BALDWIN CITY, Kan. (11-5-11) – Audrey Richmond finished with 19 points in the second straight game as the Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s basketball team dropped MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), 64-59, in the second day of the Baker Classic.
Richmond’s pair of 19-point performances was the second best scoring output of the tournament behind Alisha Fanshier of Baker. Just as the Lady Rangers finished 2-0 on the weekend, so did No. 24 Rogers State, while both Baker and MidAmerica Nazarene were winless.
Before taking over the lead late in the ball game, the Lady Rangers led the contest once before with 9:35 remaining in the first after a bucket in the paint by LaParis Newsom. Eventually, MidAmerica Nazarene would stretch their lead to 32-25 at the break.
On several occasions during the first eight minutes of the second half, the Lady Rangers found themselves looking up at a nine point deficit on the scoreboard. However, fighting and clawing their way back, a pair of Richmond free throws with 11:35 cut the lead to one.
Over the next several minutes, both teams traded baskets before the Lady Rangers were finally able to tip the scales back in their favor at 51-50 with 6:01 remaining after a pair of baskets by Taylytha Williams and Ronita Coleman bucket and free throw.
Williams was one of three other Lady Rangers in double figures with 10 points, while Autumn Klugh had 12 and Newsom had 10. Coleman finished with eight points.
Two lead changes later, the Lady Rangers tied the game at 59 as Richmond knocked down two more from the line, taking the for lead good as she knocked down another shot in the paint with 1:46 remaining.
All afternoon long, Northwestern attacked the glass from all over the floor as all but one Lady Ranger who saw the floor recorded at least one rebound. Klugh led the way on the boards from the guard positions with nine and Coleman added eight.
Northwestern continues their non-conference road schedule on Tuesday as they head to Weatherford to take on longtime rival Southwestern Oklahoma State at 6 p.m.
Sun, November 6, 2011
by Eric Scott