No. 11 SOU women fend off OIT upset bid

Casey Williams drained a go-ahead jumper with four seconds left and Toria Bradford clinched the game at the free throw line as No. 11 Southern Oregon scored six points in the last seven seconds of overtime to beat Oregon Tech 83-79 Tuesday in Klamath Falls.

The Raiders, who upped their Cascade Conference win streak to six games, trailed 79-77 after Oregon Tech’s Alix Biddington hit the first of two free throws with 20 seconds to go in the extra session. After Biddington missed her second attempt SOU’s Ariel Augustine scored on a rebound follow to tie the game.

The Owls, who rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime, turned the ball over three seconds later and Williams hit from inside to put the Raiders ahead to stay. A steal by Bradford with three seconds left led to an OIT foul, and Bradford iced the game at the line.

Remi Mejia had 30 points, seven rebounds and three steals and Bradford had 21 points and six assists to lead the Raiders, who improved to 14-1 overall and 6-1 in the CCC. For Oregon Tech (10-7, 3-4), Mikaela Shumaker had 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and Amanda Constant 10 points and seven boards.

The Raiders outscored Oregon Tech 17-9 in the third quarter to take a 55-43 lead into the fourth, and still led by 12, 60-48, after Mejia’s three-point play with 7:23 to go. Facing an eight-point deficit late, the Owls outscored the Raiders 9-1 over the last 1:14 of regulation to force OT, tying the game on Nohea Waiwaiole’s jumper in the paint with four seconds left.

Southern Oregon, which led by as many as 14 points in the third, shot 40 percent from the floor (29-for-72) and was outrebounded 49-42, but managed to control most of the game thanks in part to its 24 points-off-turnovers.

The Raiders have a break before their next game, Jan. 12 at Northwest Christian.

Men's Basketball

At Klamath Falls, Harrison Steiger hit 9 of 10 shots on his way to 20 points to lead 19th-ranked Oregon Tech to an 88-73 victory over ninth-ranked Southern Oregon on Tuesday.

Tristen Holmes had 15 points and five rebounds and Jordan Hunt 13 points to lead SOU, which fell to 10-6 overall and 5-2 in the Cascade Conference.

Oregon Tech, which shot 52 percent from the floor, improved to 5-2 in the CCC.

Men’s Wrestling

At Great Falls, Mont., on the other end of a long train ride was a worthwhile result for the Southern Oregon University men's wrestling team on Tuesday night at the McLaughlin Center.

The 13th-ranked Raiders started the new year in style with a 20-18 upset of the sixth-ranked Providence Argos in a Cascade Collegiate Conference dual. Both teams won four matches and forfeited a class, but junior 141-pounder Devin Poppen's bonus points proved to be the difference in helping SOU improve to 3-2 on the season.

Poppen, ranked fourth in his class in the NAIA, scored an 18-2 technical fall over Jarren Komac that ended one minute into the second round. He went to 4-1 in duals, and his were the only bonus points of the contest.

Three Raiders notched decisions: Kale Evenson (133 pounds) started with a 13-10 win against Eli Watson; sixth-ranked Hunter Hodges (157) dominated eighth-ranked Casey Dobson, 8-1; and Tanner Canaday's 12-9 defeat of Gage Bentley gave the Raiders a 20-3 lead going into the last four weight classes.

SOU did well to keep the Argos' top threats from scoring big, considering they ran out fifth-ranked Shonn Roberts (149), fourth-ranked Adrian Lyons-Lopez (174) and eighth-ranked Randy Keesler (184) - each of whom were kept to wins by decision.

SOU's only letdown was at 197 pounds, where No. 15 Hohn Hensley topped No. 3 Tanner Fisher, 3-2, in a tiebreaker. The result ended Fischer's 15-match winning streak in dual action that dated back to last season.

The Argos dropped to 6-3 on the season. They'd won their regular-season meetings against SOU the previous two years.

Women's Wrestling

At Great Falls, Mont., three forfeits were too much for the Southern Oregon women's wrestling team to overcome in a 23-19 loss to University of Regina, but the Raiders bounced back with a 20-15 win against University of Providence in back-to-back duals Tuesday at the McLaughlin Center.

Regina, a school based in Saskatchewan, Canada, was spotted 15 points but had to break a 19-all tie in the final bout, 191-pounder Jessica Rabet's technical fall over Latiana Tauaese. SOU and Providence only contested four classes — the Raiders forfeited one match and the Argos two — but, overall, the Raiders won six of 10 matches on the day.

SOU's dual record went to 3-5.

Against Regina, wins by fall for Olivia Ioppolo (116 pounds) and Alejandra Rodriguez (130) were interrupted only by Anesia Ramirez's win by technical fall at 123, giving SOU a 14-5 lead. It was 19-9 after Sienna Ramirez pinned Rachel Evans at 143 pounds, but two forfeits tied the score.

Rodriguez and Ramirez also had SOU's wins against Providence. Rodriguez notched her second pin of the day — and ninth of the season, against Kaylynn Hixenbaugh, and Ramirez worked Jenna Awana for a 12-2 technical fall.

Ramirez's pin against Regina was her team-leading 11th.

The Raiders compete next on Saturday at the Menlo Invite in Atherton, Calif.


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