Southern Oregon University men are still looking for their first Cascade Conference basketball victory after suffering a 91-68 loss to Evergreen State Tuesday at McNeal Pavilion.




Southern Oregon absorbed its sixth straight defeat and fell to 0-3 in the conference, while the visiting Geoducks extended their win streak to three. Evergreen improved to 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the Cascade Conference.




Nathan Menefee scored 20 points to lead four Evergreen players in double figures.




The Geoducks shot 51 percent from the field in the first half and led 42-24 going into the break. The Raiders only managed 7-of-25 field goals (28 percent) in the opening half.




Trevor McKay paced the Raiders with 17 points and six rebounds. Matt Cowell added 15 points and Trenton Fraser chipped in 13.




Southern Oregon never led in the game. An early 16-3 run gave the Geoducks an 18-5 advantage with 11:24 left in the first half. Evergreen put together a 9-0 run to go up 36-18 with a little more than three minutes remaining in the half.




The Raiders outrebounded Evergreen, 32-24.




Southern Oregon (4-9, 0-3 CC) is off until a road trip Jan. 4-5 against Concordia in Portland and Corban College in Salem.




EVERGREEN STATE (7-1, 2-1 CC)




Menefee 8-16 1-2 20, Whittaker 6-11 0-1 13, Ward 7-8 2-2 16, Moore 4-5 0-0 11, Cook 0-0 0-1 0, Howard 2-3 3-3 7, Levi III 4-7 1-1 9, Ware 2-2 0-0 6, Feliciano 2-5 1-1 5, Pasquariello 0-2 0-0 0, Wright 2-3 0-0 4, Schlund 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 37-64 8-11 91.




SOUTHERN OREGON (4-9, 0-3 CC)




Thornton 2-7 2-5 6, McKay 5-12 6-9 17, McDermott 1-4 0-1 2, Cowell 1-5 13-14 15, Pool 1-4 4-4 6, Fraser 5-8 2-2 13, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Mahr 0-1 0-0 0, Grant 1-4 1-4 3, Tiefenthaler 1-1 3-4 5, Rooney 0-0 1-2 1, Nunnemaker 0-0 0-0 0, Pizzola 0-1 0-0 0, Vaughn 0-0 0-1 0, McKoviak 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-47 31-42 68.




Halftime &

ESC 42, SOU 24. 3-point goals &

ESC 9-19 (Moore 3-3, Menefee 3-7, Ware 2-2, Whittaker 1-5, Levi III 0-1, Pasquariello 0-1), SOU 3-12 (Fraser 1-1, McKay 1-2, Grant 1-4, McDermott 0-1, Cowell 0-1, Pizzola 0-1, Pool 0-2). Rebounds &

ESC 24 (Howard, Levi III 5), SOU 32 (McKay 6). Assists &

ESC 4 (Menefee 2), SOU — (Cowell 1). Personal Fouls &

ESC 28, SOU 14.




Women's basketball




After a lackluster first half, the Southern Oregon University women's basketball team stormed back with a 20-0 run early in the second half and hung on for a hard-fought 84-77 win over Evergreen State in Cascade Conference play at McNeal Pavilion on Tuesday.




With the win, SOU improved to 8-2 on the season, its best start since 2002-03, and 2-1 in league play while winning their fifth consecutive game. The Geoducks fell to 2-9 overall and 1-2 in league play.




The teams trade opponentns tonight when Northwest Universt visits SOU and Evergreen travels to meet Oregon Tech. OIT beat Northwest 102-57, Tuesday night. SOU is one of four teams with identical 2-1 records in the Cascade Conference. Eastern Oregon is the lone unbeaten team at 3-0.




SOU Coach Lynn Kennedy said his team turned up the defensive pressure in the second half to spark a 20-0 run. "We talked about driving the ball, get into the passing lanes, playing intense defense and we did, forcing them into turnovers and getting a big lead."




But Evergreen came back late in the game on a run of its own, closing the gap to 69-65 with five minutes left in the game. But Chelsey Muri was unshakable in scoring a game-high 29 points including on 9-for-14 shooting from the field and 10 of 12 from the charity stripe.




The game contained 57 fouls and the Raiders went to the free throw line 53 times, making 35. The Raiders shot 30 more free throws than Evergreen, which ended up 13-for-23.




Jacki Speer continued her season-long double-double performance contributing 23 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Emily Brookins added another 10 points for the Raiders who shot 44 percent for the game.




Evergreen State was led by Jennifer Solberg's 26 points and 11 rebounds. Kristi Auckland added 12 and Joy White and Molly Clark each contributed 10 points apiece. SOU led only 28-26 at halftime and Kennedy said he knew Evergreen was going to play tough despite his teams big second half run.




"They are well coached and have two big posts that play really well," Kennedy said. "Solberg is an excellent player and she scored well against us."




Wrestling




At Reno, Nev., heavyweight Marcus Moore and Trevor Lofstedt were Southern Oregon University's top performers at the 26-school Reno Tournament of Champions Tuesday.




Moore reached the quarterfinals with a 3-2 record, while Loftstedt qualified for the NAIA national championships with a top eight finish. Loftstedt, the NAIA No. 1-ranked 125-pounder, moved up to 133 and finished with a 4-2 record.




Central Michigan won the tournament, while the Raiders finished 19th.




Southern Oregon had 10 of its 12 wrestlers entered win at least one match.




Girls basketball




At Madras, Brenna Heater flourished against a smaller Madras interior, compiling 21 points, six blocks and four steals as Ashland earned the 59-30 nonconference victory over Madras.




The Grizzlies (7-2) collected 27 steals, seven coming from Allison Gida, who also contributed 12 points and four assists.




Ashland took a 13-point lead into the break, then built its advantage to 25 heading into the final period.




Natalie Del Carlo and Kelsey McKinnis tossed in 11 points apiece, and McKinnis also had four steals for the Grizzlies. Heidi Siebenlist added six steals.




ASHLAND (59) &

Heater 21, Contreras 0, Del Carlo 11, Gida 12, Petitt 0, McKinnis 11, Siebenlist 2, Silbowitz 0, Pavlich 0, Van Vleck 2. Totals: 24 8-16 59.




MADRAS (30) &

Danzaka 5, Graybad 4, Ahern 4, Made 4, Smith 3, Haugen 2, Wahnetah 4, Lewtwiker 0, Olney 4. Totals: 10 10-17 30.




Ashland 19 9 19 12 "" 59




Madras 6 9 7 8 "" 30




3-point goals &

Ashland — (McKinnis 1).




JV result &

Ashland won.