RAIDER ROUNDUP: Walk-less SOU sees win streak snapped
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Evergreen (Wash.) took advantage of Southern Oregon star Kami Walk’s absence by scoring a 56-47 upset of the first-place Raiders in a Cascade Conference matchup Saturday afternoon at the Costantino Recreation Center.
The Geoducks (3-6, 2-4 CCC) held the Raiders (12-2, 5-1) to 17-of-57 shooting and took the lead for good a couple minutes into the third quarter, eventually ending SOU’s winning streak at 10 games. They made all four of their 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter and all seven in the game. Monique Bungay hit four of them on the way to 17 points.
Syd’Nee Fryer scored 14 points, Brianna Phiakhamngon recorded 11 points and six rebounds in a losing effort for the Raiders, who had been the only unbeaten team left in CCC play. They’re now among four one-loss teams.
Walk — who averaged 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds through the team’s first 13 games — did not test positive for COVID-19 but was unavailable due to contact tracing protocols. She’s expected to return to the lineup when the Raiders visit Northwest (Wash.) this afternoon.
The Geoducks weathered absences of their own, including that of their leading scorer, and had just six players in uniform.
They also overcame getting up 20 fewer field-goal attempts than SOU by making three more and finishing up at 54%.
SOU had the deficit down to three points after Dominique Harding made a jumper 18 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Caitlyn Yenne and Bungay answered with back-to-back 3-pointers. After the Raiders cut it to 43-38 with 5:27 to play, another Bungay triple started an 11-0 Geoducks run.
SOU’s point total marked its lowest of the season. Evergreen’s field-goal percentage was the highest yet for a Raider opponent.
SOU 103, EVERGREEN 65: At Olympia, Wash., Tez Allen was the face of Southern Oregon’s offensive outburst as the Raiders raced to a CCC win against Evergreen at the Costantino Recreation Center.
Allen, a 6-foot-5 junior, scored a career-high 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting. K’wan Carter added a season-high 20 on 8-of-9 accuracy as the Raiders (6-8, 3-3 CCC) shot 67 percent from the field (41-of-61) — their best mark since hitting 73% against Evergreen in 2015.
They’ve won back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Geoducks dropped to 1-9 overall and 1-5 in the CCC.
Three more Raiders joined Allen and Carter in double figures: Atmar Mundu (14 points), Elijah Jackson (13) and Josh Meyer (10). Meyer and Mason Whittaker both added four assists.
Allen’s breakout was the most encouraging development for the Raiders. After averaging 14 points last spring, the All-CCC performer had only hit that number once this season before Saturday. He hit three 3-pointers while burying his previous career-high of 25.
Carter got his 20 in his first start with two Raiders unavailable in COVID-19 protocols.
The Raiders never trailed and were up 30-6 just seven minutes into the matchup.