SHAWNEE – Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Lady Rangers were edged on the hardwood Saturday night by Oklahoma Baptist, 63-60, as the closing seconds were the determining factor.
After leading 59-58 with 2:04 remaining, Northwestern suffered four consecutive turnovers in the final minute and missed a three-pointer at the buzzer to fall to the Lady Bison in Shawnee.
Northwestern found itself down by as many as 12 points in the first half, but an 18-7 run to close out the half left them a point shy at halftime, down 32-31.
The game went through five lead changes, with the last change at the 1:44 mark when OBU took the final lead.
Both teams coughed up the ball 20 times as the Lady Bison out-rebounded Northwestern 43-37.
The Lady Rangers got 47 points from three players, as Audrey Richmond led the way with 19 points. Autumn Klugh and Rachel Wilczek both hit three trey’s, scoring 16 and 12 points, respectively. Claudia Vazquez picked up 11 rebounds.
Shooting percentages for both teams were close. Both teams shot 36 percent from the floor and the Lady Bison hit 9-of-26 three’s while the Lady Rangers sunk 7-of-21. OBU hit one more free throw than NWOSU, 13-12.
Gabriell Mattox led the Lady Bison with 23 points and nine rebounds.
Northwestern (8-7, 4-6) heads to Texas on Thursday, Jan. 20 for a 6 p.m. game with Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Tex.
Sun, January 16, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt