Former Ashland High star Roupp officially a Raider

The rich just got richer.

The Southern Oregon women's basketball team, off to a sizzling start and ranked in the top 10 nationally, got a little deeper Monday with the addition of former Ashland High star Jamie Roupp.

Roupp, who transferred to SOU from Portland State, said she will not be able to play Tuesday at Simpson — a grade from one of her classes was not released in time for that — but could be in the lineup as early as Friday, when the Raiders continue their Cascade Conference schedule against Eastern Oregon, in LaGrande.

"I just fee like I'm coming into a great situation and I want to do whatever I can to help our team get to wherever we want to be and have fun doing it," Roupp said.

The 2006 AHS graduate earned an NCAA Division I scholarship out of high school to attend Washington State, then transferred to Portland State. Roupp played as a reserve at both schools and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Roupp, a 5-foot-9 guard known for her soft shooting touch and leadership ability, is a former Southern Oregon Conference player of the year

"Jamie will be a nice addition to our team," SOU head coach Lynn Kennedy said. "She gives us a veteran player at the guard spot and another weapon on the offensive end. Plus she's a great competitor and plays to win every time she goes out."

Southern Oregon is 11-1 on the season and moved up to ninth in this week's NAIA Division II Top 25 poll. The ranking is the program's highest under Kennedy, who took over the program in 2005, and is a move up from last week's No. 12.

Southern Oregon travels to Simpson Tuesday night for a women's and men's doubleheader in Redding, Calif.

Roupp's first chance to perform in front of SOU's home crowd won't come until Dec. 30, when the Raiders return from Christmas break to host Northwest Christian.

Joe Zavala contributed to this report

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