Northwestern Can’t Hold Onto Lead in 62-59 Loss to SNU

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Northwestern Can’t Hold Onto Lead in 62-59 Loss to SNU

Northwestern Can’t Hold Onto Lead in 62-59 Loss to SNU BETHANY, Okla. – A seven-point lead with four minutes remaining got erased in Bethany, as No. 23 Southern Nazarene defeated Northwestern’s Lady Rangers in the closing minutes, defeating NWOSU 62-59.

Southern Nazarene held a 31-28 halftime advantage, but didn’t lead any more than six points. Talytha Williams closed the gap to three with a trey with 53 seconds to go before halftime.

The Crimson Storm held the lead in the second half, until the 11:54 mark, when Mandy Norman’s layup put the Lady Rangers in front. Northwestern held onto that lead until the final minutes of the game. 

With the score knotted at 59-59 with 1:42 to go, SNU hit three free throws to go up 62-59. Northwestern had 12 seconds for a final shot, but failed to get a shot off.

Northwestern shot better than Southern Nazarene in everything but free throws. The Lady Rangers hit 37 percent from the field and canned 9-of-24 from three-point range. They limited SNU to 34 percent from the field and to 5-of-15 from three. The Crimson Storm hit 19-of-28 free throws on 22 Lady Ranger fouls, while NWOSU was 4-of-7 from the line.

Claudia Vasquez had a 14 points and Rachel Wilczek added 13 points, including three treys. Both players registered eight rebounds. 

Southern Nazarene’s five starters were the only ones to score, with four of the five in double figures. Oumoul Thiam led the way for the Crimson Storm with 16 points.

Northwestern (10-11, 6-10) hosts USAO at Percefull Fieldhouse for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 12.