ASHLAND — Southern Oregon University forward Tate Hoffman has been voted the Cascade Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday, after sparking three Raider wins.
The sophomore from West Linn averaged 21.3 points and 11 rebounds, and shot 65 percent from the field (26-of-40) and 53 percent from 3 (10-of-19) as SOU defeated New Hope, Corban and Northwest Christian to go 19-9 and 13-5 in the CCC.
Hoffman's 24 points and 10 rebounds in the nonleague game at New Hope were both career-bests at the time. He hit a career-high five 3-pointers on his way to 17 points against Corban, and the 16 rebounds he pulled down that night were the most for any Raider in over five years. The gem of his week, however, was the NCU game: Along with going 10-of-15 for 23 points and seven boards, his defense on the conference's top scorer, Michael Loomis, resulted in a 4-of-13 shooting performance.
Hoffman raised his season scoring average to 12.3 points. In conference play, he ranks seventh among all CCC players in blocks (0.8), eighth in rebounds (6.8) and 14th in shooting percentage (52.7).
The Raiders, tied for second in the conference standings, close their regular season with a critical road trip this week — Friday at No. 4 College of Idaho and Saturday at No. 21 Eastern Oregon.
TRACK & FIELD
SEATTLE — Southern Oregon's 4x400-meter women's relay team clocked the third-fastest time in the NAIA this season for a win at the University of Washington Open and an automatic spot in the NAIA Indoor Championships on Sunday at the Dempsey Indoor facility.
Brooke Carson, Tara Crosswhite, Arianna Daniel and Loghan Sprauer were responsible for the feat, recording a time of 3 minutes, 54.28 seconds that was eight seconds faster than the runner-up in the nine-team field. Their converted time, adjusted for Dempsey's oversized track, is 3:56.60 on the NAIA list, behind only Southern University at New Orleans and Wayland Baptist (Texas).
Daniel was also sharp in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.92 seconds for 12th of 73 total runners, and teammate Erika Soderstrom placed 16th in 7.98. Soderstrom also led the Raiders in the 200, finishing in 26.03 for 10th of 57.
Lauren McGowne stood out in the field: She placed second of 43 in the long jump with a mark of 17 feet 4 ¾ inches, and 10th of 47 in the high jump by clearing 5-1.
Eli Chapman — already a provisional qualifier for the national meet in the 60 meters with a season-best of 6.90 — flew again with a time of 6.98 that placed him third of 68 runners. He was eighth in the 200, too, at 22.37 seconds.
In the men's field, Kevin Tunnell won his shot-put flight and took seventh of 38 overall with a mark of 48-5 1/4. Zach Beltz was 16th of 49 in the long jump at 21-4 3/4, and Justin Turner claimed 16th of 44 in the pole vault by clearing 14-6 1/4.
The meet was SOU's last until the NAIA Indoor Championships, which will be held March 1-3 in Pittsburg, Kansas.