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By Eric Scott
NWOSU Sports 

Jones breaks school, GAC assist mark

Lady Ranger rewrites history in 92-56 win over SAU


January 4, 2019

Trey Lunn

Jade Jones sets a Great American Conference record and Northwestern record as she tallies 15 assists in the game versus Southern Arkansas University Thursday night.

ALVA, Okla. – Senior point guard Jade Jones set the Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Great American Conference single game assists record in a 92-56 blowout victory over Southern Arkansas in women’s basketball action Thursday night inside Percefull Fieldhouse.

Northwestern improved its record to 5-7 overall and 2-3 in GAC play, while Southern Arkansas is now 1-10 and winless in five league games. The Lady Rangers will be back in action at home Saturday afternoon when they take on Arkansas-Monticello at 1 p.m.

In the fourth quarter on Thursday, Jones kicked the ball out to freshman guard Kenzi Lamer in the right corner who knocked down her seventh three of the game in transition. The made basket gave Jones assist number 15 set the new single game records.

The previous Northwestern record was 12 assists in a game, twice done by Cindy Garrett in 1987, as well as a 12 assist performance by Vernetta Begay in 1991 against Newman (Kansas). There have been multiple 14 assist games in GAC history, including two this season by Oklahoma Baptist’s Autumn Avina.

Lamer’s seventh three-point basket also etched her name in Lady Ranger history as the seventh player to hit seven in a ballgame to tie her for the second most. Begay holds the three-point field goals made record with eight in a game in 1993.

The 92 points scored by the Lady Rangers was the most since they put up 91 in a victory over Oklahoma Baptist on Jan. 13 of last season, and 32 points was the largest margin of victory by a Lady Ranger team since a 36-point win over OBU in 2012.

Lamer was outstanding using her seven three pointers to set a new career high with 23 points. Jakeria Otey finished with 22 points and recorded six steals in the game and Bailey Brown had got back on track with a 20-point performance.

Trey Lunn

Kenzi Lamer gets hot from the 3-point line for the Lady Rangers in a win Thursday night versus Southern Arkansas.

Efficiency was all over the stat sheet at the conclusion of the victory with the Lady Rangers shooting 58.7-percent from the field, third best single game team shooting night in program history, while the 14 three pointers made was fifth best game ever for the Lady Rangers.

Other scorers contributing in the victory was Presley Payahsape with 11 points, Jones finished with five, McKenzie Billy knocked down a three-pointer and Kalea King had two points to go along with five steals and three assists. Selena McDonald saw her first action of the season and had two points and three rebounds, while Bailey Forell and Sami Williams each added two.

The Lady Muleriders actually scored more points in the final 10 minutes then they didn’t the first three quarters combined. Entering the third quarter, the visitors had tallied 25 points, before putting up 31 points in the fourth quarter with the help of six three-pointers.


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