ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Lady Rangers evened its overall record to 1-1 on the season after a 19-point home opening victory over Tabor College (Kan.) on Thursday night. Northwestern held the Lady Bluejays to 32 percent shooting on the night, while shooting 45 percent, in the 90-71 victory.
After going through three ties in the first half, the Lady Rangers pulled ahead by a seven point margin, twice, but Tabor closed in on Northwestern, trailing 37-34.
Northwestern came out of the break on a 8-1 run, after Claudia Vazquez hit back-to-back field goals and D’Shanna Butler hit both free throws.
Tabor would only dip into the double figure lead twice over the next three minutes.
The Lady Rangers pulled away by as many as 22 points, leading 73-51 with 5:46 remaining. Tabor spurred a 15-2 run that closed the gap to 75-66 with 3:41 left in the game.
Northwestern closed out the half holding Tabor to just three points until the buzzer sounded.
Despite shooting 45 percent from the floor, Northwestern was only 5-of-20 from three-point land. Tabor shot a dismal 32 percent on the night, while hitting 7-of-26 three’s.
In a game full of fouls and free throws, Northwestern hit 27-of-45 from the free throw line off of 35 Tabor fouls and the Lady Bluejays were 26-of-39 from the charity stripe after 27 NWOSU fouls.
Starters Butler and Autumn Klugh combined for 35 points, as Butler scored 20 points and ripped down eight boards along with six assists. Annalena Farias led the way with 10 rebounds, while Klugh had nine. The Lady Rangers got good production off of their bench, scoring 41 points, and being led by Ashley Johnson’s nine points and eight points from Emily Gilbert, and Annalena Farias.
The Lady Rangers will play Saturday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. against Bethany College (Kan.) at Percefull Fieldhouse after the Northwestern/Champs Basketball Classic, which will host games at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. prior to the women’s tip-off.
Fri, November 7, 2008
by Ryan Hintergardt