Perimeter game hurts Lady Rangers in loss to rival Southwestern

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Perimeter game hurts Lady Rangers in loss to rival Southwestern


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ALVA, Okla. (11-7-11) — A rivalry was renewed on Tuesday evening as the Northwestern Oklahoma State University women took to the court in Weatherford at Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Unfortunately, in the most recent installment of the long time rivalry, Southwestern got the best of the up-and-coming Lady Ranger squad, 83-63.

Tuesday’s contest was just the first of three games the Lady Rangers will play in at Southwestern this week as they take part in a classic in Weatherford. On Friday, the Lady Rangers (2-1) will take on Southwest Baptist (Mo.) at 12:30 p.m., followed by an exhibition contest versus West Texas A&M on Saturday at 12:30 as well.

The Lady Rangers started the game playing the home team strong, holding a one-point lead five minutes into the contest. However, the Bulldogs used several three-pointers within a 23-4 run over the next seven minutes to open up a 15 point lead.

Northwestern settled down, only allowing Southwestern to outscore them by four the rest of the way through the contest.

Three-point shooting proved to be the difference in the contest as the Lady Rangers were only able to knock down one from behind the arc, while Southwestern sank 10.

Every Lady Ranger seeing playing time in the contest came down with a rebound, helping them to a 43-to-41 rebounding advantage in the loss. They also converted from the line, missing just three out of 24 attempts.

Two Northwestern women finished in double figures as Audrey Richmond does it in her third straight game with 14 and LaParis Newsom figured in 11. Richmond was also the team leader in rebounds with six, while Titania Simmons and Ronita Coleman each pulled in five.