WBB: Raiders Pull Off Comeback; Trip up Owls in OT
ASHLAND, Ore. - In the Southern Oregon women's basketball team's first game against rival Oregon Tech at Lithia Motors Pavilion, its homecourt advantage was apparent by the end of an overtime session that the Raiders came out of 69-65 winners Tuesday night.
Senior forward Ariel Augustine scored 13 of her 22 points after the third quarter, helping 19th-ranked SOU overcome a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit in a matchup that was as competitive as it was bizarre.
Augustine had SOU's only field goal of the extra session: a 3-pointer that put them up 63-61. But after a Megan Morris layup tied it on the other end with three minutes left, the Raiders scored their final six points at the free-throw line, going 6-of-8 in the final two minutes.
Up to that point, the Raiders' had been a dreadful 6-of-22 at the line and the Owls weren't much better, finishing 4-of-15. Three consecutive missed free throws by the Owls preceded a pair of Augustine makes with 40 seconds left that gave SOU a 66-65 edge. Syd Fryer came up with a steal on OIT's ensuing possession, was fouled and split a pair at the line, and the Owls then committed their fifth turnover of OT to allow Kenadee Honaker to put the game away with two free throws.
Honaker was responsible for the defensive takeover in OT, where she collected four of her five steals.
The win made the Raiders 11-4 overall an 7-2 in the Cascade Conference, keeping them in second place going into Friday and Saturday's home games against Northwest Christian and Corban.
The Owls dropped to 10-7 and 4-3.
The overtime game was the Raiders' first since topping the Owls last season in Klamath Falls, 83-79. They hadn't played an OT game at home since Feb. 2, 2013, when they beat the Owls 82-80.
Bailey Nelson led OIT with 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks while Abby Kreiser had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Owls had the upper hand defensively until the late swing, totaling 16 blocks at the rim. Nohea Waiwaiole accounted for six of those, shaking off a 1-of-10 night from the field. She missed her first nine attempts before coming through with the shot that sent the game to overtime, a jumper in the lane with three seconds to go.
Daranda Hinkey finished with 14 points and Destinee Jones had 12 and eight boards for the Raiders.
SOU was down 52-42 with eight minutes left in regulation before five quick Augustine points. With 2:06 left, her second 3-pointer of the quarter gave SOU its first advantage of the half.