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SOU women topple William Jessup to finish perfect road trip

ROCKLIN, Calif. – The Southern Oregon women’s basketball team stayed hot Saturday with a 64-44 win over William Jessup (Calif.) at Warrior Arena, completing a weekend sweep at the WJU Thanksgiving Classic to improve to 7-1.

Tied 19-19 in the second quarter, the Raiders broke the game open by taking a 19-2 run into halftime. Brianna Phiakhamngon sparked it with a couple of 3-pointers and she and Kami Walk scored eight points apiece in the quarter.

Walk finished with 13 points and six rebounds and Phiakhamngon had 12 points, three assists and two steals. Dominique Harding scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Syd’Nee Fryer went for nine points and game-highs of 12 rebounds and four steals.

The Raiders have won five straight heading into next Friday and Saturday’s Cascade Conference games against Eastern Oregon and College of Idaho in Ashland.

They were on the better end of a sloppy affair with the Warriors (4-7) in which the teams combined for 49 turnovers.

The Raiders made up for their 25 by shooting 45 percent, including 9-of-18 accuracy from 3-point range. Kalei Iwami went 3-for-4 downtown on her way to 11 points.

The Warriors shot 37 percent, making them the fifth Raider opponent that’s failed to crack 40. Monica Valenzuela scored a team-high eight points and needed eight field-goal attempts to get there.

“We played relentless team defense today,” SOU coach Carlotta Kloppenburg-Pruitt said. “I’m really proud of the effort and togetherness this team showed throughout the tournament.”

The Raiders led by as many as 25 points in the fourth.