WINCHESTER — Umpqua Community College’s women’s basketball team got its first Northwest Athletic Conference South Region win Wednesday.

Umpqua won 85-68 over Linn-Benton.

“We expected to come out and win,” UCC coach Dave Stricklin said. “It had to be sometime, we should’ve won last Saturday (at Mt. Hood).”

The Riverhawks were up 42-35 at halftime, but Linn-Benton came out strong in the third quarter.

Kelsey Clark hit a 3-pointer for the Roadrunners (8-7, 2-1 South) with 5:38 left in the quarter to make it a three-point game, 49-46.

Umpqua (12-3, 1-1) then scored 12 consecutive points to go up 62-46 with three minutes left in the quarter.

“It was definitely a tough one, because we knew we had to win,” UCC post Darian Mitchell said. “We had to work our hardest and keep working on our defense, which I think we improved some but we still have a lot to work on. I think we played super hard.”

Mitchell had a double-double with 28 points and 15 rebounds.

“Darian, they can’t stop her inside,” coach Stricklin said. “I thought she needed to get more shots, we need to keep going to her.”

Mitchell was 13 of 19 from the field and 1 of 2 from the free-throw line.

“On the offensive side I definitely made a lot more of my shots and I posted up harder and my team did a great job passing me the ball inside,” Mitchell said. “We’ve had a hard time getting the ball inside and got it done today.”

Umpqua’s Sienna Riggle, Taylor Stricklin and Grace Campbell all scored in double digits.

Campbell came off the bench for the Riverhawks, as coach Stricklin is trying to find the right combination of players to start the game off strong.

“Grace plays hard,” he said. “She needs to figure out how to play defense without fouling. Part of that is technique and part positioning. Some people back off on defense when they get a foul, but she keeps playing.”

It was the second consecutive game Campbell fouled out.

“I think everyone did a good job today,” Mitchell said. “We pushed the ball a lot more than normal.”

The Roadrunners were led in scoring by Amyr Lowe with 18 points.

Linn-Benton’s Kalli Frieze, who was on the UCC roster last year, scored 10 points in the game. Kaltin Beovich-Farris came off the bench for LBCC to score 12.

“We got killed on offensive rebounds,” Frieze said. “We were struggling. Our intensity was good, though, it was a good game.”

UCC outrebounded Linn-Benton, 42-14.

Prior to tip-off, Mitchell and Frieze smiled at one another as they each got ready. Mitchell won the tip for Umpqua.

“Me and Kalli became really good friends last year,” Mitchell said. “She’s a good person and I know she switched schools, but she’s still one of my good friends. It’s always good seeing her.”

When Linn-Benton’s Kelsey Clark went to the line 1:16 into the game, officials noticed that the ball was a men’s size and paused the game to switch to a women’s ball. Umpqua’s Lexi Woodard was the only player to score with the men’s ball.

Umpqua hadn’t played a home game since Nov. 23 and as coach Stricklin put it, “We’ve played more games at Centralia than we did at home.”

Umpqua will host Clackamas at 2 p.m. Saturday.

LINN-BENTON (68) — Amyr Lowe 5-11 7-11 18, Beovich-Farris 3-9 4-6 12, Frieze 3-7 4-4 10, Clark 3-4 2-2 9, Oakden 3-12 0-1 7, Kinniburgh 1-2 0-0 2, Huson 3-9 0-0 6, Hendricks 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 0-1 1-2 1, Ely 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 22-56 18-26 68.

UMPQUA (85) — Darian Mitchell 13-19 1-2 28, Riggle 4-6 4-6 12, Stricklin 5-12 5-7 16, Reinen 1-4 1-1 3, Woodard 2-6 5-9 9, Rincon 0-0 0-0 0, Gilbert 0-1 0-0 0, Campbell 5-12 1-1 11, Gonzalez 2-5 2-2 6, Padgett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-65 19-28 85.

Linn-Benton 13 22 17 16 — 68

Umpqua 21 21 22 21 — 85

3-Point Goals — LBCC 6-19 (Oakden 1-3, Clark 1-1, Lowe 1-2, Beovich-Farris 2-4, Ely 1-1), UCC 2-15 (Stricklin 1-6, Mitchell 1-3). Rebounds — LBCC 14 (Huson 4), UCC 42 (Mitchell 15). Assists — LBCC 7 (Lowe 4), UCC 12 (Gonzalez 4). Steals — LBCC 11 (Lowe 4), UCC 8 (Campbell 4). Turnovers — LBCC 11, UCC 19. Total Fouls — LBCC 24, UCCC 23. Fouled Out — Campbell.

Sports reporter Sanne Godfrey can be reached at 541-957-4203 or via email at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com.

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