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Tuesday, March 10

3rd Place Final

2 p.m. Women -- Umpqua 82, SW Oregon 80 [stats]

The Umpqua Riverhawks had to hold on for dear life in the final few minutes against SW Oregon, but just managed to stay ahead, beating the Lakers 82-80 to claim third place at the NWAC championships on March 10.

After a hotly contested first half which featured 20 lead changes, SW Oregon led 44-40 thanks to a 6-0 run to end the half.

SW Oregon picked up where they left off after the halftime break, jumping out to a 10-point lead at the 5:11 mark of the second half, and leading 65-54 on a putback from Aminata Cole with 11:12 to play in the game.

Then Sawyer Kluge and the Riverhawks started to take over. Kluge hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead to seven, and moments later scored eight consecutive points on her own to give Umpqua a 70-67 lead after just over three minutes.

But the Riverhawks weren't done. Umpqua went on a 26-4 run overall and led 78-67 with 5:26 to play and still led 82-71 with just over two and a half minutes left before cruising to victo-- wait.

When Umpqua reached 82 points, something either shut off on offense for the Riverhawks or came alive for SW Oregon. The Lakers -- incredibly -- scored the next nine points and were down 82-80 after Cole hit a pair from the line with 48 seconds to play.

SW Oregon had the ball back with time for another shot, but Cole's attempt at a game-winner was off, securing third for the Riverhawks.

Ashli Payne led all scorers with 29 points in the victory, including five-of-10 three point attempts and 12 rebounds. Kluge was six of 13 from distance, and finished with 25 points.

Cole led the Lakers with 23 points.
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