SOU sets 3-point record in tourney romp
KLAMATH FALLS — Three-point shooting was the Southern Oregon women’s most glaring weak spot through the first three games of the season.
In the fourth, the second-ranked Raiders sizzled Saturday afternoon against Cal Maritime at the Midland Empire Classic.
SOU set a school record for 3-point makes against the Keelhaulers in an 86-45 win, its third straight, by going 16-for-32 from downtown. The Raiders were 19-for-78 — 24 percent — in their first three games.
Majerle Reeves came off the bench to set the tone with a career-high 20 points on 6-of-10 on 3s. Four other Raiders knocked down two 3-pointers: Toria Bradford, Autumn Durand, Daranda Hinkey and Delaney Sparling.
SOU (3-1 overall) also got 15 points and 13 rebounds from Durand, the 10th double-double of her career and second in as many days. Demi Sahlinger went for eight points and 10 assists, matching a career high in the latter.
Tiani Bradford added 13 points, five rebounds and three steals, Toria Bradford had eight points and four steals, and Casey Williams chipped in six rebounds, four assists and three steals off the bench. The Raiders forced 26 turnovers and committed 14.
Cal Maritime fell to 0-7.
WILLIAM JESSUP 74, SOU 64: At Klamath Falls, Southern Oregon endured shooting woes and couldn’t get out of an early hole in at the Midland Empire Classic.
The Warriors (6-2 overall) started the game on a 15-2 run and the Raiders (4-2) missed nine shots and committed three turnovers before converting their first field goal seven minutes into the game. SOU kept pace from there, getting within four points on two occasions in the second half, but never got over the hump.
Ben DeSaulnier went 6-for-10 to lead the Raiders with 18 points. His converted three-point play, after a fast-break lob from Kenny Meyer, cut the lead to 65-61 with 3:32 left to play. The Warriors came back with Cody Wilcox’s three-point play, and DeSaulnier slashed to the basket on the other end and was fouled while making a layup but missed the ensuing free throw.
The Raiders misfired on their last five shots, finishing the night 23-for-60 from the field and 4-for-22 from 3-point range.
Tristen Holmes scored 11 of his 15 in the first half and had six rebounds and four assists. Meyer recorded 10 points and three assists and Jordan Hunt collected 11 rebounds.
ZAVALA SECOND: At Marshall, Mo., Southern Oregon freshman Desiree Zavala's runner-up showing at 143 pounds led eight Raider placers at the Missouri Valley Open.
Alejandra Rodriguez (130 pounds) placed third, Kal Holliday (130) and Gladdys Palma (136) were fourth and Jade Martin took fifth for the 10th-ranked Raiders at the tournament, which featured 17 of the top teams in the Women's College Wrestling Association.
Milagros Garcia (191) checked in at seventh place, while Madelynn McIlwain (123) and Nicole Diaz (170) finished eighth in their respective brackets.
With four straight wins to reach the final, Zavala was 8-0 on the season before losing by fall to Monica Ramirez in the title match. She started the day with a pin of Jamestown's Pamela Fehr and continued on with three straight technical falls against Lindenwood's Claudia Gallegos, Oklahoma City's Margaret Douma and Lafayette's Skylar Grote.
Rodriguez won the 130-pound third-place match against her teammate, Holliday, by 12-7 decision.