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Ashley JohnsonALVA, Okla. – Northwestern lost a 17-3 lead to give Mid-America Christian its first conference win of the season at Percefull Fieldhouse on Thursday, Jan. 8 as the Lady Evangels snuck away with a 54-49 win.


Northwestern rolled to a 17-3 advantage with 11:35 left in the first half and held Mid-America Christian scoreless for over four minutes, before the Lady Evangels came back and pulled within five points, 25-20, going into the break.


The Lady Rangers held the advantage until the Lady Evangels tied the game at 31-31 at the 12:59 mark in the second half. The game went back and forth until it was again knotted at 45-45 with three minutes left and then two more ties, 47-47 and 49-49, were had, until MACU scored the final five points.


Northwestern’s three-point shooting lacked for the second straight game, as the Lady Rangers hit just one in 14 attempts. On the afternoon, the Lady Rangers shot 31 percent.


Annalena Farias led the scoring for the second consecutive game with 21 points and nine boards. Only five Lady Rangers contributed to the scoring as D’Shanna Butler added 13, including seven free  throws and nine rebounds. Emily Gilbert scored eight points, while Claudia Vazquez and Autumn Klugh added four and three points, respectively.


Northwestern led in rebounds, 45-37, and both teams were guilty of 15 turnovers. Mid-America Christian got 26 points off its bench as the Northwestern bench contributed just four points.


Northwestern (7-5, 2-4) ends the week with a 6 p.m. game against Oklahoma City at Percefull Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 10.