EDMOND, Okla. (12-5-11) – For the first time since joining the Sooner Athletic Conference, the Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s basketball team has pulled off the season sweep of Oklahoma Christian.
The second installment of the season came on the road on Monday evening. Northwestern put together a second half comeback to top the Lady Rangers, 79-76. Northwestern defeated Oklahoma Christian in Alva on Nov. 21, 89-69.
Stephanie Shaw’s team improves their season record to 5-4, evening their conference record 2-2. They now have several weeks off before returning to action at home on Dec. 31 in a conference match up with Mid-America Christian. Tip-off for the conference doubleheader is set for 3 p.m. inside Percefull Fieldhouse.
Not only was the contest a historic night from a team standpoint, senior guard Autumn Klugh enters the Northwestern record as her second three of the game, which put the Lady Rangers up 6-1 with 17:30 to go in the first, giving her the career record for three-point baskets.
Klugh passed the 181 career three-point mark set by Stephani Bontrager (1989-93). A native of Fort Cobb, Okla., Klugh hit three baskets from long range, finishing with 11 points.
As a team on Monday, the Lady Rangers knocked down nine three-point baskets.
After the Lady Rangers early first half lead, the Lady Eagles fought back for a lead of their own. When the two teams entered the locker room at the break, the scoreboard was tilted in favor of the home team, 37-31.
Quickly in the second stanza, Oklahoma Christian senior Katy Clift stepped up from the left wing for a three-pointer, giving the Lady Eagles a nine point lead. However, the Lady Rangers answered with a big run mid-way through the second.
Talytha Williams kicked off a Lady Ranger 11-0 that put them ahead of Oklahoma Christian by four.
Northwestern’s second half comeback was highlighted by the play of Renee Golliday and Audrey Richmond. Golliday led the Lady Rangers with 19, while Richmond finished with her average of 16.
Golliday and Klugh both distributed the ball well in the contest, passing out four assists each, helping Northwestern to a total of 19.
Down the stretch, the free throw shooting came through for Northwestern. With 15 seconds remaining in the game, and the Lady Rangers up just one point, Golliday went to the line and converted a pair of shots from the charity stripe to seal the game.
One of the staples during the early part of the Northwestern schedule is the pressure defense they put on their opponents. Monday evening in Edmond was no different, recording 13 take-aways, forcing the Lady Eagles to turn the ball over 32 times.
Mon, December 5, 2011
by Eric Scott