RAIDER ROUNDUP: Walk pours in 39 to lead SOU women
KLAMATH FALLS — Kami Walk poured in the highest point total for a Southern Oregon player in 28 years and dominated the fourth quarter to help the Raiders pull away for a 77-67 win over Simpson (Calif.) on Saturday at Danny Miles Court.
Walk, a sophomore forward from Eugene, scored 39 — putting her at No. 4 on SOU’s all-time single-game list — and pulled down 12 rebounds for her third double-double in five games. She did it from all over the floor, shooting 11-of-17 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 15-of-16 from the line. Her free-throw make total was the fifth-highest in SOU history.
The Raiders trailed by one with 9:35 left in the fourth quarter after an Ellie Hamel jumper, but on SOU’s ensuing possession Walk sparked a 14-2 Raider run in which she contributed nine points. Walk finished with 16 in the quarter and totaled 29 in the second half.
With their second win against Simpson (1-7), the Raiders improved to 4-1 heading into Tuesday’s Cascade Conference opener against Oregon Tech. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
Redshirt-freshman post Clara Robbins added season-highs of 13 points and six rebounds for SOU, shooting 6-of-11 off the bench. Dominique Harding recorded nine points, six rebounds and three steals.
The Raiders shot just 39 percent compared to Simpson’s 50 but maintained the edge by compiling a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds and committing just nine turnovers while forcing 22.
They faced a 37-34 halftime deficit after defeating the Redhawks by 39 points just 12 days ago.
SOU 55, PARK GILBERT 50: At Ashland, Josh Meyer had his second double-double of the weekend with 12 points and 15 rebounds and Joe Juhala totaled 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three blocks as Southern Oregon won the final game of the Flagship Inn Classic.
The Raiders struggled outside of that frontcourt production and K’wan Carter’s 10 bench points, turning the ball over 22 times and shooting 43% as a team.
SOU went 8-of-25 from the field in the first half and the score was tied with 10 minutes left when Carter put the Raiders up for good with a 3-pointer from the corner and a dunk in transition that went for a three-point play.
MISSOURI VALLEY OPEN: At Marshall, Mo., Southern Oregon’s Sienna Ramirez won eight consecutive consolation matches to claim third-place in the 155-pound bracket and lead the Raiders to seventh out of 36 in the team standings.
SOU was third among NAIA teams with 94 1/2 points, finishing behind only fourth-ranked Grand View (Iowa) (119 1/2) and top-ranked Life (Ga.) (110). King (Tenn.) won the overall title with 244 points.
The Raiders had two placers in addition to Ramirez: Emily Se, who was fifth at 136, and Carolina Moreno, the seventh-place finisher at 123.
Ramirez, the NAIA’s top-ranked wrestler at 155, improved to 18-2 on the season. After dropping her opening match by a 4-3 decision to King’s Tiffani Baublitz, she dominated the rest of the way with four pins and four technical falls. She ended the third-place match by 12-2 technical fall against unattached wrestler Aurum Taylor.