ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women's basketball team jumped out to a big lead late in the first half and held off a University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma rally in the second half to win 80-64.
The Drovers were able to stay close for the opening 10 minutes, but a 9-0 run fueled by four points from Ronita Coleman and a triple by Autumn Klugh gave the Rangers (7-5, 4-3 Sooner Athletic Conference) a lead it would never relinquish. Consecutive baskets by Renee Golliday extended the lead to 11 with just a few minutes remaining in the half.
Head coach Stephanie Shaw's team closed the half strong outscoring USAO 9-3 to end the half. Four of those points came from two baskets, including one at the buzzer, by Talythia Williams. The basket gave NWOSU a commanding 16-point lead.
Five minutes in to the second half Coleman hit a jumper to give the Lady Rangers their biggest lead of the game at 19.
A 5-0 run cut the lead down to nine, but five straight points by Titania Simmons, who scored a team-high 18, boosted the lead up to 15 points and NWOSU cruised from there. The Lady Rangers held a double-digit lead for the final 12 minutes of the game.
Klugh, Golliday and Audrey Richmond each scored 12 points for the Lady Rangers. Golliday added a team-high 12 rebounds.
The Lady Rangers will return to action on Saturday at 3 p.m. to take on Southern Nazarene in Bethany.
Be sure to either listen to KALV or watch the Rangers live here.
Also, the Rangers will have live updates via Twitter and Facebook. NWOSU's Twitter handle is NWOSUAthletics and the Facebook page is also NWOSUAthletics.
Fri, January 6, 2012
by Eric Scott