Streaking Raiders eye No. 4 spot in conference tourney

Winners of three straight, the Southern Oregon University women's basketball team looks to continue its climb back up the Cascade Conference standings Saturday with a game against rival Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls.

The Raiders (18-8, 7-8 CC) and Owls (14-13, 7-8) will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. at Danny Miles Court. Tickets are limited and can be purchased by visiting the Oregon Tech athletic web site.

The top eight teams in the conference advance to the postseason tournament and the Raiders and Owls are tied for the fifth spot in that race. Both teams have their sights set on getting up to the No. 4 spot and a first-round home playoff game. Eastern Oregon and Warner Pacific are tied for third at 9-5.

Saturday's game with Oregon Tech is the first of three road games to wrap up the regular season for the Raiders.

Last weekend, SOU played some of its best basketball of the season, rolling to victories over second-place Northwest (72-64) and Evergreen (85-64).

Senior Jacki Speer continues to dazzle and was named this week's Cascade Conference Player of the Week after averaging 24.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in last week's victories.

In the last three victories, the Raiders have held their opponents to 34 percent shooting from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range. They also out-rebounded their opponents 153-89, including a 46-25 advantage on the offensive boards.

During that same stretch, Speer is averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Junior Jamie Roupp, a former Ashland High standout, is averaging 12 points and almost six rebounds, while Ashley Baker and Carly Wood are averaging 10 points. Baker is averaging over 10 rebounds per contest and Wood has made 6 of 11 3-pointers.

After Saturday's games, the Raiders wrap up the regular season next weekend at Warner Pacific and Concordia.

Men's Basketball

The final push for a Cascade Conference playoff spot for Southern Oregon begins Saturday with the Raiders visiting the third-ranked and red-hot Oregon Tech Owls.

The Raiders (11-13, 3-12) and Owls (23-4, 12-3) tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

Southern Oregon has dropped three straight, but still have a chance to make the conference's postseason tournament. With three games to play in the regular season, the Raiders are a 1 1/2 games back of College of Idaho for the final playoff spot.

Saturday's game could be a historical victory for Oregon Tech head coach Danny Miles. The SOU alum and Hall of Famer has a chance to win career victory No. 900. Only three coaches at the NCAA or NAIA level have ever won 900 games. Oregon Tech has won 34 straight games at home.

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