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Briggs and Thomas lead Titans by Roadrunners

Mya India Thomas, women's basketball
Mya India Thomas

The Titans got another big game from Mya India Thomas and handled Linn-Benton at home, 99-68.

How it happened: The Roadrunners scored the first three points of the game and led by five after two minutes, 7-2. The Titans responded with a 14-0 run over the next 4:22 to take a nine-point lead, 16-7. A 7-2 Titan run to end the quarter gave them a 23-11 lead.

The Titans shot 43.8 percent from the field but made 7-8 free throws and held Linn-Benton to 23.5 percent shooting and 1-7 from three. Kalina Rojas had seven points and three rebounds; Megan Fossen also had seven points and added two rebounds.

The Titans scored seven of the first nine points in the first 1:44 of the 2nd quarter. Neither team would score for 2:08 in the first half of the quarter. A Mya India Thomas layup with 2:12 remaining in the quarter gave the Titans a 21-point lead, 42-21. They would lead by 20 points after two, 48-28.

The Titans shooting stayed the same this time at 45.5 percent, but they only made 3-5 free throws and 2-7 threes and allowed 40 percent shooting by Linn-Benton. Meagan Briggs had six points and four rebounds; Mya India Thomas had 10 points, four steals and two assists off the bench.

The first five points went to Linn-Benton to start the 3rd quarter, but a 22-0 Titan run to the 2:14 mark sealed the game and gave them a 70-33 lead. The Titans led after 3, 77-39.

The Titans shooting was much more efficient at 57.1 percent and 3-6 from three. Their defense was great as well, holding Linn-Benton to 19 percent shooting. Megan Still had five points, two rebounds and a steal; Kylie Guelsdorf had two points, three assists and two rebounds; Mya India Thomas made another big impact with 12 points, two assists and two rebounds.

The 4th quarter was back-and-fourth from the beginning and the Titans lead was 41, 89-48, at the 5:49 mark. The Roadrunners caught fire from three and finished the game on a 20-11 run, but the Titans took the game, 99-68.

The Titans shooting was great at 58.8 percent, but they allowed 61.1 percent and 5-11 from three. 12 of the 22 points and 30 of the 50 minutes played came from the bench.

What/who stood out: 99 points is three straight games over the 90-point mark…51.3 percent shooting is two straight games over 50 percent; had gone nine games prior without doing so…seven made threes breaks a streak of two straight games in double-digits…14 made free throws is the fourth straight game in double figures after only 1 of previous four in double-figures…44 rebounds is five straight games over 40…11 offensive rebounds makes all 26 games in double-figures…25 assists is the third straight 20 plus game and 25 time in 26 games in double-figures…13 turnovers is 11 straight games under 20…13 steals is fifth straight game and nine of 10 in double figures…13 fouls is fifth straight under 20.

Meagan Briggs recorded her second career double-double with 14 point, a career-high 12 rebounds and season-high five assists…Kalina Rojas narrowly missed another double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds in only 21 minutes; she's had nine or more rebounds in nine games and seven of eight…Mya India Thomas led the way in scoring with 27 points, six assists, five steals and two rebounds; this was her third straight 20-point game after not doing so for five games; in non-starts she averages 20.4 ppg in 23.5 mpg, in comparison she averages 15.25 ppg as a starter in 26.06 mpg.

What it means: The Titans remain in 1st place at 12-1 and 24-2 overall. They're 1 game ahead of Umpqua and 1.5 ahead of Mt. Hood.

What's next: The Titans travel to 3rd place and No. 7 Mt. Hood (20-7, 11-3) on Saturday at 2 p.m.