SHAWNEE, Okla. (12-1-11) – Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s basketball team jumped out to a big first half lead, only to see it disappear quickly, falling to Oklahoma Baptist, 86-76.
The Lady Bison began the game with a bucket on the first possession, but the Lady Rangers answered, scoring the next nine points. Six of the first eight points from Northwestern came off Lady Bison turnovers.
With the lead at 11-7 at the 15 minute mark of the first half, Autumn Klugh stepped behind the three-point line for a basket. Klugh inched her way closer to the career three-pointers made, needing just seven more to tie Stephani Bontrager (1989-93) with 188 after tonight.
As the game got to the mid-way point in the first half, the Lady Rangers were turning Lady Bison turnovers into points, holding the lead at 21-8 after a pair of free throws from last week’s Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Talytha Williams.
Unfortunately, the Lady Bison got hot from outside, hitting a barrage of shots from behind the arc to out score the Lady Rangers by 31 in the final ten minutes of the half. Oklahoma Baptist led the game at the break, 39-28.
Down by as many as 12 at one point in the second half, the Lady Rangers began to chip away at a 10-point lead with 13 minutes remaining.
Looking up at the Lady Bison with just under 10 minutes to go, Klugh coverted a couple of free throws, followed by Audrey Richmond layup to cut the lead to just one. On the ensuing possession, Klugh stole the ball from a Lady Bison guard, taking the rock to the hole for a layup and the lead.
Richmond finished with a game high 22 points. She was entering the game with the sixth best scoring average in the conference at 15.2 a game.
The two teams traded free throws, with the lead changing one more time, before the Lady Bison regained the lead with 7:58 to go and never looked back.
The story of the game was the three-point shooting of the Lady Bison. One of the best teams from outside in the SAC this season, they continued the trend by knocking down 11 from long range.
Northwestern controlled the game in nearly every other category, including shooting 48.3 percent from the field to the Lady Bison’s 40.3, and winning the turnover battle, 31-to-25. The Lady Rangers stole 18 passes in the contest.
Williams followed up her 26 points in the conference opener on Nov. 21, with 17 against the Lady Bison, while Renee Golliday finished with 15.
The Lady Rangers have a quick turnaround as they take on St. Gregory’s at home on Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m, before closing out their fall portion of their schedule on the road at Oklahoma Christian on Monday.
Thu, December 1, 2011
by Eric Scott