WEATHERFORD, Okla. (11-11-11) — It was a game of runs during Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s basketball game on Friday afternoon as a comeback bid feel short against Southwest Baptist (Mo.), 65-57.
After the Lady Rangers battled back with a 10-1 run to end the first half, cutting the Southwest Baptist lead to 32-27 at the break, the Lady Rangers came out of the locker room cold.
Through the first 10 minutes of the second, Northwestern allowed the opponents to quickly jump back up to an 18-point advantage, 50-32, with 9:20 to go in the contest.
However, just as they have been during the early contests this season, the Lady Rangers never quit fighting. The initial second half run was stopped in its tracks by a Mandy Norman three-point basket.
From that point, the Lady Rangers rattled off a run of their own, outscoring the squad from Missouri 19-to-6. With 1:21 remaining in the contest, Norman snagged a rebound on the defensive end of the court, quickly getting it to senior Autumn Klugh for a three-pointer to cut the lead to five.
Unfortunately for the Lady Rangers, Southwest Baptist was clutch from the free throw line down the stretch, converting 7-of-8 from the line to clinch the victory.
Taylytha Williams and Klugh were the leading scorers in the game for the Lady Rangers, finishing with 16 and 13 points respectively, with nine from Klugh’s coming from long range.
Northwestern struggled from the floor, missing several timely layups, making just 21-of-63 shots.
The defense, however, played as well as needed for a potential victory; forcing Southwest Baptist to give away the ball 29 times, including a total of 13 steals. Klugh led Northwestern with four steals, while Macy Gibson and LaParis Newsom each had two.
Up next for the Lady Rangers (2-2) is an exhibition contest on the second day of the Southwestern Oklahoma State Classic against West Texas A&M. Tipoff from the SWOSU campus in Weatherford is set for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Fri, November 11, 2011
by Eric Scott