Raider women handle Yotes
ASHLAND — The 12th-ranked Southern Oregon women's basketball team didn't let the sting of its first loss linger for long, jumping all over The College of Idaho early in a 76-63 Cascade Conference victory Sunday at Mountain Avenue Gym.
A night after offensive woes plagued the Raiders (8-1, 1-1 Cascade Conference) against No. 7 Eastern Oregon, they knocked down five 3-pointers in the first quarter, led by 15 points seven minutes into the game and never looked back.
Ariel Augustine scored a team-high 16 points, hitting a pair from downtown, and grabbed five rebounds. Toria Bradford went for 10 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals, while Remi Mejia had 13 points and five steals and Kenadee Honaker scored a season-high 10 points with three steals off the bench.
The Raiders forced the Yotes (1-7, 1-1) into 23 turnovers, including 10 in the second quarter to bring a 49-25 lead into halftime. They've won 11 straight games in the head-to-head series.
C of I, which on Saturday night stole a 52-49 win at Oregon Tech, got 17 points from Alyssa Case and Lindy Westendorf's nine points and 13 rebounds. The Yotes shot just 35 percent (19-of-55) from the field, getting off 22 fewer attempts than the Raiders, and 19-of-27 at the free-throw line.
The Raiders recorded assists on 21 of their 27 makes and scored 21 points off turnovers and 17 in transition. Their lead was as large as 29 points in the third quarter and 21 with3:34 left to play.
Destinee Jones chipped in nine points, nine rebounds and two steals.
After a week off, the Raiders will pick up at home on Dec. 12 with a 5:30 p.m. non-conference game against Western Oregon.
SOUTHERN OREGON 100, COLLEGE OF IDAHO 93: At Ashland, slowed by lingering injuries in recent weeks, Southern Oregon University guard Kenny Meyer picked an opportune moment to bounce back with a career-best offensive outburst.
Meyer, a senior from Sparks, Nev., dazzled with 30 points on 9-of-12 shooting off the bench to enable the 13th-ranked Raiders' upset of No. 7 The College of Idaho.
Meyer — along with junior point guard Tristen Holmes, who went for 23 points and 11 assists, and senior guard Ben DeSaulnier, who scored 19 on just eight shots — shot the Yotes (7-4, 1-1 Cascade Conference) out of their zone defense. The Raiders (7-3, 2-0), though, had to hold off a late charge in which C of I trimmed what had been an 18-point margin with 4:36 remaining to four points in a matter of a few minutes.
The Yotes brought a six-game winning streak into the matchup, capped by Saturday's 71-68 win at No. 22 Oregon Tech, but watched the Raiders shoot 22-of-33, including 7-of-13 from downtown, in the first half en route to a 55-36 advantage at the break.
Positioned in the middle of that zone, Meyer asserted himself early in going 5-of-6 before halftime. He finished with three 3-pointers and a 9-of-11 mark from the free-throw line. After scoring in double figures in SOU's first three games, he'd scored a combined 18 points in the previous six.
Since the start of the 2012-13 season, the Yotes have allowed 100 points or more on three occasions in conference play — each time against SOU. The Raiders have defeated C of I at home three of the last four years.
They led 92-74 to play before C of I scored 14 unanswered. Talon Pinckney's back-to-back 3-pointers made it 92-88 with 1:46 to go, and at that score the Yotes stole possession after Meyer's foot was ruled out of bounds on an inbounds play following the second triple.
To regain control, SOU forward Jordan Hunt blocked a Gibson Berryhill attempt inside and grabbed the rebounds, and Meyer hit a pair of free throws on the other end to bring the lead back to six.
Pinckney shined for the Yotes with 22 points and eight assists, and Aziz Leaks recorded his fourth straight double-double with 18 points and 11 boards. Nate Bruneel scored 15 points and Roosevelt Adams added 14 with four 3-pointers, including a couple during the comeback.
SOU finished with a 57-percent clip (34-of-60) from the field and went 11-of-23 from downtown. Hunt finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The offensive activity was clean on both ends: The teams combined for only 13 turnovers — only one individual had more than one — and went 37-of-45 from the free-throw line.
SOU will be off until Dec. 15 and 16, when it travels to Washington for CCC games at Northwest and Evergreen.
RAIDERS SPLIT: The Southern Oregon men's wrestling team made a long Saturday worthwhile, closing it with a 52-4 win over Simpson (Calif.) after driving away from San Francisco State with a 32-13 loss earlier in the afternoon.
In evening their dual record at 2-2 against the Redhawks, the 11th-ranked Raiders won by fall four times, scored two technical falls and benefited from three forfeits. The Raiders closed the contest with pins in each of the last four contests — Cody Stahl over Lucas Warnock at 165, Micah Arakawa over Layten Briggs at 174, Tanner Fischer over Kristopher Kranich at 197, and Zane Wardwell over Chris Borba in the heavyweight bout.
Trey Long (125) earned a 16-1, match-opening technical fall to get the Raiders going, and after a pair of forfeits and a 149-pound loss Chandler Michael (157) got another over Robert Gonzalez, 21-6.
The win was SOU's 10th over Simpson in as many head-to-head matchups.
At S.F. State, the Raiders jumped out to a 13-9 lead before dropping the last five matches.
Michael started the afternoon with an 11-4 decision over Landen Myer. After consecutive Gators wins, Max Hane (184) worked Elias Rosales, 13-1, and Fischer pined Kevin Henry in the second round for the four-point lead.
The Gators countered with Sam Alnassiri's pin at heavyweight, Brandon Vu's technical fall at 125, decisions for Nate Cervantes (133) and Josh Villafo (141), and Isiah Alva's match-closing pin at 149.
Fischer, ranked fourth in the NAIA at 197, improved to 4-0 in dual action with three bonus-point victories. Michael and Hane both went to 3-1.
After two weeks off, the Raiders will pick up on Dec. 17 at the Reno Tournament of Champions. Their next dual is onJan. 2 at Providence (Mont.).