The Southwestern Oregon Community College women’s basketball team got its first win of the season Sunday, using a big third quarter to top Pierce 71-63 in the Clackamas Thanksgiving Invitational.

“It’s great to get a win,” SWOCC coach Jeff Johnson said.

SWOCC led 31-30 at halftime, but outscored Pierce 23-13 in the third quarter to take control. The Lakers started the third quarter on a 16-2 run and held off Pierce the rest of the way.

Jessica Matheson had 28 points, 10 assists, eight steals and five rebounds in the win to lead the Lakers. Lose Fonua added 16 points and eight rebounds, Eniketi Fonua scored 13 points and Madison Bell added 12.

“We finally rebounded the ball,” Johnson said. “It’s the first game we out-rebounded our opponent. We got the win because we shot really well and shared it really well.”

Ruby Daube had 23 points for Pierce.

The Lakers were coming off losses to NWAC South Region foes Clackamas and Umpqua the first two days of the tournament.

On Saturday, Umpqua topped SWOCC 98-53, scoring 52 points in the first half and cruising to the win.

Five players scored in double figures for Umpqua, led by Taylor Stricklin and Dajanay Powell with 18 each.

Matheson had 13 points and Madison Bell nine for the Lakers. Lose Fonua had seven points and 11 rebounds and Codi Wallace scored seven points.

The Lakers have this weekend off before traveling to Everett, Wash., for a tournament Dec. 8-10.

SWOCC’s men had an abbreviated stay at the Red Devil Classic in Washington, when they lost to Yakima Valley 96-84 on Saturday, which eliminated the Lakers from the tournament.

“I think at one point they got a 20-point lead,” SWOCC coach Trevor Hoppe said. “We did a good job of battling back. We cut it to seven. They made some big, big baskets down the stretch.

“This is why we want to play these tournaments and good teams, so we can learn and get better.”

Moses Miller had 23 points in the loss and James Walljasper added 19 points and seven assists. Skyler Bradford scored 11 points.

“Offensively, we played good enough,” Hoppe said. “We’ve just got to shore up some things on the defensive end.”

David Lindgren and Modesta Britten each scored 21 for Yakima Valley.

SWOCC is in California this week for the Coach Tregs Corsair Classic.

“It’s disappointing to go two-and-out,” Hoppe said. “We’re not going to let anybody hang their heads. Keep plugging away and move forward.”

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