ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Ranger women came away victorious in their final game of the semester as they snuck by Newman (Kan.) 55-52 at Percefull Fieldhouse on Sunday.
Northwestern held a 10 point lead midway through the first half, but that lead was trimmed as the Jets fought back and trailed by one, 25-24 at half. Both teams shot 30 percent in the half.
The beginning of the second half was a dogfight, as the lead changed four times through the first 10 minutes.
After being deadlocked at 41-41, the Jets Rainey Nickel hit back-to-back three-pointers to take a six-point advantage. The Rangers closed the gap to one, but not before Nickel hit another three to put Newman on top 50-46 with 8:23 to go.
Autumn Klugh hit a layup to pull the Rangers within two points and neither team would score for five minutes.
After two Jet free throws, putting them up 52-48, Emily Gilbert recorded an old fashioned three-point play to get within a point. Northwestern was able to hold off Newman for the final two minutes as Claudia Vazquez put the Lady Rangers on top and D’Shanna Butler iced the game with two free throws to give the Lady Rangers the three-point victory.
Butler, Gilbert and Klugh tied for the high-scorer with 11 points. Kelli Krows and Vazquez finished with nine points each. As a team, Northwestern shot 37 percent and even better from three 6-of-15 (40 percent).
Newman shot 34 percent on the afternoon and was led by Melissa Brockelman’s 11 points.
Northwestern (6-3) returns to action next semester as they travel to Claremore to play Rogers State at 6 p.m. on Jan. 3.
Mon, December 15, 2008
by Ryan Hintergardt