OLYMPIA, Wash. – Putting up 17 points in the second overtime, the 20th-ranked Oregon Tech Lady Owls survived an upset bid at the hands of the Evergreen Geoducks, picking up a 93-80 win in a Cascade Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
The visiting Owls (17-4, 5-3 CCC) controlled the pace early as they led the Geoducks (6-8, 2-5 CCC) by double-digits with just under five minutes left to play in the first half. Evergreen managed to close the gap slighting but Oregon Tech maintained the lead at halftime, 37-29.
Evergreen came out strong in the second half, pulling within one on a free throw by Randi Boseman (New Orleans, La./Newport (Wash.) HS) with 14:27 left to play. Oregon Tech held on to the lead for much of the period but the Geoducks took it over with 1:22 left to go in regulation as Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS/Edmonds CC) hit a three-pointer that gave Evergreen the 68-66 win.
After OIT tied the score up on a layup by Karly Leveque with 36 seconds left, Boseman was fouled as she made a layup with nine seconds left that put Evergreen up by two points but the free throw rimmed out and Leveque hit a jumper with two seconds left to tie the game and force overtime.
Neither team gained much of an advantage in the first overtime as the teams were still tied after five extra minutes. In the final overtime, the Owls came out strong and the Geoducks couldn’t keep up as Oregon Tech outscored Evergreen, 17-4, in the final five minutes to earn the 93-80 win.
Evergreen was led by 24 points from Clark. Brittany Gray (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS/Skagit Valley CC) added 19 points and 13 rebounds to earn the double-double while Jessica Denmon (Oak Harbor, Wash./Oak Harbor HS/Skagit Valley CC) finished with 10 points.
Oregon Tech was led by a game-high 25 points from Karissa Dixon. Leveque came off the bench to add 15 points while Tess Armstrong finished with 14 points in the win. Maria Ramirez added 11 points to round out the Lady Owls in double-digit scoring.
The Geoducks hit the road next weekend, traveling to Portland on Friday to take on Concordia. Tip with the Cavaliers is set for 5:30 p.m.