Southern Oregon University put three players on the All-Cascade Collegiate Conference women's basketball team, more than any other school, the league office announced Tuesday.
The CCC's coaches voted senior Allison Gida and sophomores Carly Meister and Kristen Schoenherr onto the 12-person list, which was led by player of the year Brittney Newcomb of Eastern Oregon. Meister and Schoenherr joined Corban's Tara Vanweerdhuizen, who doubled as the defensive player of the year, as the only non-seniors on the team.
Gida, a 5-foot-11 forward who earned honorable mention recognition last year, spent a majority of the nonleague portion of SOU's schedule getting healthy and exploded once CCC play began. The Ashland High alum ranked third in the conference in points per game (15.6), fifth in rebounds (8.4), 12th in field-goal percentage (47.2) and 13th in blocks (0.6). She was twice named the CCC's player of the week and set new single-game career highs in points (28), rebounds (15) and assists (7), and tied a school record for steals (9).
Schoenherr, a 5-9 guard who transferred before the season from Centralia Community College, didn't take long to become SOU's most consistent scorer. The left-hander reached double figures in 30 of 33 games — including 24 straight at one point — to average 14.8 points, and was just 13 points shy of becoming the 13th player in program history to score 500 in a season. In CCC play, she ranked sixth in points (15.2), third in field-goal percentage (55.9), seventh in steals (1.8), 10th in assists (3.6), 15th in free-throw percentage (75.3) and 19th in rebounding (4.8). She was twice the CCC player of the week.
Meister was the freshman of the year a season ago and only improved while taking on a larger role in 2013-14. She was 11th in the CCC in points (13.6), seventh in rebounding (7.1), fifth in blocks (1.2) and second in field-goal percentage (58.3). The 6-2 forward went from three double-doubles last season to 10 as a sophomore and set new career highs in points (27) and rebounds (16).
Oregon Tech's Ashleigh Vandenbrink was named the freshman of the year. Monica Heuer was the coach of the year after leading Evergreen to its first winning CCC record in nine years in her 13th and final season.
SOU (25-8 overall), which won more games than it had in five seasons, was defeated Monday night in the CCC tournament championship game by Oregon Tech, 88-72. The Raiders will find out if their season is still alive when the NAIA Championships field of 32 is announced Wednesday at 5 p.m.
At Redding, Calif., the Southern Oregon University softball team was unable to produce a run in its return to the diamond Tuesday afternoon, losing 4-0 and 11-0 at Simpson University in a nonleague doubleheader.
Playing for the first time after a 31-day layoff, the Raiders (1-5) had three hits in Game 1 and four in a mercy-rule shortened Game 2 that went five innings. Two big innings put them under in both games.
Sydney White went the distance in the opener. She blanked the Redhawks (12-3) in five frames, but in the fourth inning she surrendered a two-run homer to Courtney Thomas and a solo shot to Taylor Hill. The other run was unearned, and White allowed just six hits.
Karlie Stephens started and took the second loss as she was unable to make it out of the fourth, when the Redhawks plated nine runs. Six of their runs were unearned.
Sulie Augustine went 2-for-4 on the day for the Raiders and Alexa Gonzalez took two walks in Game 2.
Katelyn Bell and Amy Rodriguez tossed the shutouts.
The Raiders will play their home-openers Saturday in another twin bill against Simpson at University Field. First pitch is scheduled for noon.