BETHANY, Okla - A furious rally by Southern Nazarene during the final two minutes negated a second-half comeback by the Lady Rangers as the Northwestern Oklahoma State women's basketball team fell to the Crimson Storm 64-63 in the Sawyer Center on Saturday afternoon.
Marsha Durr's three-pointer with five seconds left proved to be a dagger to the heart of the Lady Rangers (7-6, 4-4 Sooner Athletic Conference). The shot gave SNU a one-point lead and the Rangers couldn't make anything happen in the final seconds.
The Lady Rangers trailed for the majority of the game, but caught fire with just over five minutes to go. Trailing 57-52, the Lady Rangers went on a run. Audrey Richmond scored three of her team-high 17 points on a triple that cut the SNU lead to two points. After a layup by SNU extended the lead to four, Richmond did it again nailing another three to cut the lead to 59-58 with four minutes remaining.
The teams went scoreless for over two minutes before Autumn Klugh found Renee Golliday for a layup giving NWOSU its first lead since the first two minutes of the game. LaParis Newsom converted on a three-point play with 1:20 to go to put the Lady Rangers up four. The score remained the same until the clock said 23 seconds. Oumoul Thiam scored to cut the lead to two.
Perhaps the biggest play of the game came next on a NWOSU turnover. Following the miscue,the Crimson Storm's Logan Martin found Durr for a three after an offensive rebound giving the Crimson Storm a one-point lead with five seconds to go.
The Lady Rangers could not get a shot off in the final seconds taking a very tough loss.
In the first half, it wasn't evident whether NWOSU could make the comeback as they were consistently behind four to seven points all half.
NWOSU was able to hang around thanks to Richmond's nine first-half points. Klugh found Coleman by the basket to put the Lady Rangers within two at 28-26, but SNU finished the half on a 6-2 run with the last basket coming at the buzzer from Annie Kassongo.
Golliday finished with a double-double grabbing 12 rebounds while scoring 10 points. Newsom added 13 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Lady Rangers.
The Lady Rangers will return home to Percefull Arena for a 6 p.m. Thursday game against John Brown.
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Sat, January 7, 2012
by Eric Scott