WEATHERFORD, Okla. (11-12-11) – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Lady Rangers held off Lone Star Conference member West Texas A&M in an exhibition contest on Saturday afternoon in Weatherford, taking down the Lady Buffs, 81-78.
The game was a part of the Southwestern Oklahoma State Classic.
The two teams went into the halftime break with the score tied at 35. However, right out of the gate in the second stanza Northwestern took the lead on a three-pointer by senior Autumn Klugh.
Eventually, Northwestern built the lead up to 16 on a full court push that ended with a layup by Macy Gibson with 11:03 remaining in the game.
The Lady Buffs wouldn’t back down. They gradually began chipping away at Northwestern’s lead, cutting it to within three points with 29-seconds to go.
Klugh, who was clutch all game long, hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 29-seconds to seal the game for the Lady Rangers. The Ft. Cobb, Okla., native finished with a game high 21 points.
The Lady Rangers had three other players finish in double figures as Audrey Richmond finished with 12, and Renee Golliday and Ronita Coleman each added 10. Coleman was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.
In the four regular season games this year, Richmond has averaged 15 points a contest, while Klugh is averaging nearly 10 points a game.
Northwestern continues to shoot well as a team from the free throw line, converting on 22-of-27 shots for 81.5-percent against the Lady Buffs.
On Monday (Nov. 14), the Lady Rangers take to the court on the road as they travel to Wichita to face Friends (Kan.) at 6 p.m. Northwestern has beaten Friends in the prior three contest, last falling to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference member in 2007.
Sat, November 12, 2011
by Eric Scott