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SOU's first-half flurry downs Walla Walla

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Senior forward Ariel Augustine scored a career-high 25 points and had a big hand in a first-half downpour from downtown as Southern Oregon eased to a 73-49 win over Walla Walla (Wash.) on Friday afternoon at Lithia Motors Pavilion.

The 18th-ranked Raiders (9-4 overall, 5-2 Cascade Conference) combined for 11 3-pointers in the first and second quarters, their highest total in a single half in at least a decade. Augustine hit three of them and finished 10-of-17 from the field with seven rebounds.

The Raiders hit 11-of-23 from deep before halftime, going up 30-10 after a quarter, and went 12-of-36 for the game. Junior point guard Daranda Hinkey accounted for two 3-pointers and recorded 11 points and three assists.

The Wolves (2-14, 1-6) stayed winless in eight all-time meetings with SOU. The teams will run it back at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Playing with a shorthanded bench, the Raiders got eight points, seven rebounds and four assists out of freshman Dominique Harding in a spot start. Danasia Allison scored eight and Mallory Heard had a pair of 3-pointers with six boards, marking season-highs for both freshmen.

Delaney Sparling (6 points, 5 assists) was the fourth Raider with multiple triples. Destinee Jones added 10 rebounds and three steals and Kenadee Honaker compiled five points, eight boards and four steals.

The Raiders went 28-of-71 overall, racking up 19 more field-goal attempts than the Wolves thanks to a 21-6 advantage on the offensive glass.

Titi Graham had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Carolina Montes scored 12 for the Wolves.

Men’s Wrestling

SOU GOES 1-2 AT NWCA-NAIA NATIONAL DUALS: At Louisville, Ky., the 12th-ranked Southern Oregon University men’s wrestling team fell one win short of the placing rounds at the NWCA-NAIA National Duals, going 1-2 at the Kentucky Expo Center.

The Raiders opened with a 23-15 setback against No. 11 Missouri Valley, stayed alive with a 42-14 win against Bethany (Kan.), and were eliminated 22-19 by No. 13 Southeastern (Fla.). The losses spoiled three perfect individual efforts: 10th-ranked Pancho Barrera (125 pounds), fourth-ranked Tanner Fischer (197) and 13th-ranked Devin Poppen (149) each went 2-0 and accepted a forfeit apiece.

Fischer, who improved to 8-1 in dual matches, defeated a pair of ranked opponents in No. 20 Terry Martin of Bethany and No. 12 Luis Peguero of Southeastern. After three bonus-point losses put the Raiders in a hole against MVC, his 13-12 defeat of Martin trimmed their deficit to 20-15. Jesse Gomez sealed it for MVC in the heavyweight match by outlasting Max Hane, 13-6.

The Raiders accepted six forfeit victories against Bethany. Barrera had their lone win in a contested match, pinning Logan McDowell in 5:14.

Barrera also started the Southeastern matchup with a 16-3 major decision over Edward Barratt. Poppen later tied the score, 10-10, with a pin of Lukas Twardosky in 1:09.

Women’s Wrestling

SOU ON TO CONSOLATION SEMIS AT NWCA-WCWA NATIONAL DUALS: At Louisville, Ky., the final day of the NWCA-WCWA National Duals will include the Southern Oregon University women’s wrestling team after the Raiders went 2-1 to place themselves among the final eight teams standing at the Kentucky Expo Center.

Ranked 16th in the WCWA and third in the NAIA, the Raiders (7-4 overall) started their first appearance at the 12-team tournament with a 36-5 win against Missouri Valley, the 17th-ranked team in the NAIA. They were sent to the consolation bracket with a 34-9 loss to McKendree (Ill.), the No. 1 team in the WCWA, but stayed alive with a 41-6 defeat of Lyon (Ark.).

The Raiders will take on Campbellsville (Ky.) (No. 5 NAIA/No. 7 WCWA) at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on Saturday. If they win, they’ll face the winner of a dual between Cumberlands (Ky.) and Life (Ga.) in the fifth-place dual; if they lose, they’ll face the loser in the seventh-place dual.

Three Raiders were unbeaten in two matches each: second-ranked Sienna Ramirez (143) won by fall and technical fall, fourth-ranked Gladdys Palma (136) won by technical fall and decision, and 13th-ranked Nevina DeLuca (123) scored a pin and a tech fall.

SOU won its first four contests against Missouri Valley and went up 27-1 with forfeits. Tara Othman (116) worked a 12-0 tech fall of Gabrielle Grimes, 12-0, DeLuca pinned Hilda Garcia in the first round, and Anesia Ramirez and Sienna Ramirez picked up back-to-back tech falls against Jocelyn Murphy and Julia Mata. Latiana Tauese (170) later added a win by decision and Tristyn Borden (191) closed the dual with a third-round pin of Alyandina Bushe.

Palma and Sienna Ramirez earned SOU’s lone wins against McKendree — Palma by 6-4 decision over Alexis Porter and Ramirez with a pin of Michelle Camacho 3:36 into the bout.

Denise Baratta/For the TidingsSouthern Oregon University guard Danasia Allison (13) defends Walla Walla guard Britnee Guerrero during the first half of Friday afternoon’s game at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
Denise Baratta/For the TidingsSouthern Oregon University guard Sophia Altemus drives to the basket during the first half of Friday afternoon’s game against Walla Walla at Lithia Motors Pavilion.