Freshman Durand leads SOU women to victory in CCC opener

To say the 19th-ranked Southern Oregon University women's basketball team wasn't slowed down by the start of Cascade Conference play would be understatement.

The Raiders scored more points Friday than they had in 19 years in a 117-94 victory over the Concordia Cavaliers at Bob Riehm Arena — notching their third-highest total in program history behind freshman Autumn Durand's career night of 25 points and seven boards.

Durand scored the first 10 points of the night for SOU (10-1 overall, 1-0 CCC) on her way to going 10-for-15 from the field. Brenna Anderson contributed 19 points off the bench while Ashley Claussen (18 points, eight assists) and Bree Park (12 points) provided big boosts in their first games back from injury.

Park, who along with Claussen had missed SOU's last four games, made all four of her triples in the first half, but the Raiders really got going later on. After going into halftime with a 55-48 lead, they busted the game open with a 25-7 run to start the second half.

The Raiders shot 55 percent from the field (44-for-80) as a team, including a 22-for-36 showing in the second half and a 10-for-22 effort from 3-point range.

Concordia (1-9, 0-1) got 19 points apiece from Lexi Campbell and Alicia Love. The Cavaliers stayed in the game with six first-half 3-pointers, and three others were in double figures: McKenna Daly (14), Gabi Beyer (13) and Caitlyn McCutcheon (10). Daly also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Kristen Schoenherr chipped in 11 points, four assists and three rebounds for SOU. Cambie Edwards had 11 points off the bench.

Anderson went 3-for-4 from deep and made her final triple to give the Raiders their biggest lead, 78-55, before an Edwards layup capped the run less than six minutes into the half.

The Raiders have won six straight overall and five straight at home in conference play dating back to last season. They've now gotten into triple digits three times, and this time missed the school record (set on Nov. 18, 1994 against Mill College) by 11 points.

If weather permits, the Raiders will play at home again today against Warner Pacific.

If the Knights are unable to make the trip, the game will likely be made up on Sunday afternoon.

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