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COVID forces Owls to play with only five, still win

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COVID forces Owls to play with only five, still win

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The coronavirus reared its ugly head again in the world of athletics Friday, but the Oregon Tech women's basketball team looked it in the eyes and didn't back down. With only five players available, the Owls managed to defeat Corban University, 79-73 in Klamath Falls for their first conference win.

According to Oregon Tech athletics, the Owls only had five players eligible to play due to "COVID issues" on the team. Every player but Kennedy Tull, Olivia Sprague, Kristin Farrell, Carissa Twitchell and Courtney Bennett was out.

But those five owls soared.

Tull and Sprague, both freshmen making their first collegiate starts, led the way for the Hustlin' Owls scoring 46 of the team's 79 points. Just about everything they did tonight were season and career highs (and a flash of bright the future is for the women's basketball program). 

In addition to the freshmen duo, four-year Owls veteran Kristin Farrell was incredibly efficient Friday night. She went 4-of-5 from three-point range and nabbed seven rebounds. Not to be outdone was sophomore Carissa Twitchell who scored a double-double in her first collegiate start. The 6-foot-1 sophomore scored 14 points and grabbed 11 boards while also picking up four steals. Sophomore Courtney Bennett made just her second start in her college career, picking up five points and a team-leading four assists.

After tonight's incredible performance, Oregon Tech announced it will forfeit Saturday's game against Bushnell. Per Cascade Collegiate Conference guidelines, "if a school must stop play because of a COVID-19 outbreak and cannot field a full team or elects not to participate, then forfeits shall be awarded for any game that a school misses while unable to play."

All coaches were available for the game.

OIT was set to play Bushnell at 3 pm on Saturday.

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