SOU women romp to most lopsided victory
ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon women's basketball team scored the first 20 points of the night, picked up 31 offensive rebounds and forced 31 turnovers in its most lopsided victory of the season, a 90-39 decision against winless Multnomah on Saturday at Mountain Avenue Gym.
Junior forward Ariel Augustine totaled 15 points, eight rebounds and two steals, and freshman Syd'Nee Fryer recorded her first double-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and two steals as the 11th-ranked Raiders went to 13-1 overall and 5-1 in the Cascade Conference.
Their dominant performance yielded advantages of 33-2 in fast-break points, 21-2 in second-chance points and 38-9 from the reserves. Eye-popping discrepancies in turnovers and offensive rebounds equated to 38 more field goal attempts for the Raiders (33-of-88) than the Lions (14-of-50).
A wide cast of contributors got in on the action: Remi Mejia had 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, six assists and five steals; Sophia Altemus recorded 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals; and Toria Bradford went for 11 points and six assists.
Kenadee Honaker was the only Raider who didn't score, but she made her mark with season-highs of eight rebounds and seven of the team's 26 steals.
By halftime, the Raiders held a 43-16 lead.
The Lions (0-15, 0-5) got 12 points from Valerie Wakefield and 10 from Rachelle Tau.
SOU 86, MULTNOMAH 68: At Ashland, Ben DeSaulnier scored 19 points and the Southern Oregon bench pitched in 45 against Multnomah as the ninth-ranked Raiders improved to 5-1 in the Cascade Conference.
A pedestrian 9-of-34 display from 3-point territory didn't stop the Raiders (10-5 overall) from handling the Lions' zone defense: SOU shot 45 percent overall, assisted on 26 of its 34 makes and committed just nine turnovers. Guards Tristen Holmes (six points, 10 rebounds, nine assists) and Kenny Meyer (nine points, nine assists, eight rebounds) were the catalysts and combined for just two turnovers.
After jumping out to a 15-2 lead in the opening five minutes, the Raiders were up 48-24 by halftime. Jordan Hunt scored 14, Conor Carroll had 13, and Tule O'Rourke and Aaron Borich both hit a pair of 3-pointers off the bench to keep them in cruise control.
DeSaulnier went 7-of-14 from the field, making all six of his attempts from inside the arc and collecting seven rebounds. Meyer, a night after scoring 26 in an overtime win over No. 25 Warner Pacific, recorded career highs in both assists and rebounds.
Brett Blackstock had team highs of 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Multnomah (4-10, 1-4 CCC).
The Lions shot 35 percent from the field, the lowest clip of the season for an SOU opponent.