SOU women win, SOU men blown out

PORTLAND — The Southern Oregon women's basketball team clinched its first home game in the Cascade Collegiate Conference playoffs in five years.

Eastern Oregon defeated Northwest to ensure SOU a top-four seed and a quarterfinal date Tuesday at Bob Riehm Arena. The Raiders' opponent will be determined after today's games. They could finish as high as third.

SOU (22-7, 11-6 CCC) went on a 21-11 run to take a 53-42 lead into halftime, then started the second half on a 21-2 surge to quiet the Knights (6-22, 2-15).

Allison Gida had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Raiders, and Carly Meister recorded 17 points and five rebounds to lead seven players with at least seven points.

Meister had been 1-for-4 before the run but went 4-for-5 with 11 points during it.

The Raiders, who are on their way to becoming the highest-scoring team in CCC regular season history at an average of 83.8 points per game, just missed their fifth 100-point game of the season.

SOU's Ashley Claussen recorded all 13 of her points in the first half, Kristen Schoenherr had 10 and Autumn Durand contributed nine points on 4-for-4 shooting, five assists and four steals.

The Raiders went 27-for-60 from the field and made 39 of 59 free throws, getting eight apiece at the line from Gida and Claussen.

They swept the season series with the Knights for the first time since 2008-09.

Allie Campbell scored 17 with seven rebounds and four steals for the Knights off the bench.

Men's Basketball

At Portland, the Southern Oregon University men's basketball team still hasn't solved Bart Valentine Court.

The 14th-ranked Raiders lost their fifth straight game there against the Warner Pacific Knights on Friday night, 69-54, and for the 11th time in 12 games.

This time it was their shooting touch that failed to make the trip: they missed 13 of their first 14 shots, setting the tone for an abysmal 25.4-percent showing from the floor 3-for-34 shooting from 3-point range against the Knights' zone defense.

Marcus Moore took advantage with a season-high 25 points and, with the Raiders' offensive efforts keeping WPC ahead all night, he put them away. His long 3-pointer put the Knights up 50-42 with 6:45 left, then another one made it 56-46 two minutes later and started an 11-0 dagger of a run.

SOU (22-7 overall, 11-6 Cascade Conference) had a chance to nail down the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament with a win thanks to Oregon Tech's 68-64 upset at third-place Concordia. Now they'll have to do it against the Cavaliers (21-8, 10-7) in the last game of the regular season on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Knights improved to 15-14 and 9-8.

When the night began, SOU ranked 11th in the NAIA and led the CCC in 3-point percentage (38.9).

The only thing that kept the Raiders in the game were their 27 offensive rebounds - they had a 50-27 edge overall - helping them to a 26-2 advantage in second-chance points.

David Sturner (Philomath, Ore./Philomath) was the most active, recording 13 points and 11 rebounds. With 13 points, Jordan West (Gymea Bay, Australia/Port Hacking) was the only player to score above his season average. He went 8-for-8 from the line in the first half and SOU went 15-for-16.

The Raiders recorded a season-low seven assists and turned it over 17 times.

Doug Thomas chipped in 10 points for WPC, which led just 26-24 at half despite SOU's 4-for-21 effort from the field.

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