SOU women improve to 9-1 with win over College of Idaho
ASHLAND — A familiar storyline played out in the Southern Oregon women’s basketball team’s seventh consecutive win, a 60-49 handling of College of Idaho on Saturday afternoon at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
The Yotes became the fourth opponent in a row to finish below the 50-point mark against SOU (9-1), which is one of three teams still unbeaten through three Cascade Conference games. The latest diminutive total was the product of C of I’s 30-percent accuracy from the field.
SOU forward Kami Walk produced her second double-double of the weekend and fifth of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Raiders had their own issues offensively but redshirt-freshman forward Mia Wilmot gave them a welcome boost off the bench, shooting 5-of-5 to score a season-high 10 points.
They failed to pull away early despite holding the Yotes to two points in the first quarter. C of I trimmed its deficit to 35-32 with six minutes left in the third when SOU made its move with nine unanswered points to end the quarter, sparked by back-to-back Walk buckets inside.
Allie Cannon and Jada Reed both scored 11 points for the Yotes (7-4 overall, 1-2 CCC), who never led a day after pulling out an overtime win at Oregon Tech.
Syd’Nee Fryer contributed nine points and four rebounds to SOU’s cause. Brianna Phiakhamngon had seven points and five of SOU’s 14 assists, while Danasia Allison added six points, two assists and two steals.
Phiakhamngon, a junior point guard, also directed an offense that committed only nine turnovers. She didn’t account for any of them.
The Raiders have started 9-1 eight times in the last 10 years. They’ve won 13 of their last 14 regular-season games against C of I.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 66, SOU 49: At Ashland, more shooting woes plagued Southern Oregon in a Cascade Conference loss to 15th-ranked College of Idaho at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
The Raiders (4-7, 1-2) wrapped up at 31 percent from the field and shot 6-of-22 from 3-point range against the Yotes’ zone defense.
After taking their first lead at 18-17 on Jayson McMillan’s jumper midway through the first half, they immediately surrendered a 17-2 run and never recovered.
The Yotes improved to 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the CCC. They posted a 34-12 advantage on points in the paint behind Drew Wyman and Jake O’Neil, who scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Josh Meyer finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Raiders, a night after scoring a season-high 26 in a last-second win over Eastern Oregon.
SOU 31, PROVIDENCE 17: At Great Falls, Mont., the top-ranked Southern Oregon women’s wrestling team nailed down six pins, including four in a row to end the day in a dual win over No. 14 Providence (Mont.).
The Raiders fell behind 14-0 through the first three matches before 123-pounder Carolina Moreno and 130-pounder Jordynn Robson picked them up, winning by fall against Skylar Connelly and Gabbie Parini.
Providence’s Paige Respicio temporarily stopped the bleeding for the Argos with a decision over Jordynn Robson to make the score 17-11. It was all Raiders the rest of the way.
Ramona Jimenez (143), Sienna Ramirez (155), Bailey Dennis (170) and Karrah Smith (191) came through with successive pins — downing Morgan Mackey, Sadie Antoque, Joji Miner-Ho and Lexi Tupuola.