Mejia scores 31 to lead SOU women
ASHLAND — Remi Mejia put her entire arsenal on display during her Senior Night, driving 10th-ranked Southern Oregon to an 86-65 women’s basketball win over Corban with a career-high 31 points Saturday at Mountain Avenue Gym.
Mixing four 3-pointers in with an array of floaters and fadeaways inside, Mejia, the 5-foot-5 guard from Medford, went 13-of-22 from the field and collected three steals.
She helped the Raiders jump out to a 48-36 lead after one half — during which she and junior forward Ariel Augustine combined for 35 points — and they scored the first 12 of the second to put the game away early.
The Raiders went to 23-2 overall and 15-2 in the Cascade Conference to keep a hold on second place, one game ahead of No. 14 Northwest Christian, which they'll host at 4 p.m. today.
Augustine finished with 18 points, five boards and two steals, and senior point guard Toria Bradford had 12 points and four assists.
Bradford also made two of her three attempts from 3, and as a team the Raiders went 10-of-23 downtown. The 44-percent 3-point accuracy was their best in eight weeks.
SOU 78, CORBAN 66: At Ashland, sophomore posts Tate Hoffman and Jordan Hunt led Southern Oregon to the win at Mountain Avenue Gym.
Hoffman totaled 17 points, shot 5-of-7 from 3 and pulled in a career-high 16 rebounds.
Hunt was quiet for most of the night, but when the Raiders trailed 62-61 with 4:32 left, his 3-pointer from the wing started a run of 15 unanswered points. Hunt was responsible for 11 of those — mixing in another 3, a floater and a three-point play inside — to finish with 15 points and seven boards.
The win made the Raiders 18-9 overall and 12-5 in the Cascade Conference, keeping them part of a pileup in the standings going into today’s 6 p.m. game against Northwest Christian. College of Idaho (17-1 CCC) clinched the outright regular-season title Saturday, but directly behind the Yotes are four five-loss teams: SOU, Eastern Oregon, Oregon Tech and Warner Pacific.
The Raiders were in jeopardy of letting another one get away early: They were down 27-14 midway through the first, but stayed in it largely due to Hoffman's four 3-pointers in the half and got within three points by the break.
Hoffman's five triples matched a season high for any Raider, and his rebound count was the highest for a Raider since Jan. 5, 2013. He was coming off Tuesday's 24-point, 10-rebound game at New Hope Christian; both were career-bests at the time.
Senior guard Ben DeSaulnier went 8-of-13 from the field and scored 13 of his 19 in the second half, where SOU shot 17-of-30 as a team to bring its cumulative clip up to 48 percent. Josh Washington made all three of his attempts off the bench to score seven.
RAIDERS DUO SIXTH: At Oklahoma City, Southern Oregon freshmen Olivia Ioppolo and Sienna Ramirez placed sixth in the Women's College Wrestling Association Championships.
The Raiders came into the tournament tied for 18th in the national rankings but finished 12th in the team standings with 54 points. Of the eight individuals who represented them at the tourney, seven chipped in with wins.
Ioppolo and Ramirez were the only ones left on Day 2 after becoming the sixth and seventh WCWA All-American's in SOU's three-year team history on Friday. Both overachieved along the way: Ioppolo came in unranked at 116 pounds and Ramirez was No. 9 at 143.
Ioppolo (20-12) dropped both of her Saturday matches — 7-0 against second-ranked Gabriela Ramos-Diaz of Wayland Baptist in the consolation semis, and 4-0 against Southwestern Oregon's Victoria Smith in the fifth-place match.
Ramirez (26-9), who was sent to the consolation bracket Friday in the quarterfinals, reached the consolation semis by opening Saturday with a 6-1 decision over Life's Brooke Pagan.
Ramirez lost her last two, 6-1 to fourth-ranked Alexia Foca of Campbellsville and 6-0 to Menlo's Angela Peralta in the fifth-place match.