The Lane women’s basketball team is first place in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges South Region.
Although they are tied at 5-1 with the South Umpqua Community College Riverhawks, the Titans own the tiebreaker because they defeated the Riverhawks earlier this season.
Lane started off its week with a blowout victory over the Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers.
The Titans jumped out to a 52-26 halftime lead and the game was never close again. Freshman Shelby Snook scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed nine boards to help the Titans to an 85-52 victory.
The Titans extended its winning streak to five games on Jan. 25 with a 71-55 victory over the Chemeketa Community College Storm.
Lane opened up the game, hitting the first few shots before enduring a long drought in the first half.
It wasn’t due to selection of bad shots — the Titans had plenty of open looks. They were simply unable to put the ball in the basket.
Snook, the Titans’ leading scorer, played only 10 minutes in the first half after getting herself into early foul trouble.
The slow-paced first half resulted in a 10-point lead for Lane. The Titans’ stifling defense was able to hold the Storm to just 26 points in the first half.
“We haven’t been defending very well this year. The last two games, we’ve held teams below their season average, below 60 points,” Titans head coach Greg Sheley said. “We were playing tight and deflecting.”
Fueled by a great defense resulting in turnover after turnover for the Storm, Lane was able to produce 30 points off of turnovers.
Over the course of the game, the Titans were able to snatch 27 turnovers led by freshman guard Nikki Duncans’ five steals.
Briefly into the second half, Lane strung together an 11-3 run. With a lead of 17, the Titans were able to coast to the finish line with a 16-point victory and a final score of 71-55. Duncan was able to convert five three-pointers for a game-high of 15 points. Snook was held to only 11 points but made up for it by dishing out six assists, almost half of the team’s total.
The Titans will face the Clackamas Community College Cougars at home on Feb. 1 to begin the second half of NWAACC South Region play.
In their first meeting Jan. 4, Clackamas handed the Titans their only Southern Region loss of the season.