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Autumn KlughSILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. - The Northwestern Lady Rangers and John Brown Lady Golden Eagles broke a tie for ninth in the Sooner Athletic Conference, as John Brown took over sole possession with a 62-53 win in Siloam Springs, Ark.


D’Shanna Butler came out of the gates hot, scoring the first nine points for the Rangers. With a John Brown lead of 15-9, Danielle Stebens tied the game at 15-15, with back-to-back three’s.


The Lady Golden Eagles edged their lead to seven points, before Ashley Taylor and Micaela Cully ended the half with consecutive, old-fashioned three-point plays to hold a 33-21 first half advantage.


Northwestern went on a stretch of making eight of 11 points from the free throw line and brought the Rangers to a 10-point, 48-38 deficit.


D’Shanna Butler moved up two spots in the 1,000 Point Club to eighth place, leading the Lady Rangers with a double-double of 14 point and 12 boards, nine of which were defensive rebounds. Autumn Klugh and Danielle Stebens both hit a pair of three-point buckets and finished each with 10 points.


Collectively, Northwestern finished the night shooting 31 percent from the floor and was 7-of-28 from three-point range.


John Brown scored 17 points off of turnovers and shot 39 percent. Ashley Taylor was the Lady Golden Eagles force, scoring 17 points and recording 11 rebounds.


Turnovers plagued both teams, as both teams combined for 38 total turnovers. Northwestern had two more than JBU.


The Lady Rangers (9-12, 4-11) will end their three-game week at home with a 6 p.m. game against Rogers State.