SOU women fend off, then blow out Warner Pacific

The Southern Oregon women's basketball team answered Warner Pacific's 11-1 rally with a backbreaking run of its own to close the first half en route to a 91-70 Cascade Collegiate Conference win at McNeal Pavilion.

Jacki Speer had 17 points and nine rebounds and Chelsey Muri poured in 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting as the Raiders (16-3, 7-2 CCC) outscored the Knights 22-7 in the last six minutes of the opening stanza to remain tied with The College of Idaho for second place in the league standings.

"Our defensive pressure has really been jump-starting our offense and that's kind of what happened in the end," SOU head coach Lynn Kennedy said.

Warner Pacific (5-13, 3-6) fell behind 26-15 midway through the first half before consecutive jumpers by Sally Brown and a layup by Aurora Dillon helped the Knights get within 27-26.

The game was tied 28-28 before the Raiders made their move. Speer scored six points in the game-breaking run, which finished with SOU taking a comfortable 50-35 lead into intermission.

"We have the talent, so it's just a matter of establishing our game early," Kennedy said.

SOU's third-year head coach also credited Whitney Scott with giving the Raiders a boost off the bench. Scott scored 14 points in just 17 minutes of action.

The Raiders ran away from the visitors in the second half, eventually taking a 34-point lead before letting off the gas down the stretch. SOU shot 47 percent (34-for-72) from the field and won by 21 points despite an off night at the free throw line, where the Raiders hit just 17 of 33 shots.

Little League

Ashland Little League registration for Pony Tee-Ball season will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Feb. 2, and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 13 at the Ashland Senior Center (1699 Homes Ave.).

The cost for the 2008 T-ball and Pony season is $50 and $75 for all other leagues. Family discounts and scholarships are available. Please bring a copy of the child's official birth certificate and proof of residence.

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