KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Junior Amanda Constant scored a career-high 26 points on Saturday night at Danny Miles Court to lead the Lady Owls (2-4) to a 71-65 victory over Simpson University (1-7) as part of the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic.
Tech opened the game 5-0 as Constant scored the first basket and sophomore Kristin Farrell sunk one from behind the arc. The team rode the boost to the end of the first stanza without a lead change, ending 18-12.
The Owls struggled from the field in the second, shooting at only 22% but making 14-of-17 free throws to stay in the game. Simpson went 6-0 to recover the lead from a deficit on two separate occasions but struggled to hold it for long.
Quarter three saw a 10-2 run from the Red Hawks, who took and held a three-point advantage to the end of the period. The Lady Owls were determined, however, and came back in the final quarter as a Kylie Meadows layup kicked off a 19-4 run to the lead.
Constant and sophomore Melissa Lee each scored six in the run, which put the Owls up nine points with just 18 second on the clock. Simpson’s Brianna Clark scored four in the final 14 seconds, but it was too little too late.
Constant and Lee led the scoring, with Lee adding 12 points and six rebounds and Constant adding seven rebounds on top of her career-high points. Constant shot 16-of-19 from the charity stripe and 5-of-10 from the field.
Overall Oregon Tech shot at 40% and 75% from the free-throw line. The Red Hawks shot at 37.9% overall but took a 7-2 three-point advantage, shooting 28% from long range.
Ruby Daube led Simpson University with 13 points and was followed by Alli Ramelli with 11 points, three assists, two steals, and the teams only two blocks. Brianna Clark rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points.
Thirty-three fouls from Simpson allowed OIT a 33-14 advantage from the charity stripe.
The Red Hawks forced 17 turnovers – turning them into 12 points – while only making six of their own.
Tech took a 47-25 rebounding advantage and a 13-10 assisting edge.
Simpson led from the bench 36-29.
The Lady Owls will take on NW Indian College next Saturday at 6:00pm at Danny Miles Court before hitting the road to challenge Cal Maritime and Pacific Union on November 30th and December 1st.