S. Oregon women shoot down Menlo in overtime

ATHERTON, Calif. &

Five players scored in double figures as the Southern Oregon University women's basketball team ran its winning streak to eight games with a hard fought 95-92 overtime win over host Menlo Oaks in the Menlo Basketball Classic Sunday.

The Raiders (11-2) shot 52 percent from the field as Rhiannon Dickison led SOU with 15 points by making all five of her 3-point attempts. Jacki Speer and Emily Brookins added 14 points apiece, and Chelsey Muri contributed 12 points. Whitney Scott chipped in 11, as SOU continued its hottest start since the 2002-03 season.

"We played really well tonight against a good team," SOU head coach Lynn Kennedy said. "They were preseason No. 10 pick in the NAIA and we competed well. We shot well, we defended well too, despite giving up 92 points."

Menlo was led by Kepua Lee, who scored 39 points for the Oaks on 13-for-26 shooting. Lee was 5-for-8 from 3-point range.

Southern Oregon led the nonconference game at halftime 45-40 and were still up by three with seconds to go before Lee was fouled while attempting a three point shot.

"But we didn't panic and came out and scored quickly, got the lead and actually led by six before they hit a — at buzzer for the final margin," Kennedy said.

SOU outrebounded Menlo 40-33 in the game and did three better in the turnover department with 21 compared to Menlo's 24. SOU was 11-for-16 free throw shooting while Menlo made 18 of 24.

"This was a good tournament for us," Kennedy said. "We proved we can play with teams of varying styles."

SOU returns home for a game with Simpson College on Wednesday. Conference play resumes this weekend with SOU playing at Concordia Friday night and at Corban on Saturday.

Girls basketball

At Coos Bay, Brenna Heater and Allison Gida each scored 14 points to help Ashland hold off Grants Pass 53-50 in the championship game of the eight-team Les Schwab South Coast Invitational Saturday.

The Grizzlies have won 11 straight since an 0-2 start.

The Cavers' Courtney Pittman missed a game-tying 3-point attempt in the closing seconds, and Gida ran out the clock after snaring the rebound. Gida, Kelsey McKinnis and Heidi Siebenlist combined to make 8 of 8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to keep Ashland.

Gida also had eight rebounds, 10 assists and five steals, while Heater pulled down eight boards to go with four blocks and three steals. Both were selected to the first-team all-tournament squad, with Heater earning MVP honors.

Gabby Randall finished with 22 points for Grants Pass (7-2). She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Natasha Torgerson.


Randall 22, Torgerson 7, Stephenson 0, Chamberlain 3, Loffer 6, Pepperling 3, Pittman 0, Franko 9, Wonsyld 0. Totals: 18 13-19 50.

ASHLAND (53) &

Heater 14, Gida 14, Del Carlo 6, Petitt 5, McKinnis 10, Siebenlist 2, Zare 2, Silbowitz 0, Van Vleck 0. Totals: 20 12-17 53.

Grants Pass 9 16 11 13 ""50

Ashland 17 6 12 18 ""53

3-point goals &

Grants Pass — (Torgerson 1), Ashland — (Petitt 1). Fouled out &


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