ASHLAND, Ore. — The Southern Oregon women just keep winning. After this weekend, they've now won ten straight games and are still undefeated in conference play. The men's basketball team snapped a two-game skid on Saturday with a win over Corban.
On Friday, the SOU women earned one of their more important wins of the season. The Raiders knocked off Bushnell, 69-62.
Bushnell was the preseason favorite to win the CCC. With the Raiders entering on an eight-game win streak, they had the chance to prove to the conference they may have been underlooked.
Southern Oregon used hot shooting from behind the three-point line to pull away from the Beacons. As a team, SOU shot 10-22 from downtown.
The Raiders’ intense defense suffocated their opponent, again. SOU forced 23 turnovers and held CCC Player of the Year Morgan McKinney to 15 points.
Sophomore Kami Walk led SOU with 18 points and six rebounds.
SOU also got great production from Brianna Phiakhamngon and Syd'Nee Fryer who each had 14 points.
"They are just tough. They are a tough-minded team that has a chip on their shoulder. They don't forget about that chip,” said SOU head coach Carlotta Kloppenburg-Pruitt. “They battle each other in practice every day. I knew they were tough. This kind of showed everybody else what that toughness looks like mentally and physically."
The SOU men had an opportunity for a win over Bushnell on Friday, but let a double-digit lead slip away in the final minutes. Southern Oregon ultimately lost, 76-71.
Southern Oregon started hot with Atmar Mundu knocking down shots from outside. Mundu eventually finished with 15 points while going 3-3 from downtown, but his shot from the outside was locked down with the rest of the SOU offense in the 2nd half.
Bushnell turned on over the last eight minutes of the game. It felt like a game the Raiders dominated but was stolen by the Beacons at the end.
Bushnell was led by Kaden Sand who finished with 17 points and six rebounds.
SOU was led by Josh Meyer who finished with a game-high 20 points while going 2-4 from the three-point line.
Saturday was a similar script to the one many have become accustomed to when watching Southern Oregon women's basketball. It wasn't a pretty night from the floor, but the defense was immaculate.
The Raiders followed up a stellar shooting night with a 24-for-66 night where they only made 4-of-25 shots from three-point range.
But where SOU earned their victory was converting turnovers into points. A suffocating full-court press forced the Corban Warriors to cough the ball up 26 times, which the Raiders turned into 24 points.
Kami Walk led the way with 18 points, scoring 10 of them from the free-throw line. Brianna Phiakhamngon was the only person on the team to make more than one three-pointer, going 2-for-5 from deep as the junior transfer scored 10 points.
For the men's team, a rebound performance where they hung tough throughout the game. Led by Atmar Mundu and Josh Meyer, the Raiders took down Corban, 75-69.
Mundu had a game-high 23 points and Meyer had a cool 20.
Both teams are off until New Year's Eve when they travel to Washington to take on Evergreen and Northwest.