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RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU women get another home win

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon women’s basketball team did its part to set up this week’s showdown for the Cascade Conference championship by running Multnomah out of Lithia Motors Pavilion on Saturday afternoon in a 79-51 drubbing.

The Raiders (24-4 overall, 17-3 CCC) topped off their perfect 13-0 regular season home record in routine fashion, letting their four seniors take the spotlight. Dominique Harding scored 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting; Syd’Nee Fryer had 10 points, six rebounds and three steals; Kenadee Honaker totaled five points, 10 rebounds, four assists and her 200th career steal; and Mallory Heard hit one of the team’s nine 3-pointers.

The Raiders will take a seven-game winning streak into the penultimate game of the regular season Friday at Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), which will also enter the matchup with a 17-3 CCC record along with an 11-game winning streak. A win there would clinch SOU’s first conference title since the 2016-17 season and an automatic bid to the 64-team NAIA National Tournament.

The Lions dropped to 5-21 and 5-14 in the CCC. The Raiders held them to 32-percent shooting a night after sticking Warner Pacific with a 35-percent clip.

Junior guard Brianna Phiakhamngon scored a team-high 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Sophomore forward Kami Walk just missed her fourth double-double in five outings, recording 11 points and nine rebounds.

After taking a two-point lead through one quarter, the Raiders outscored Multnomah 26-8 in the second behind Phiakhamngon’s eight points and Harding’s seven.

Men’s Basketball

SOU 66, MULTNOMAH 42: At Ashland, Southern Oregon held the Cascade Conference’s highest-scoring team 44 points below its season average, cruising to a defeat of Multnomah at Lithia Motors Pavilion.

With their seventh consecutive home win and a Corban loss, the Raiders (16-12 overall, 13-7 CCC) took over sole possession of third place with two regular-season games remaining.

They raced out to an 18-2 lead over the opening eight minutes as the Lions (13-15, 9-11) — fresh off an 82-80 upset of then-first-place Oregon Tech — clanked 13 of their first 14 attempts. Their aim didn’t improve much: they finished with a 22-percent mark from the field - the lowest mark for an SOU opponent in over a decade.

Josh Meyer amassed team-highs of 13 points and nine rebounds for the Raiders. Atmar Mundu had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Tez Allen went for five points, nine rebounds and two steals, and Joe Juhala added five points and nine boards.

Four more Raiders scored six points apiece.

A night after making just one 3-pointer, the Raiders hit eight. Mundu, Jake Virga and Mason Whittaker accounted for two apiece.

Softball

SOU SWEEPS MENLO: At Atherton, Calif., Katie Machado and Mayze Menefee twirled back-to-back shutouts as No. 5 Southern Oregon swept Menlo (Calif.), winning 8-0 in six innings and 2-0 at Wunderlich Field.

Machado improved to 3-0 in the opener, scattering five singles with four strikeouts and three walks. It was the sophomore's second shutout of the young season.

Menefee, a freshman, went to 2-0 by tossing a two-hitter. She retired the first eight Oaks she saw and, after surrendering a single, set down 12 more in a row into the seventh. She finished with four strikeouts and no walks.

The Raiders improved to 6-2 overall. Menlo dropped to 1-5.

Riley Donovan supplied the offense in Game 1 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored. Sarah Kerling reached base three times, scored twice and drove in a run. Rylan Austin, Kailer Fulton, Phelicity Fa'aita and Lauren Weinberg added an RBI apiece as the Raiders padded a 1-0 lead with three runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth.

Kerling was the offensive hero in Game 2, breaking a scoreless tie with a two-run single to center field in the fourth inning. Jordan Henderson and Piper Love set up the rally with back-to-back hits to start the frame.

Austin, Kerling and Love had two hits apiece.