Lady Red Hawks lose another tough match to OIT
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Lady Red Hawks (0-8) got the opportunity to avenge a devastating earlier season loss to Oregon Institute of Technology (3-4) Thursday, Nov. 19 in the Heritage Student Life Center. The Red Hawks faced OIT three weeks ago in Klamath Falls, Ore., losing that contest 59-82. Tuesday’s matchup was a more evenly played game. The Red Hawks were unable to get over the hump losing 54-70 to the hustling Lady Owls.
The Red Hawks were able to slow down the usually fast-paced Owls in the first half. Turning the game into a slow paced half-court game, the Red Hawks held the Owls to only four points nearly nine minutes into the first half. Lisa Bush was able to break the ball game open for the Owls with a pair of threes. OIT went on a 20-9 run at the end of the first half to push their lead to 20 at the break.
With a huge deficit to face at halftime, the Red Hawks looked to their gritty defense and long range shooting to turn the tables on the Owls. Paige Barrett went on a 9-0 run to open the first half, bringing Simpson to within nine. Barrett would combine forces with Kayla Rackley as catalysts for the Simpson’s offense. Rackley hit three three’s, which ignited the sleeping Red Hawks and brought them within nine with 13 minutes to play.
Undaunted, the Owls called a timeout to break the Red Hawks’ momentum. OIT went on a 6-0 run from that point to push the lead back to 15 with 10 minutes to go. Britney Cherry scored eight of her 18 points in the second half to lead the Owls. The back-and-forth scoring favored OIT as they slowed down the game and ran down the clock. The Red Hawks’ Rackley hit her final three of the game to bring Simpson within 13. The Owls answered, however, scoring on the ensuing possession to push the lead back to 15 with two minutes to go. OIT emptied their bench at the 1:30 mark, signaling the end of the game.
The Lady Owls shot 48 percent from the field and out-rebounded Simpson 43-21. OIT had three players in double figures. Kelsey New hit three three’s in the contest for the Owls, and Jazzy McDaniel had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Simpson’s Barrett hit five three’s. Barrett’s 18 points alongside Rackley’s nine were the majority of Simpson’s scoring. The Red Hawks shot only 31 percent from the field; this coupled with their 20 turnovers sealed their fate.
“I liked our effort tonight. We just didn’t run through our offense enough to make it really effective. Paige caught fire and that kept us alive for awhile but, when you don’t run an efficient offense and then go down and forget to play help defense, you can’t really expect to win,” said head coach Derrick Pringle. “I am glad we are 0-8 right now instead of in conference. It’s a learning experience and we are learning the hard way.”
Simpson again looks to avenge an earlier season loss when they travel to Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 21 to play Northwest Christian. The Beacons beat Simpson in the Red Hawks’ home opener on November 11.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.