BALDWIN CITY, Kan. (11-4-11) – The Stephanie Shaw era began in a positive fashion on Friday night as the Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s basketball team rolled over Baker (Kan.) on the road, 80-65.
The two squads faced off in a classic hosted by Baker. The Lady Rangers will take on Mid-America Nazarene (Kan.) on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. from Baldwin City, Kan., while the tournament host will take on No. 24 Rogers State at 3.
Both the Lady Rangers and the Wildcats struggled through the first several minutes of play. However, the visitors began to get separation early, turning missed opportunities into points, helping the Lady Rangers to a 24-8 lead mid-way through the first half.
When the first 20 minutes of the ballgame was complete, the Lady Rangers went into the locker room with an 18-point lead over the home team, 38-20.
Throughout the entire contest, shot selection was a plus for the Lady Rangers. A team that shot nearly 18 three-pointers a contest last season, Northwestern only settled for nine from behind the arc in the victory over the Wildcats.
Despite cooling off a little late in the second half, the Lady Rangers finished the contest shooting 47-percent from the field, while the Wildcats shot just below 31-percent. Baker had trouble finding the basket in the first half, only hitting 8-of-34 shots.
The Lady Rangers had four players finish in double figures with Audrey Richmond leading the way with 19 points, while Renee Golliday had 16, Taylytha Williams finished with 15 and Ronita Coleman added 11.
Of the 21 Baker turnovers, the Lady Rangers recorded 14 steals, including three each by Williams and Autumn Klugh.
Friday’s victory marked the third straight time the Lady Rangers have opened their regular season schedule with a victory.
Sat, November 5, 2011
by Eric Scott