SOU men, women earn home wins

It turned out to be a doubleheader victory for both the SOU men's and women's basketball teams Saturday night at McNeal Pavilion.

The Raider women pulled away early and beat Dominican University 83-66 while the men's team led from start to finish in beating Pacific Union 85-65.

In the women's game, Jacki Spear and newcomer Rhiannon Dickison combined to score 25 points as the Raiders bolted out to a 42-29 halftime lead and never looked back. SOU shot 44 percent for the game and dominated the boards, outrebounding Dominican 58-34. Speer had a double-double with 12 points and 18 rebounds for SOU.

Dominican was led by Jennifer Jackson, who poured in a game-high 25 points. Olivia Williams chipped in 16 and Alisha Flaaten 14. With the win, SOU improves its overall record to 2-0 while Dominican fell to 1-3.

SOU gets a rematch with the Penguins next weekend in the first round of the Holy Names Tournament in Oakland, Calif.

In the late game, the Raider men had four players score in double figures and led from start to finish in beating Pacific Union. The win upped SOU's preseason record to 4-4.

"We continue to make progress and we've come a long way in a few days," SOU head coach Brian McDermott said. "I'm optimistic that we'll continue to get better."

Matt Cowell led the Raiders in scoring with 19. Josh McDermott followed with 15, Ryon Pool chipped in 11 and newcomer David Grant added 10.

SOU shot 58 percent while holding Pacific Union to 39 percent.

SOU jumped out to a 44-32 halftime lead and Pacific Union never got closer than 12 the rest of the night.

SOU travels to Humboldt State for an exhibition game Tuesday night before returning home to play Willamette and Lewis and Clark State in the Flagship Inn Tournament next weekend.

Sports editor Joe Zavala can be reached at 482-3456 x 224 or joe.

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