LANGSTON, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Lady Ranger basketball team began the 2008-09 season with a tough two-point loss over in-state rival Langston, falling 64-62 on the road on Tuesday.
True Freshman Autumn Klugh led Northwestern with 15 points and seven boards as D’Shanna Butler wasn’t far behind with 14 points and eight boards.
After leading by as much as eight points in the first half, Northwestern came back and cut the lead to a 31-30 deficit.
In the second half, LU held its biggest lead of the game, 57-47, with 6:04 left. Northwestern shaved a seven point deficit with 1:30 left after an Emily Gilbert free throw and a pair of buckets by Ashley Johnson, the last with 15 seconds left, to pull to 64-62.
The Lady Rangers were forced to foul with five seconds remaining. After Langston missed both ends of a double bonus free throw, the Lady Rangers desperation three-pointer failed.
As a team, Northwestern hit 34 percent from the floor and was 2-of-10 from beyond the arc. The Lady Rangers hit 8-of-12 from the free throw line, while Langston converted on 16-of-24 free throws stemming from 28 Ranger fouls.
Northwestern (0-1) will play its home opener against Tabor College (Kan.) on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Percefull Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.
Wed, November 5, 2008
by Ryan Hintergardt