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Claudia VazquezALVA, Okla. – The Lady Rangers got past the USAO Lady Drovers in Northwestern’s final regular season home game of the season. Northwestern advanced to 11-15 on the season with the 73-67 win in Alva.


Northwestern found itself down 27-15, its largest deficit of the first half, but Rachel Wilczek got the Lady Rangers right back in the thick of things with back-to-back three-pointers to pull Northwestern back within six points. Annalena Farias made a field goal and Claudia Vazquez hit two consecutive field goals to aid Northwestern to a two-point deficit at half, down 29-27.


Northwestern gained the lead early in the second half and held it until seven minutes to go. After four lead changes, the Rangers were able to hold on over the final six minutes to come to the 73-67 win.


The Lady Rangers shot 47 percent, nine percent better than its opposition, and hit 5-of-15 from three. They scored 21 points from the free throw line.


Vazquez paced NWOSU with 21 points on eight field goals and five free throws. D’Shanna Butler finished with 18 points, while Wilczek scored 12 points on four three’s.


USAO’s Sasha Ferguson led the Lady Drovers with 13 points, as USAO shot 38 percent on the evening.


Northwestern (11-15, 6-14) will be in Oklahoma City next week, playing Oklahoma City on Thursday, Feb. 26.