SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women's basketball team lost a 13-point second half lead and was beaten at the buzzer by John Brown 67-65 on Saturday afternoon.
Lauren Rogers drove to the paint, pulled up and hit the shot at the buzzer to finish off the comeback for the Lady Golden Eagles.
Rogers' shot spoiled an opportunity to put a real hammer lock on a Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament berth as the Lady Rangers (12-11, 9-9 SAC) could have built a four-game lead over the tenth place Lady Golden Eagles. The Lady Rangers now sit two games ahead of John Brown and 1.5 games ahead of ninth place Wayland Baptist.
NWOSU was able to build a double-digit lead with the strong performance of Renee Golliday. Golliday scored a game-high 19 points and added seven rebounds. Her bucket with 6:41 remaining in the second half put the Lady Rangers up 10 but the Lady Golden Eagles finished the game on a 19-7 run to stun NWOSU.
LaParis Newsom's basket gave the Lady Rangers a six-point lead with 2:39 remaining but NWOSU managed just one field goal the remainder of the way. She finished with 12 points.
The Lady Rangers finished the first half with a six-point lead after ending the half on a 9-0 run on threes by Mandy Norman, Audrey Richmond and Autumn Klugh.
Richmond finished with 11 while Klugh finished with six. Klugh is seven points away from 1000 for her career.
She will get an opportunity to break the mark during Thursday's final home game of the season for the Lady Rangers. NWOSU will take on Southern Nazarene with the game scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.
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Sat, February 11, 2012
by Allan Scarabello