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Warner Pac holds off So. Oregon

 Posted: 2:00 AM January 26, 2013

Four free throws by Warner Pacific's Chelsey Christensen in the final 15 seconds sealed an 85-80 Cascade Collegiate Conference women's basketball victory over Southern Oregon University Friday at Bob Riehm Arena.

Warner Pacific improves to 13-8 overall and 8-3 in conference play, while Southern Oregon falls to 15-8 overall and 5-7 in the CCC.

Melissa Sweat of SOU (15-8, 5-7 CCC) led all players with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Alexi Smith tallied 12 points, Angelica Cahee added 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Carly Meister finished with 10 points in the loss.

Christensen's 21 points led a group of five players who reached double figures for the Knights (13-8, 8-3).

Tori Carroll tallied eight points and tied Christensen with eight rebounds, while Nichole Jackson and KayLee Engen each finished with 15 points. Morgan Wolff totaled 13 points and Jackson finished one assist shy of a double-double with nine assists.

Warner Pacific shot 50 percent from the field (35 of 70), while Southern Oregon shot 45.6 percent (31 of 68).

The Knights led by as many as nine points in the first half before taking a 41-34 lead at the break.

Southern Oregon scored the first six points of the second half on consecutive layups by Smith, Ashley Claussen and Cahee to pull within one, but Warner Pacific eventually worked its lead back up to eight when Carroll hit a 3-pointer to make it 54-46.

Allison Gida made a layup on the Raiders' next possession to spark a 13-5 run that tied it up at 59-59 with 10:44 to play.

Warner Pacific again tried to pull away a few minutes later with a six-point streak, but the Raiders battled back to tie it up on a three-point play by Meister with just under two minutes to go.

Jacki Cannon made a layup a few seconds later to put the Knights back up by two, and the Knights didn't trail the rest of the way.

Sweat hit a long 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds to make it 83-80, but Christensen made both free throws on the Knights' next possession to clinch the win, giving them a season sweep in the series.

The Raiders host Concordia today at 5:30 p.m.

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