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Women's basketball team signs first recruit of season

Southern Oregon University women's basketball coach Lynn Kennedy has signed his first recruit for the 2010-11 season.

Kennedy announced Monday that Nicole Mowbray has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Raiders after her senior year at Oak Harbor (Wash.) High School.

Mowbray, a 5-foot-10 forward, averaged 10 points and seven rebounds last year as a junior and also carries a 3.5 grade point average.

"Nicole is an unbelievable student-athlete who plays with a lot of energy and passion," Kennedy said. "She has the ability to finish in the post, get by a defender on drives and can step outside and shoot. On the defensive end, Nicole has all the skills to be a lock-down defender. We are very excited about Nicole's future as a Raider."

Mowbray led Oak Harbor to a 15-9 record last year and a fourth-place finish in the Class 4A District 1 playoffs.

Southern Oregon will graduate five seniors following the 2009-10 season.

Speer named player of week

Southern Oregon's Jacki Speer was named Cascade Conference Player of the Week.

Speer earned the honor after leading the 18th-ranked Raiders (4-0) past 26th-ranked Holy Names 82-79 in overtime.

The senior came away with her fourth double-double of the season, scoring 22 points and grabbing a school-record 28 rebounds while adding three blocks and two steals. She also moved up to second on the SOU's career rebound list.

SOU travels to Great Falls, Mont., this weekend to take on host Great Falls and Montana State-Northern.