CHICKASHA, Okla. – The Lady Ranger basketball team saw a 10-point lead vanish in the last half of the second period, as Northwestern fell 69-65 to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Thursday in Chickasha.
Northwestern shot out to a 10-point lead at the 8:17 mark in the first half, but USAO responded with an 8-0 run and closed the half at a 33-33 stalemate.
The Lady Rangers pulled away from the Lady Drovers to start the second half and held their biggest lead of the half, 54-44, with 11:36 to play. USAO scored seven unanswered points, forcing the game into a 60-60 tie at 3:43.
USAO came out of the deadlock, and warded Northwestern off, making eight free throws as the Lady Rangers were forced to foul.
Autumn Klugh hit five three-pointers and three free throws on her way to leading Northwestern with 18 points. Claudia Vasquez was a rebound short of a double-double with 13 points and nine boards. D’Shanna Butler and Danielle Stebens finished with 12 points each.
Northwestern received 19 points off of 11 USAO turnovers and shot 34 percent from the field and was 6-of-20 from three. USAO shot 41 percent and was led by Ivaney Marquez’ 18 points and 12 boards.
The Lady Rangers (7-7, 2-6) end the week with a 6 p.m. game with No. 17 Southern Nazarene on Saturday, Jan. 17 at Percefull Fieldhouse.
Fri, January 16, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt