Dec. 21, 2009
Story courtesy of College of Idaho Sports Information
CALDWELL, Idaho - Whitney Owen came off the bench to score 18 points and grab 12 rebounds and The College of Idaho defense forced 43 Southern Oregon turnovers, as the Lady Yotes rolled to a 58-33 victory over the ninth-ranked Raiders inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
The win for the Lady Yotes (8-3, 4-0) was their fifth in a row and remained unbeaten in Cascade Collegiate Conference play. The 33 points allowed equaled the fewest points given up by a Reagan Rossi coached team (33 points allowed vs. Walla Walla in 2002 and 2004) and the fewest points allowed by a C of I team in league play since the 1999-00 season (45-32 win over Eastern Oregon).
Despite having their top-two scorers, Nicole Gall and Nicole Bruce, in foul trouble all night, the Yotes persevered - holding the Raiders (11-3, 1-3) without a field goal for the final 16-plus minutes of the first half. SOU took a 10-9 lead on a Jacki Speer free throw, before the Yotes closed the period on a 20-5 run to take a 14-point lead to the locker room, forcing the Raiders into 28 first half miscues.
The second half saw Gall and Bruce each pick up their fourth fouls in the first five minutes of the period, as Southern got within 32-21 with 15 minutes left. Owen took over, scoring five points and grabbing five rebounds in a 13-1 run over the next six minutes to put the game away.
The game was a struggle, as the two teams combined for 73 turnovers, 52 fouls and 27 missed free throws.
Brette Rubie had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Yotes, with Meghan Hughes scoring all eight of her points in the second half. Gall finished with six points and five steals - 15 points below her season average.
SOU, which was held to their lowest point total since the 2002-03 season (57-31 loss to Pacific Lutheran), got 11 points and 16 rebounds from All-American Jacki Speer. However, the Raiders shot a paltry 9-of-55 from the field, including 0-of-13 from 3-point range and converted just 15-of-34 free throw attempts.
The Lady Yotes return to action on Dec. 30 with a meeting at Warner Pacific (Ore.), before closing out the 2009 portion of the season on New Years' Eve at Concordia (Ore.).