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SOU survives College of Idaho in overtime

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ASHLAND, Ore--- A gut check for the No. 23-ranked Southern Oregon women's basketball team gave junior forward Kami Walk a chance to show off her All-Cascade Conference moxie Saturday afternoon against the College of Idaho.

Less than 24 hours after their CCC home winning streak came to an end, the Raiders were pushed to overtime by the Yotes but hung on for a 72-67 triumph behind Walk's 22 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and three assists.

SOU (14-5 overall, 10-3 CCC) had a 17-point lead in the third quarter before the Yotes charged back and had a chance to win it on Lexi Mitchell's contested jumper that fell short of the rim with a second left in regulation. On the first possession of overtime, Emma Schmerbach's jumper in the lane put the Raiders up for good.

Walk – who'd dropped in two key buckets late in the fourth quarter – extended the lead to 64-60 with a turnaround on the next possession. After C of I's Taryn Riley scored down low, Brianna Phiakhamngon found Walk for a 3-pointer to give the Raiders some breathing room with 3:14 to go.

The Yotes (10-9, 5-8) didn't convert a field goal the rest of the way, finishing the extra session at 1-of-6.

Taryn Riley led their comeback, going for 16 of her 20 points after halftime and adding five rebounds and five assists. Lexi Mitchell shot 2-of-12 but managed 13 points, 12 boards and a pair of blocked shots.

Turnovers ultimately doomed the Yotes. Riley and Mitchell combined for 13 of their 21, as SOU's Danasia Allison and Makayla Scurlock plucked away three steals apiece. Allison also had 10 points and eight rebounds, while Scurlock had eight points and six boards off the bench.

Phiakhamngon had a frustrating shooting night but still put up 11 points and seven assists.

The Raiders brought a 36-25 lead into halftime by outscoring the Yotes 23-7 in the second quarter, where they had four steals and knocked down 3-of-6 from 3-point range.

Walk's double-double was her third of the season, and her scoring output marked a season-high. She's gone for 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds four times in her Raider career.

SOU stands in third place, a game ahead of Bushnell and Oregon Tech. OIT visits Ashland on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. matchup.

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