RAIDER ROUNDUP: Harding, Carroll net career highs to pace SOU
ASHLAND — Dominique Harding’s career-high 29 points were just enough for the Southern Oregon women’s basketball team to thwart Evergreen (Wash.)’s upset bid, 81-79 in Cascade Conference play Friday night at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
After the Geoducks pulled even on Angela Sikora’s 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining - erasing all of what had been a 20-point deficit in the second quarter - Harding got her last points on a second-chance bucket that put the Raiders back up for good, 79-77, on their ensuing possession.
Kami Walk split a pair of free throws with five seconds left to account for SOU’s final tally before Jerri Maluyo’s running 3-point attempt for the win bounced off the backboard from straight on as the buzzer sounded.
The Raiders bumped their record to 14-7 overall and 10-4 in the CCC, staying in a third-place tie with Corban going into Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. matchup against Northwest (Wash.).
Harding, a sophomore guard, shot 11-of-17 with a 4-of-6 mark from 3 in eclipsing 25 points for the third time this season. She scored 17 in the second half, helping SOU hold on after holding a 49-34 advantage at the break.
Freshman post Kami Walk also played big with 16 points, scoring in double figures for the third time in four games while matching a season-high with nine rebounds. Syd’Nee Fryer had six points and eight boards and Daranda Hinkey became the 14th Raider ever to amass 250 assists in a career by distributing a team-high six.
Trinity Betoney, the conference’s leading scorer, got the Geoducks back in the game by totaling 17 of her 20 points in the second half. Maluyo went for 13 points, 10 assists and three steals, and Sikora drilled five 3-pointers off the bench en route to 17 points.
The Raiders shot 45 percent from the field and hit 10 3-pointers. They went 16-of-28 with eight of those triples in the first half, taking their biggest lead wat 41-21 on a Walk layup six minutes into the second quarter.
SOU 99, EVERGREEN 40: At Ashland, Southern Oregon guard Conor Carroll had the hot hand as the 15th-ranked Raiders hammered Evergreen (Wash.) at Lithia Motors Pavilion, marking the Raiders’ largest margin of victory ever in a Cascade Conference game.
Carroll, a senior from South Medford High, scored 22 of his career-high 26 points in the second half, where the Raiders outscored the Geoducks 53-12. The lefty’s 9-of-12 outing from the field included a 5-of-7 mark from 3-point range.
Senior forward Tate Hoffman added his sixth double-double of the season and his third in SOU’s last four games with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Raiders (17-5 overall, 11-3 CCC) picked up their ninth win in 10 outings ahead of Saturday’s key clash against Northwest (Wash.), which will enter the contest with a 9-3 circuit record. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The point total for Evergreen (3-17, 0-14) was the lowest for an SOU opponent in any game since the Raiders held Pacific to 39 points during the 2005-06 season. The Geoducks, led by Anthony Grandberry’s 11 points, shot just 26 percent from the field.
Teron Bradford chipped in 10 points, Jordan Hunt and Josh Washington had nine apiece, and Kiefer Edwards added eight. Hunt, Washington and Edwards also combined for 18 rebounds and Brad Allen recorded seven.