Sophomore Jacki Speer had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Southern Oregon University women's basketball team to a 71-54 win over Cascade College on Saturday night at McNeal Pavilion.
With the win, SOU has won five consecutive games and has run its season record to 17-3. Combined with Eastern Oregon's upset loss against Concordia, the win puts the Raiders one game behind EOU at the halfway mark of league play.
Cascade fell to 3-7 in Cascade Conference play and 10-10 overall.
SOU held Cascade to just 6-for-30 shooting in building a 37-21 halftime lead. The teams played even in the second half as SOU coach Lynn Kennedy played all twelve players and all twelve scored for the second consecutive night.
Whitney Scott led all scorers with 19 points for SOU and Rhiannon Dickison chipped in 12. The Raiders leading scorer Chelsey Muri was held to a season low two points on 1-9 field goal shooting. Muri was plagued by foul trouble most of the night and played only 22 minutes.
Cascade was led by Te Awhina Aranui with 17 points and Robin Swain added 13. Cascade ended up shooting 27 percent for the game on 18-for-65 shooting.
The Raiders travel this weekend to face Northwest and Evergreen State before returning to Ashland for crucial games against The College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
Kory Mahr had a big night, securing a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Raiders, who saw a big lead whittled to four before hanging on to beat Cascade 78-69 Saturday at McNeal Pavilion.
Ryon Pool ended up with 13 points and Matt Cowell and Nate Rooney added 11.
The win improves SOU's season record to 7-13 and 3-7 in Cascade Conference play. Cascade College falls to 5-13 overall and remains winless in league play at 0-10.
Southern Oregon jumped in front by seven points at halftime, 41-34. The Raiders built a 34-22 lead thanks to 11 points by Matt Cowell and six each by Josh McDermott and Mahr. Ben Pawlak had 15 for Cascade at the break.
In the final 20 minutes, SOU again built up a big lead of 20 points, 71-51, on a basket by Trenton Fraser with 5:52 left in the game. Cascade stormed back, out scoring SOU 18-8 over the final five minutes with Erving Adams netting 10 points in the push and Kenan Powell adding another six.
Cascade closed the gap to 72-67 with 51 seconds remaining in the game.
At Prescott, Ariz., SOU posted a 3-1 record in the Mile High Duals and will have a chance to wrap up its 38th consecutive winning season on Jan. 31 in Ashland.
On Saturday, the Raiders defeated New Mexico Highlands University 29-15, Embry Riddle Aeronautical 25-23 and Grand Canyon University 41-13, before being roughed up by the University of Great Falls in the eight-team event.
SOU junior Marcus Moore upset third-ranked Great Falls' Brad Fraser in a 5-4 decision.
Former North Medford star Jimmy Ulrey went 4-0 on the afternoon at 165 pounds and 133-pounder Trevor Lofstedt had three pins in all three of his matches.