SOU ROUNDUP: No. 8 SOU steamrolls NWC
EUGENE — The eighth-ranked Southern Oregon men’s basketball team scored its most lopsided win over Northwest Christian since 1980 on Friday night, 94-66 behind Teron Bradford’s 20 points, six rebounds and two steals at the Morse Event Center.
Thirteen different Raiders logged a made bucket and they collectively held the Beacons to a season-low clip of 31 percent from the field to stop their winning streak at four games.
Bradford’s output was a season-high in Cascade Conference play. The sophomore guard shot 6-of-7 from the field and was perfect on three 3-point attempts in the opening stanza, pushing the Raiders to a 17-point halftime lead.
Tate Hoffman checked in with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Raiders, who won for the 11th time in 12 outings to up their record to 19-5 overall and 13-3 in the CCC. While shooting 49 percent from the field with 10 3-point makes, they also amassed just nine turnovers - marking the eighth straight game they’ve committed 10 or fewer.
Jordan Hunt went for nine points, four rebounds and three blocks. Brad Allen recorded each of his seven points and five offensive rebounds in the second half, and Josh Washington added seven more points off the bench. Kiefer Edwards and Conor Carroll scored six apiece.
Up 22-15 with eight minutes left in the first half, back-to-back 3s from Bradford and Hunt started at 26-16 spurt that brought the Raiders comfortably into the break. In the second half, they led by as many as 34.
It was a sharp contrast to the teams’ meeting three weeks ago in Ashland, which the Raiders pulled out 77-74 after NCU missed a shot to tie at the buzzer.
They’ll attempt to complete the weekend sweep today at Corban, tipping off at 7:30 p.m.
NO. 17 NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 84, SOUTHERN OREGON 60: At Eugene, Northwest Christian kept its spot in first place and got back at Southern Oregon with a dominant Cascade Conference win Friday night at the Morse Event Center.
Morgan McKinney had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists to spark the Beacons, who have won six in a row since a 76-74 loss to the Raiders on Feb. 7 in Ashland. The junior forward scored 17 in the first half with a 4-of-5 display from 3-point range, helping NCU race out to a 30-point lead.
The Beacons went to 19-4 overall and 13-2 in the CCC. They remained one game ahead of second-place Eastern Oregon in the loss column.
The Raiders (15-8, 11-5) are tied in the loss column in third place with Corban, which they’ll visit at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Against the Beacons, they were sunk by a 32-percent clip from the field. Daranda Hinkey and Danasia Allison scored team-highs of eight points apiece, while Izzy Hernandez and Delaney Sparling both had seven.
Hernandez also pulled in a career-high six rebounds, while Kami Walk totaled six points and seven boards.
The Beacons shot 46 percent for the game and went 21-of-36 in the first half, where the knocked down seven of their 11 3-pointers. Aspen Slifka finished with 15 points, Kaylen Kamelamela had 13 and Dani Baker added 10.
SOCAL CLASSIC: At Lake Elsinore, Calif., the No. 1-ranked Southern Oregon University softball team took two of three on Day 1 of the TCS NAIA SoCal Classic on Friday at Rosetta Canyon Sports Park, defeating No. 25 Marymount (Calif.) 11-3 in five innings, dropping a 2-0 decision to Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), and finishing with a 13-8 win over No. 9 Vanguard (Calif.).
The Raiders improved to 7-2 with three more to play today at the Classic. Official statistics have not been provided by the tournament host, Triple Crown Sports.
Against Marymount, Allie Stines went 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs, Lauren Quirke went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs, and the pair accounted for half of the Raiders’ total hit count in an affair shortened by the eight-run rule.
Quirke smacked an RBI double in the first and a two-run double in SOU’s five-run second inning. The Raiders, with the help of four Mariners errors, went up 10-2 by the end of the third. Stines’ RBI single with two outs in the fifth triggered the mercy rule.
Abbie Lewis and Hannah Shimek added two hits apiece. Junior pitcher Hannah Lilly earned her first win as a Raider by working 4 1/3 innings, and Hannah Stark recorded the last two outs.
Sophomore pitcher Jordyn Ragan’s first career complete game was spoiled against Embry-Riddle, as the Raiders were three-hit by the Eagles and shut out for the second time this season.
Ragan allowed five hits in the effort, giving up runs in the second and fifth innings. Stines, Mackenzie Evangelisti and Avery Morehead-Hutsell accounted for SOU’s only hits.
Against Vanguard, the Raiders broke a 5-5 tie with six runs in the fifth inning, scoring their four win over a ranked opponent already behind another big game for Quirke, who went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and three RBIs.
Tayler Walker hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Quirke launched a solo shot in the fourth. Lewis and Stines poked three hits each, and Paige Leeper went 2-for-5 with three runs and an RBI.
Gabby Sandoval earned the decision, improving to 4-0 with her fourth complete game. Half of the eight runs on her ledger were unearned.