Raiders take over early, beat Multnomah
The 24th-ranked Southern Oregon women’s basketball team made clear early there would be no slip-up the second time around against Multnomah, rolling to a 77-60 victory on Friday night at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
Ariel Augustine scored 10 of her team-high 17 in the first quarter on 4-of-4 shooting to set the tone for the Raiders (15-5 overall, 11-3 Cascade Conference), who kept their spot in second place with a seventh win in eight games.
After dropping the teams’ first matchup on Dec. 30, SOU sped out to a 27-13 lead with a 15-3 quarter-closing run in the first. Augustine hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Dominique Harding added another that put a bow on the spurt, and the Raiders led by double figures the rest of the way.
The Lions dropped to 9-12 and 5-8 in the CCC, though Sequoia Wheeler kept them competitive by dropping in 22 of her 25 points in the second half. She shot 9-of-13 with four 3-pointers and added a team-high five rebounds.
Sophia Altemus led SOU’s charge after halftime, when she scored each of her season-high 13 points by slashing to the basket often and shot 6-of-9.
Raider wing Syd Fryer flirted with a triple-double, recording nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists. She also had three of the team’s 10 steals, helping the Raiders force 24 Multnomah turnovers.
Dominique Harding added 21 points, three assists and two steals. Daranda Hinkey dished out five more assists as SOU shot 46 percent from the field (30-of-66).
Warner Pacific — which dropped to fifth place with a two-point loss Friday at Oregon Tech — visits the Raiders at 5:30 p.m. tonight.
SOUTHERN OREGON 100, MULTNOMAH 90: At Ashland, the NAIA’s top scorer got loose against Southern Oregon again, but this time the Raiders had enough firepower to neutralize him in their defeat of Multnomah at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
Multnomah guard Justin Martin — who hit the Raiders up for 40 points in a Lions win on Dec. 30 — dropped 39 more in the second meeting. He registered 29 of those, however, after 10 unanswered points put SOU up 15 with 17 minutes to go, and was unable to get the Lions closer than eight points away despite his 11-of-21 showing in the second half that included five 3-pointers.
SOU freshman guard Teron Bradford, who was often assigned to chase Martin around, helped hold the Lions off with 22 points, four assists and no turnovers.
The win was the Raiders’ third straight, lifting them to 16-6 overall and 6-6 in the Cascade Conference going into Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. tilt with Warner Pacific.
They got contributions all around, including nine points, 13 rebounds and six assists from Tez Allen, Jordan’s Hunt 19 points and nine boards, and Tristen Holmes’ nine points, nine boards and six assists.
The biggest sparks came from their reserves though, as they racked up a 35-17 advantage in bench points. Tule O’Rourke came through with a career-high 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, knocking down four 3-pointers and recording three assists. Conor Carroll went 4-of-7 to contribute 10, and Kaj Bansen chipped in two of SOU’s 10 triples.
SOU led by as many as 19 in the second half. When The Lions cut it to 84-76 with four minutes to go, O’Rourke checked in and immediately poured in his final 3. A minute later, Bradford added another.
The Raiders led for the final 36 minutes. Up 25-19 with seven minutes left in the first half, Carroll knocked down a turnaround jumper, Holmes led O’Rourke to a bucket in transition, and O’Rourke came up with a steal that led to a Bradford fast-break layup that brought the lead to 12.
Zach Richardson scored 16 for the Lions, the NAIA’s top 3-point shooting team. They finished 16-of-43 from downtown — two makes below the average — as Richardson, Brett Blackstock and Jason Wyncoop made three apiece.