SOU women notch 12th straigth victory
PORTLAND — Toria Bradford was one steal short of a school record with eight and also recorded 14 points, six rebounds and four assists in fourth-ranked Southern Oregon's 69-45 women's basketball win over Multnomah on Friday evening at Jim Skagen Court.
Autumn Durand added 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and nine rebounds for the Raiders (12-1 overall, 5-0 Cascade Conference), who extended their winning streak to 12 games going into today's 5:30 p.m. matchup at Warner Pacific.
SOU never trailed, going up 17-6 through one quarter, but allowed Multnomah (3-8, 2-3) to hang around until the fourth period, when they outscored the Lions 22-12. Though the Raiders only shot 34 percent from the field (29-of-85) and went 8-of-38 from 3-point range, they compensated with 24 offensive rebounds and 24 turnovers forced.
Tiani Bradford had nine points and seven rebounds, and Demi Sahlinger contributed four points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Toria Bradford has now scored in double figures in six of SOU's last seven games. She did so in five of her prior 41 games as a Raider. Ten of her points (and 11 of Durand's) were scored as SOU built a 38-18 halftime edge.
Multnomah was led by Katherine Edmonds' six points and 12 rebounds and Miranda Schmillen's nine points and six boards. The Lions shot 32 percent (17-of-54) from the field.
Dating back to last season, the Raiders have won 15 conference games in a row.
SOU 96, MULTNOMAH 67: At Portland, freshman forward Tate Hoffman made the most of his first Cascade Conference start in Southern Oregon's win.
Hoffman, a product of West Linn High, made all eight of his first-half attempts and drilled his fifth 3-pointer on SOU's first possession of the second half to tally a career-high 24 points. His 9-for-9 night from the field was accompanied by eight rebounds to lead the Raiders, who improved to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the CCC.
Ben DeSaulnier scored 16 points and Jason Simmrin, another freshman forward, recorded 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and six rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench. Tristen Holmes added six points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
The Raiders shot 55 percent from the field (38-of-69) and assisted on 24 of their buckets.
The Lions (4-10, 1-4) were down 46-37 at halftime and cut SOU's lead to six on Trevor Cooley's 3-pointer out of the break, but went on to watch the Raiders shoot 21-of-34 for the rest of the night.