SOU women keep road mark intact
CALDWELL, Idaho — Southern Oregon's women's basketball team shrugged off early sloppiness and pulled away from The College of Idaho, 70-62, to stay perfect on the road Friday night.
The Raiders (25-2 overall, 17-2 Cascade Conference) committed nine first-quarter turnovers and trailed 16-3 just five minutes into the game before getting cleaned up, using Remi Mejia's 17 points and Toria Bradford's 15 to win their fifth straight overall and 13th straight on the road.
Mejia's 3-pointer with four minutes left in the third put the Raiders up for good, 46-43. They retained the three-point edge heading into the fourth, which Bradford started with back-to-back uncontested fastbreak layups off of steals. The Yotes (10-15, 10-9) went on to turn the ball over six more times in the period, and Ariel Augustine wielded the dagger with a 3-pointer after Bradford's steal to make it 67-58 with a minute left.
Bradford and Kenadee Honaker both collected five steals, and Bradford also had five assists. Augustine and Mejia both hit 3-of-6 3-pointers, and Augustine's led to 13 points. Syd'Nee Fryer chipped in eight and five rebounds off the bench, going 4-of-5 to help SOU shoot 47 percent (29-of-62).
The Raiders are locked into the No. 2 seed in the CCC tournament going into Saturday's regular-season finale at sixth-ranked Eastern Oregon, which remained undefeated and clinched the outright title by defeating Oregon Tech.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 66, SOU 50: At Caldwell, Idaho, fourth-ranked College of Idaho avenged its only Cascade Conference loss by slowing down Southern Oregon for its 17th straight win in CCC play.
The Raiders' season-low offensive output was the product of 36-percent shooting against a lengthy matchup zone defense that the Yotes have used to rank second in the NAIA in points allowed. Ben DeSaulnier's jumper inside trimmed C of I's lead to eight points with four minutes to play, but SOU went scoreless the rest of the way.
The Raiders (19-10 overall, 13-6 CCC) can still land anywhere from the No. 2 to 5 seed in the conference tournament with one regular-season game to go Saturday at No. 21 Eastern Oregon.
Tate Hoffman's 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and six rebounds paced SOU.