ALVA, Okla. (12-31-11) – Three Northwestern Oklahoma State University Lady Ranger players finish in double-figures as they roll to a New Year’s Eve conference victory over Mid-America Christian, 77-52.
Talytha Williams started the second half of the Lady Rangers schedule off right, leading all scorers in the contest with 21 points. Junior forward Audrey Richmond reached her average with a 15-point performance, and LaParis Newsom added 14 for Northwestern.
With the game tied at five during the early minutes, the Lady Rangers went on a 16-0 run to the jump out to a 21-5 lead with 12:11 to go in the first half.
The visiting Lady Evangels cut the lead to 10 points with just under seven remaining in the first, but Northwestern again went on a big run, this time 16-3, to close out the half. The Lady Rangers used 48.6 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes to take a 23 point lead into the break, 46-23.
In the second half, both teams started off really slow, with the Lady Rangers missing their first 14 shots of the period. The drought was finally broken by Titania Simmons with a two-point jumper from the right wing.
As both teams remained relatively cold through the next several minutes, the Lady Rangers held a 16 points lead with 3:31 to go. Coming out of a timeout, Northwestern forced three turnovers by way of steals, scoring nine straight points in a span of 40 seconds of game time. The spurt was capped off Newsom three.
The three steals the Lady Rangers got late in the ball game wasn’t anything new as they took the ball away from the Lady Evangels 14 times. MACU totaled 30 turnovers, while Northwestern only gave it up 11 times.
Ball movement for the home team wasn’t a problem either. With Renee Golliday leading the way with seven, the Lady Rangers dished out 20 assists, including five from Newsom and three from Mandy Norman.
Up next for Northwestern (6-4, 3-2) is a trip to state’s capital and a match up with the No. 1 Oklahoma City University Stars on Monday. Originally scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, the game time has been changed, now set to tip off at 3 on the campus of OCU.
Sat, December 31, 2011
by Eric Scott