Southern Oregon University extended its winning streak to six games on Wednesday with a 78-51 victory over Northwest University in a women's basketball game at McNeal Pavilion.

The Raiders built a double-digit lead at the half and never let Northwest back into the contest.

Jackie Speer led SOU with 16 points and eight rebounds, while former Crater High standout Emily Brookins hit three 3-pointers en route to 14 points. Five Raiders scored at least eight points in another balanced effort.

"I think that's why it's hard to get ready for us, because any night any of our players can go off for 20 points a game and any can go off for 10 or 12 rebounds," SOU head coach Lynn Kennedy said. "You can't pick one player to key on."

Chelsea Drivstuen scored 15 points to pace Northwest, which shot just 23 percent from the field in the first half and 25 percent for the game.

Southern Oregon also held a healthy advantage on the boards, outrebounding Northwest 63-34.

The Raiders, at 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the Cascade Conference, are off to their best start in four seasons. Still, Kennedy says there's plenty of room for improvement.

"If we (keep improving), we're going to be a pretty good team at the end of the year," Kennedy said.

SOU plays at the Menlo Tournament on Dec. 29-30, and return home to play Simpson College at McNeal Pavilion on Jan. 2.

Men's basketball

Southern Oregon dropped its seventh straight game with a 82-76 Cascade Conference loss to Northwest University at McNeal Pavilion.

The Raiders (4-10, 0-4 CCC) built a 10-point lead over the first five minutes of the game behind a hot start from Matt Cowell but couldn't hold the advantage.

Cowell finished with a career-high 36 points, while Greg George led Northwest with 24 points.

SOU trailed 34-33 at the half and Northwest built its lead to 13 points before the Raiders rallied to within four with one minute to play.

Girls basketball

At Bend, Allison Gida had 14 points and seven steals to lead sixth-ranked Ashland to the 49-33 nonleague victory over Mountain View.

Natalie Del Carlo added 10 points and Brenna Heater had nine points, six blocks and four steals for the Grizzlies, who were playing without senior forward Rachel Pavlich and junior forward Layla Zare.

"We're starting to figure some things out," Ashland head coach Steve Farley said. "We just have to get ourselves healthy. I think this is good timing for us to have a few days off, get ourselves ready to go for conference play."

Kelsey McKinnis had eight points and four steals and Heidi Siebenlist added seven steals as Ashland slowly pulled away for the win.

Alicia Love led Mountain View with 13 points.

ASHLAND (49) &

Gida 14, Del Carlo 10, Heater 9, McKinnis 8, Petitt 0, Siebenlist 0, Silbowitz 4, Van Vleck 4. Totals: 15 17-23 49.

MOUNTAIN VIEW (33) &

Love 13, Van Tassel 0, Willey 2, Donegan 0, Anderson 1, Groves 2, Bartholomew 3, Lind 2, Danford 0, Hofman 6, Riel 0, Mayhew 2, Schoenborn 0. Totals: 11 8-20 33.

Ashland 9 14 9 17 "" 49

Mountain View 9 11 — 10 "" 33

3-point goals &

Ashland 2 (Gida 1, McKinnis 1), Mountain View — (Love 3). Fouled out &

Love.

JV score &

Mountain View 38, Ashland 33.