OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.- After opening up a 17-point first half lead the Northwestern Oklahoma State University women's basketball team struggled to a 59-53 overtime victory against Mid-America Christian Unviversity on Thursday evening.
Titania Simmons scored the first basket of the overtime with 3:50 remaining off of an Autumn Klugh missed three. The game went back and forth until Talytha Williams found Audrey Richmond to give the Lady Rangers the lead with 1:25 to go. Klugh found Richmond in the paint. She converted with 55 seconds to go giving the Lady Rangers a three-point lead. On the ensuing possession, Klugh was fouled and nailed both free throws with under 30 seconds to go sealing the deal for the Lady Rangers (10-8, 7-6 Sooner Athletic Conference).
It took a monster effort from the Lady Evangels to send the game to overtime as NWOSU squandered a big lead in the second half after being up 17 points at one point in the first half.
A three by Brooklyn Bell with 1:25 to go knotted the game at 46. Titania Simmons recorded a huge block as Klugh secured the loose ball and was hammered. The senior nailed both free throws to take a two-point lead with 50 seconds remaining in the half. A bucket by Parris Price tied the game at 48 with 27 seconds left. The Lady Rangers were unable to convert on the offensive end sending the game to overtime.
Earlier in the half, with the game within two points, Richmond found Renee Golliday cutting to the basket to give the Lady Rangers a four-point lead and a much-needed basket. The layup led to a 6-0 run for the Lady Rangers. The other four points came on free throws, two of which came after a technical foul on the MACU bench.
A three-pointer put the Lady Evangels within three at 46-43 with just over four minutes remaining. The Lady Rangers scored just two points in the remaining four minutes of regulation.
The Lady Rangers managed just two points in the first six minutes of the second half and their lead evaporated from 11 to one. NWOSU turned the ball over 10 times in the first eight minutes of the half allowing the Lady Evangels back in the game.
The Lady Rangers were in control for the vast majority of the first half opening up a 17-point lead 10 minutes in to the game.
Klugh led the Lady rangers with 18 points while Simmons had 12 rebounds.
Thu, January 26, 2012
by Allan Scarabello