UMPQUA WOMEN EXTEND LEAD FOR FIRST WITH WIN OVER LANE
EUGENE – The Umpqua women’s basketball team widened its lead in the race for the South Region title by beating the second place Lane Titans 89-56 on Wednesday night.
The Lady Riverhawks built a 24-point lead in the first half. Lane outscored Umpqua 18-16 in the third quarter, but the Riverhawks responded by doubling up the Titans 22-11 in the final period. The win was Umpqua’s seventh in league play by 30 points or more.
Jordan Stotler, Daisy Powell, and Bria Thames all scored 24 points to lead the Riverhawks. Sotler also had 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots to record her first triple-double of the season.
The 6’4″ freshman post has been a dominate shot blocker this year and is now just two blocks away from reaching 100 for the season. If Stotler can hit that mark, she’ll become just the third woman in the last decade of the Northwest Athletic Conference to record 100 or more blocked shots in a year. The last woman to do it was Umpqua’s Anna Mumm last season. If Stotler keeps up her average of 4.08 blocks per game, she will easily pass Mumm’s 108 blocks.
The win gives the Lady Riverhawks a 2.5 game lead on the Titans for the South Region title with four games left to play. The Umpqua women can clinch their fourth league title in five years with a win against Portland on Saturday and a loss by Lane when the Titans visit Clackamas.
Umpqua and Portland meet in the PE facilities on the Cascade Campus in Portland on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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