ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Lady Ranger basketball team got off to a good start in the 2009-10 season, with a 84-82 win at Percefull Fieldhouse in their season opener. Northwestern got good usage from its bench, as six players tallied 54 points.
In a slow start to the game, Langston eventually took a 36-23 lead with 5:36 to play. The Rangers trimmed that lead to 44-37 going into the half.
After four lead changes during the first eight minutes of the second half, Northwestern found itself down seven, 64-57. The Lady Rangers battled back to tie the game at 72-72, before the game went through five more lead changes.
The Lady Rangers warded off the Lady Lions with an 82-80 advantage over the last 1:09, as a last second shot failed for Langston for the tie.
Five players posted double digits as Claudia Vazquez scored 21 points off the bench, hitting 9-of-12 from the field. Audrey Richmond chipped in 17 points, while Annalena Farias recorded 13. Keindra Scott finished with 12, as Heather O’Neal scored 11. Farias and Richmond led Northwestern with six rebounds each.
Northwestern shot 46.3 percent on the night, hitting only 5-of-24 three-pointers. For the game, the Lady Rangers converted 17-of-23 free throws.
Langston finished the game shooting 43.8 percent, hit nine three-pointers and also canned 17 free throws. Sanetra Jackson and Latesha Calton-Woods combined for 58 of the Lady Lions points, with Jackson leading the way with 33 points, while Calton-Woods had 25.
Northwestern (1-0) will hit the road for the Baker University Classic held in Baldwin City, Kan. on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7.
Wed, November 4, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt