ALVA, Okla - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women's basketball team gave No. 2 Oklahoma City University all it could handle but fell just short 70-69 on Hall of Fame induction Saturday at the Percefull Fieldhouse.
Talytha Williams scored with just over 30 seconds remaining to give NWOSU a 69-68 lead but Dietra Caldwell's layup with 4.6 seconds remaining proved to be the dagger to the Lady Rangers which made a stunning comeback from as many as 14 points down.
The Lady Rangers (10-9, 7-7 Sooner Athletic Conference) hung in the game against an excellent Oklahoma City team before finally making their run with about 5:30 left in the game. The Lady Stars led by nine when the Rangers went on a 10-0 over the next three minutes.
LaParis Newsom's layup got things started. Autumn Klugh followed that with a triple, one of three she hit in the game. Newsom, who scored a team-high 15 points, did it again on the team's next possession. She weaved her way to the basket, scored and was fouled. She made good on the free throw to get the Lady Rangers within one.
With 2:40 to go, Titania Simmons found Renee Golliday streaking to the basket and Golliday converted setting the crowd in to a roar as the Rangers took their first lead of the second half.
The Lady Rangers didn't play as well in the first half shooting just 33 percent and falling down nine points.
Klugh and Williams each added 13 points to round out NWOSU's double-digit scorers while Audrey Richmond led the squad with eight rebounds.
At the conclusion of the game, Al Hunt, Marlena Johnson, Lynn Scott and Slade Young were all inducted in to the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Head coach Stephanie Shaw and her staff all took part in the NAIA's Coaches vs. Cancer promotion by wearing suits with sneakers.
The Lady Rangers will stay at home and play Lubbock Christian at 6 p.m. next Thursday. Today's game was the first of four consecutive home games for the Lady Rangers.
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Sat, January 28, 2012
by Allan Scarabello