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No. 2 Raiders roll in exhibition opener

ARCATA, Calif. – The short-handed Southern Oregon women's basketball team was too much for Humboldt State in the Raiders' season debut Thursday night, punching in with an 89-72 exhibition win at Lumberjack Arena.

The second-ranked Raiders — down one post, Anushka Maldonado, until December and another, Courtney Setzer, due to injury — dominated their NCAA Division II opponent behind 21 points, five rebounds, five steals and five assists from senior forward Autumn Durand and a collective 53-percent effort from the field, a mark they reached only once in 2015-16.

Durand got plenty of help from forward Sydney Mullings (14 points, six rebounds, four assists), point guard Demi Sahlinger (12 points, three assists, three steals), guard Toria Bradford (nine points, five rebounds, two assists) and reserve guard Majerle Reeves (12 points, 4-for-3 from 3-point range).

The Raiders forced 21 turnovers and committed just nine. In the first half, on their way to a 48-33 lead at the break, they had eight steals and a 17-1 advantage in points off turnovers.

Their lead grew as large as 32 points at 75-43 in the final minute of the third quarter.

Tiani Bradford added nine points, three rebounds and three steals.

SOU plays its first counter next Friday at Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), the No. 7 team in the NAIA Div. I poll.