Titans recover from halftime deficit
Alan K. Fox - THE TORCH
The Lady Titans followed up on its record-setting performance against the Portland Panthers on Jan. 15 with a home win in league play on Jan. 19 with a 93-75 victory over the Umpqua Riverhawks.
The win extended the Lady Titans' (14-2, 4-0 Southern Region) national record home winning streak to 83 games.
"We knew this was going to be a tough game and so far the toughest on the season, and we had to come out and protect our home court every game," Sophomore forward Ashley Smith said. "We had to protect our winning streak and winning this was big."
Smith, who is the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges leading scorer, finished the game with a double-double, 32 points and 10 rebounds.
The first five minutes of the game were dominated in the offensive paint and the play of sophomore forward Kristen Huff.
She scored thee first 12 points for LCC before she got into to foul-trouble.
She was pulled for the last 15 minutes of the half.
"Huff came out of fire," Sheley said.
Huff finished the game with 16 points and shot a perfect six-for -six from the field, and has shot 92 percent from the field in the last two games.
"I feel more confident which is good and I have another post player to help out which is good," Huff said. "I'm am pretty excited and it's all due to having a great team."
The Riverhawks (11-5, 2-2) took advantage of Huff being on the bench. They went on a 9-4 run and took a two point lead before the physical play of Smith helped spark a 13-0 run to take the lead back 31-16.
Smith also got into fould trouble late in the first half, and the Riverhawks finished the half by taking advantage of the paint. They entered halftime up one point, 42-41.
To start the second half LCC's offense responded and went on a 10-4 run to claim the lead for good.
Most of the offense in the second half came from Smith who had 22 second half points with 10 of them coming from the free-throw line.
"The last 10 minutes AJ (Ashley Smith) took over," head coach Greg Sheley said. "So, not too shabby."
The Lady Titans take the court next Jan. 22 when they head to Coos Bay to take on Southwestern Oregon for a 4 p.m. tip-off.