ALVA – It has been 13 and a half years since Northwestern Oklahoma State and Southwestern Oklahoma State met on the hardwood, and on Tuesday, Northwestern’s women came out ahead, defeating NCAA Division II Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 62-60, in the Lady Rangers season opener at Percefull Fieldhouse.
Northwestern came back from a first half, six-point deficit with 13 minutes to go and held a 31-29 halftime advantage.
The Lady Rangers upheld that lead up until the 11:58 mark in the second half, when the game was at its third tie, 43-43.
Southwestern remained on top for ten minutes, up 60-56 with 2:37 left in the game. Rachel Wilczek scored five points in the next 1:17, with a three-pointer and knocking down a pair of free throws, giving the Lady Rangers a 61-60 lead. After a missed field goal attempt, SWOSU suffered a pair of turnovers and were forced to foul. Mandy Norman converted a free throw with 13 seconds left and the Lady Bulldogs committed a turnover to end the game with seconds remaining.
Both teams shot similar, with Northwestern hitting 35.8 percent from the floor while the Lady Bulldogs hit 36.4. The Lady Rangers hit 3-of-14 from beyond the three-point arch and were 11-of 14 from three point range.
Northwestern took advantage of 28 SWOSU turnovers to score 25 points off of Lady Bulldogs miscues.
Wilczek paced the Lady Rangers with 14 points, shooting 4-of-7 from the floor, hitting a pair of treys and hitting all four free throws. She also led the way in rebounds with six. Norman also found double figures, scoring 10 points. Renee Golliday finished with seven points, as three Lady Rangers had six points.
Northwestern (1-0) will begin play in its own Northwestern Classic, held on Friday Nov. 5 and Saturday Nov. 6. On Friday, William Jewell (Mo.) will play USAO at 5:30 p.m. and Northwestern will host Baker (Kan.) at 7:30 p.m. USAO will take on Baker in Saturday’s opener at 6 p.m., followed by Northwestern and William Jewell at 8 p.m.
Wed, November 3, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt