ALVA, Okla. – It’s been a while, in fact since November 29, 1993 since the Lady Rangers upset Oklahoma Christian. That changed on Tuesday, as Northwestern downed the Lady Eagles 67-58 for Northwestern’s fourth Sooner Athletic Conference win of the season.
The Lady Rangers battled back from a seven-point deficit in the first half and took a 25-21 into the break. Stats were similar for both teams: Northwestern shot 38 percent as Oklahoma Christian shot 39 percent and both teams hit 33 percent from three.
Northwestern held onto that lead until nine minutes left, when Oklahoma Christian knotted the game at 40-40. Autumn Klugh came up big with a pair of back-to-back three-pointers and the Rangers edged up to an 11 point lead with a minute to go.
The Lady Rangers hit seven three’s in 20 attempts and upped its percentage to 41 percent for the night.
Four Rangers found double figures as D’Shanna Butler scored 20 points, including half of those on free throws. Danielle Stebens scored 12 points and Leandra Johnson and Annalena Farias both finished with 10 points. Butler, Stebens and Autumn Klugh hit two-threes each, while Kelli Krows added one from beyond the arc.
Oklahoma Christian shot 40 percent on the night and was spurred by Hillary Duncan’s 18 points and Brittney Kennedy’s 10 points.
Northwestern hit the boards hard, taking down 40 rebounds compared to 27 Eagle boards.
The Lady Rangers (9-11, 4-10) play their second game of the week on Thursday, Feb. 5 at Siloam Springs against John Brown. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
Tue, February 3, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt