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Hot shooting lifts Raider women

ASHLAND — With a 12-day layoff ahead, the Southern Oregon women’s basketball will happily sit on its best shooting performance in three seasons: a 54-percent display from the field that translated to a 76-65 defeat of College of Idaho on Saturday night at Lithia Motors Pavilion.

Sophomore guard Dominique Harding shot 7-of-11 to record 18 points, seven rebounds and three steals, and senior guard Daranda Hinkey hit 4-of-6 from 3-point range to score 14. The Raiders improved to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in Cascade Conference play, salvaging a split of the weekend.

Down 12-7 halfway through the first quarter, they rattled off 17 straight points and held the Yotes without a field goal for eight minutes. Harding accumulated nine points during the run, and Hinkey directed an offense that amassed a 20-7 advantage in fast-break points on the night.

The Yotes dropped to 4-9 and 2-2 in the CCC. They shot 38 percent as a team and were haunted by a 6-of-31 effort from downtown. Emily Hardwood went for 14 points and eight rebounds and Mackenzie Royce-Radford had 12 points and five assists.

The Raiders entered the contest connecting on 38 percent of their field-goal attempts for the season before the offensive explosion. Bryanna Raff was solid down low with 10 points, going 4-of-6, and Syd’Nee Fryer added seven points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Annika Riddell and Kalei Iwami helped with eight points apiece off the bench.

SOU enjoyed its largest lead at 57-35 after a Danasia Allison 3-pointer with 3:32 left in the third. The Yotes used a 13-0 rally to cut the deficit to six with three minutes left in the fourth, but Harding stopped it with a jumper from the wing.

The Raiders are off until Jan. 3, when they’re slated to visit Warner Pacific in Portland.

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