ASHLAND, Ore. – The NU women made a valiant comeback effort but it wasn’t enough as they fell to Southern Oregon, 89-80, in CCC play. The Eagles pulled to within six, 86-80, before the Raiders could clinch the victory.
The opening half would see SOU bolt out to an 18 point, 33-15 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game as Melissa Sweat would hit two free throws. NU’s Domi Mendezona would make it an 8 point game, 38-30 with her driving layup at the 3:58 mark. The Eagles would then out score the Raiders 6-2 as Olivia VanDlac would sink a free throw with 1:43 left in the half to cut the SOU lead to 40-36. Alivia Johnson would then go 1 for 2 from the free throw line and then score in the paint with 7 seconds to go to make it a 43-41 deficit as they headed to the locker room.
The second half would remain close and the Eagles would tie the contest at 50-all when Alyssa Dario would hit two free throws at the 14:23 mark. SOU would then go on an 8-0 run to make it 58-52 with 11:59 to go in the game. Another run, this time a 6-0 streak by Southern Oregon would increase their lead to 10, 64-54 (10:46). Krysten Copeland would drill a trey for the Raiders largest lead of the half, 80-66, with 4:18 showing on the clock. The Eagles would then outscore SOU 12-4 to cut the Raider lead to six, 84-78 with 1:08 remaining. It wouldn’t be enough as Southern Oregon would hold on for the win.
Domi Mendezona led Northwest U. (2-14, 1-8 CCC) with 18 points and 4 assists. Sanda Milovic scored 16 points and teammate Alyssa Dario contributed 13 for the Eagles. Chanara Greene had a career high 13 rebounds to lead the team. NU hit 29 of 36 from the free throw line for 81%.
Southern Oregon (15-5, 5-4 CCC) was led by game high 23 points by Melissa Sweat. Ashley Claussen and Allison Gida each dropped in 18 points for the Raiders who shot 38% from the floor and 86% from the free throw line (36-42).
“I was proud of the heart and fight my team showed tonight,” commented Lori Napier, Eagle head coach. “It’s how I know they can play.”
The Eagles will remain on the road as they play Corban and Northwest Christian next weekend.
Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2013 Share on Facebook