ALVA, Okla. (12-3-11) — Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s basketball team put together a 27 point come back late in the game, but it wasn’t enough as they fall to St. Gregory’s, 78-74.
The Lady Rangers offense struggled in the first 27 minutes of the game, but Autumn Klugh and company came alive from outside in the big comeback.
Down 53-26, reigning Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Week Talytha Williams converted on a short basket inside the paint. Less than a minute later, Klugh knocked down a three.
Following a few couple free throws by St. Gregory’s, Klugh came down and her second consecutive three to cut the lead to 55-34. Over the next five minutes, the Lady Rangers rattled off a 17-5 run, stopped by a basket in the lane from the Lady Cavs Leticia Silva.
Klugh hit six three-pointers in the contest, giving her 187 for her career. She now needs just two more to break the Northwestern career record, currently held by Stephani Bontrager.
Klugh finished with 22 points.
Richmond, who finished with 22 points, nailed a three-point basket from the wing and a steal and a layup by Williams cut the St. Gregory’s lead to single digits. However, the visiting team answered to extend the lead back to 13.
That was then answered by another four straight points by Richmond on a layup, assisted by Williams, and a couple of free throws to cut the lead to nine yet again.
With a little more than four minutes remaining, and the Lady Cavs leading 65-55, the Lady Rangers put together another run, this time 14-4, cutting the lead to just one. Klugh began the run with another big basket from behind the arc, followed by a Richmond layup of turnover.
Another two points by the Lady Cavs was answered again with a bucket in the paint and free throw courtesy of Richmond, and a big three by Klugh to make it 69-68.
The two squads then began to trade baskets, with the Lady Rangers having one last opportunity, down by just two. Unfortunately, Klugh’s final shot was blocked by Jalisa Howard. Howard took the ball the distance to put the final spread at four.
Northwestern’s defense pressure frustrated the Lady Cavs all contest long, forcing them to turn the ball over 30 times, 18 of which were steals by the Lady Rangers. Richmond and LaParis Newsom each had four steals, and Mandy Norman and Rachel Wilczek added three each.
Despite doing well on defense, the Lady Rangers had trouble on the glass. The Lady Cavs doubled up the home team, pulling down 48 rebounds to the Lady Rangers 24.
Northwestern (4-4, 1-2) has an opportunity to go into Christmas break on top as they hit the court again on Monday at Oklahoma Christian. The Lady Rangers topped the Lady Eagles in their first meeting on Nov. 21, 89-69.
Sat, December 3, 2011
by Eric Scott