RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU women struggle early in loss
CALDWELL, Idaho — Southern Oregon dug itself in a hole that proved too deep as its fourth-quarter rally came up short in a 61-45 loss to College of Idaho on Friday at the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
The Raiders had won five straight entering the matchup. They’ve been without CCC player-of-the-year frontrunner Kami Walk in both of their conference losses. They were also missing head coach Carlotta Kloppenburg-Pruitt.
The Yotes (13-7 overall, 7-5 Cascade Conference) pushed a six-point halftime edge to 43-27 by the start of the fourth quarter, holding the Raiders (17-3, 10-2) to 8-of-44 shooting through the first three frames.
The lead was 18 when the Raiders went on a 10-0 run — getting 3-pointers from Kalei Iwami and Brianna Phiakhamngon to creep within striking distance with 4:28 left — but that was as close as they’d get.
C of I took advantage, spurred by Sienna Ringle, who posted 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Allie Cannon, who had 15 and nine.
SOU finished with a season-low shooting percentage of 23.8. Phiakhamngon (13 points) and Iwami (10 points) provided the offensive bright spots. Freshman post Clara Robbins, starting in place of Walk, contributed eight points and five rebounds but was limited by foul trouble to 13 minutes.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 97, SOU 47: At Caldwell, Idaho, No. 13-ranked College of Idaho hit its first eight field-goal attempts and six straight 3-pointers to start the game and stayed the course in a Cascade Conference win over Southern Oregon at the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
The Raiders (11-9, 8-4 CCC) rode a seven-game winning streak into the matchup but were down 27 points 12 minutes into it. The Yotes (17-3, 11-1) finished up at 9-of-12 from 3 in the first half to take a 50-22 lead into the break. They shot 63 percent for the game.
Drew Wyman scored a game-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, Charles Elzie scored 16 and Ricardo Time had 15 for C of I.
Josh Meyer’s 14 points and Atmar Mundu’s nine led the Raiders. Their bench - thinned by the absences of Joe Juhala and Jake Virga - was outscored 55-12 by C of I’s. Tez Allen wrapped with six points, nine rebounds and two steals.
SOU’s 33-percent mark from the field was its lowest since its last meeting with the Yotes, a 17-point loss in Ashland on Dec. 4.