Simpson edges out OIT by one point for second win in a row
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University's women's basketball team took to the court on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against the Owls from Oregon Tech. The Red Hawks came out victorious on a last-second shot from Bekah Eppler to seal the game 60-59.
The Red Hawks started the game off slow, and the Owls seized control of the game early of with some outstanding play from Kassi Conditt. However, it wasn't long before the Red Hawks started to establish themselves on the offensive end when Charissa Murakami and Tempest Dawson were the center of the Red Hawk attack. The game stayed close for the first half with neither team taking firm control of the game. The teams took a 32-27 scoreline in to the half.
In the second half, the Owls took control of the game. They stretched their lead out early in the half when a Kiana Caban basket put the Owls up by 11 points with 14:54 to play in the game. It seemed like the Owls were going to coast to victory because they sustained that lead for the bulk of the second half and the Red Hawks just could not cut into the lead.
With 3:54 to play in the game, Aundrea Albright put the Owls up 57-45. That basket woke the Red Hawks up and they started to chip away at the lead with some great play from Nichole Jones, who provided a spark off of the bench. On the offensive end, Dawson and Eppler made some great baskets to cut into the lead. Ariassa Wilson's two points finally brought the Red Hawks back and tied the score at 57 with 55 seconds to play. Kassi Conditt put the Owls back in front with 37 seconds to play. Eppler got to the free-throw line and converted on one of her two attempts to bring the game within one with 26 seconds to play. The Red Hawks fouled as soon as possible. The Owls' Carrie Thibault went to the line with a one-and-one opportunity, which she missed. The Red Hawks grabbed the rebound and took the last shot. Eppler drove the ball and put in her shot with just three seconds left in the game. The Owls did not have any timeouts and were unable to get a shot off. Simpson held on for the 60-59 thrilling win.
The win puts the Red Hawks' season record at 2-3. They will look make it three in a row on Friday, Nov. 18 against Corban College in Salem, Ore. Tip off is at 5:30 p.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
Photo by Paige Barrett
Pictured Above: Bekah Eppler
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