Fading Raiders fall to Eastern Oregon

Seeing Jacki Speer face triple-teams that seemingly span entire games is nothing new for the Southern Oregon women's basketball team.

But unfortunately for the Raiders, they have become a little too familiar with untimely shooting woes as well.

Eastern Oregon toppled SOU (15-7 overall), 74-66, which was swept at home in league play this weekend for the first time in almost three years and dropped to 4-7 in Cascade Conference play.

Speer finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds on 8-for-15 shooting, but the rest of her teammates shot a combined 29 percent from the field.

Southern Oregon shot 31 percent as a team in the second half compared to EOU's 52 percent effort for the game.

The loss came a night after SOU came up a point short against 20th-ranked College of Idaho.

"(Friday night's game) was definitely a tough one to come back from because the end was emotionally draining for all of us after we thought we were going to have a chance to win it," Raider wing Jamie Roupp said. "But I still felt like we came out with energy tonight. It just wasn't used in the right ways."

Roupp, an Ashland High graduate who transferred to SOU over winter break from Portland State, was a bright spot on defense with six steals and a block.

Known more for her scoring as a prep athlete — especially during her senior campaign in which she won player of the year honors in the Southern Oregon Conference — Roupp's role on offense has been limited since joining the Raiders. But the 5-foot-9 junior has recently functioned as the team's defensive stopper.

"This is new to me, because I was never asked to play this role as a defender until I got here," she said. "I'm enjoying it, though, because it gives me something new to focus on every night."

"But if we're going to be a better team, I think I'm going to have to step up on offense because I'm having a hard time getting anything going right now," Roupp added.

The shortage of offensive threats was apparent for the Raiders early on, as a seven-minute stretch without a field goal coupled with a 10-2 Mountaineer run put SOU down 21-10 early.

EOU's lead was cut to four by halftime, 32-28, but a 12-3 run to start the second half extended the lead again.

With 11 minutes left, Speer's drop-step in the post to a left-handed hook closed the gap to 46-40, but it was the closest the Raiders would get.

Guard Amanda Flett led the charge for the Mountaineers (14-7, 8-3) with 20 points, including 3-for-4 shooting beyond the arc, and added 11 rebounds.

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