, Noel 1-5), Southern Oregon 7-19 (Sahlinger 1-1, Tiani Bradford 1-4, Toria Bradford 0-3, Durand 1-3, Mullings 1-1, Reeves 3-7). Fouled out — Thomas. Rebounds — Goshen 35 (Williams 10), Southern Oregon 40 (Meister 8). Assists — Goshen 16 (Sears 5), Southern Oregon 16 (Sahlinger 4). Turnovers — Goshen 19, Southern Oregon 18. Total fouls — Goshen 24, Southern Oregon 15. Technical foul — Goshen bench.

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