ALVA, Okla. (11-21-11) — Northwestern Oklahoma State University women got a career high 26 points from Taylytha Williams as the Lady Rangers stroll to victory in the conference opener against Oklahoma Christian, 89-69.
Williams finished 11-for-16 from the floor, adding 4-of-4 at the line, en route to her final output. Teammate Renee Golliday was also a very efficient 10-of-13 from the field as she finished with 21 points in the win.
As a team, the Lady Rangers’ shot selection was excellent, scoring 68 of their 89 total points inside the paint. Northwestern shot 52.9-percent from the field.
The defense played as well as the offense, forcing a traditionally tough Oklahoma Christian squad to turn the ball over 38 times. The Lady Eagles also struggled from the floor, shooting a little less than 33-percent.
Besides the solid offensive performances by Williams and Golliday, two other Lady Rangers finished in double-figures, including Audrey Richmond with 12 points and Autumn Klugh with 10.
Klugh hit two three-point shots in the victory, the only two of the game for the Lady Rangers, giving her a total of 180 in her career. She is not just eight shy of tying the Northwestern career three-pointers made record, held by Stephani Bontrager (1989-83).
Despite not having the size advantage on the floor, the Lady Rangers outworked the visiting Lady Eagles, outrebounding the conference foe, 47-35.
The fast pace tempo of the Lady Ranger offense caught the Lady Eagles off guard early as the Lady Rangers jumped out quickly to a 12-1 lead. Oklahoma Christian began chipping away at the lead, cutting it to within two with 9 minutes to go in the first half.
But Northwestern quickly rebuilt their lead with eight straight points, all coming inside the paint. With under a minute to go in the half, the Rangers had stretched the lead to 13 points after Ronita Coleman turned a Lady Eagle turnover into two points.
In the second half, the Lady Rangers obtained their largest lead of the evening with 8:57 to go on another Coleman basket, 76-54. The Lady Eagles were never able to cut the 22-point deficit to less than 17 through the final eight minutes.
Northwestern heads into Thanksgiving break with a 4-2 record. They will return the court on Dec. 1 in Shawnee as they travel to face powerhouse Oklahoma Baptist.
Tue, November 22, 2011
by Eric Scott