All-American too much for the Red Hawks
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Red Hawks hosted the Southern Oregon University Lady Raiders on Tuesday, Dec. 15 in the Heritage Student Life Center. The previous meeting between the two teams ended in a one-point loss for the Red Hawks. Both teams came in with renewed focus hoping to improve from the previous meeting. It was Southern Oregon who once again came out victorious 65-46, riding the back of All-American Jacki Speer’s 19 point, 14 rebound performance.
The first half was an even battle between the Red Hawks and the Lady Raiders. Simpson had a difficult time matching up with the interior size of Speer who took advantage of her 6’2” frame. Speer led Southern Oregon in the first half with nine points and seven rebounds. Simpson’s Paige Barrett was the answer to Speer. She scored eight points including a layup which tied the game with 8:50 to go in the half. Simpson kept pace with SOU going into halftime down only five points, 29-24.
The Raiders jumped out to an early second half lead, opening up with a 16-4 run. Speer continued her offensive domination scoring 10 second half points to power the Raider offense.
Simpson’s Dominique Simmons and Chelsea Engstrom led the second half charge for the Red Hawks. Engstrom was a catalyst off the bench by hitting back-to-back jumpers with under three minutes to play that ushered the crowd back into the game.
Southern Oregon coach Lynn Kennedy subbed his bench in with two minutes left in regulation. The Red Hawks continued to play with poise and composure until the final buzzer.
The Red Hawks face Linfield College on Sunday, Dec. 20 in the Heritage Student Life Center. Tip-off is at 3:30 p.m.
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