By Eric Scott
NWOSU Sports 

Lady Rangers fall to ECU at home, 88;80; Brown records fifth double-double

 

February 10, 2019

LEFT: Bailey Brown finishes the lay-up after displaying impressive footwork in the post. RIGHT: Jade Jones knocks down a three point basket in the Saturday afternoon game versus East Centeral University. Photo by Trey Lunn

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University women were unable to overcome a slow start Saturday afternoon as the Lady Rangers' three-game win streak came to an end at the hands of East Central, 88-80.

Northwestern's record moves to 9-14 overall and 6-10 in Great American Conference play with the loss. The Lady Rangers remain in the hunt for the GAC Conference tournament as they are now in a tie with Oklahoma Baptist for the eighth spot.

The Lady Rangers struggled out of the gate in the first quarter, while the Lady Tigers were shooting lights out from long range. The visiting team knocked down seven three-pointers in the first ten minutes of the game to take a 27-10 lead into the second quarter.

With three quarters of the game to go, the Lady Rangers began to battle back as the second quarter got underway. Jade Jones started the second with a three-point basket and Presley Payahsape added a jumper in the paint a couple minutes later.

With five minutes to go in the second, Kalea King converted a pair of free-throws and McKenzie Billy drained a three to cut the Lady Tiger lead to ten. After ECU stretched its lead back out to 14, Jones ended the quarter like she started it by hitting a three to make it 40-29 heading into the break.


Jones tied her season high with 16 points in the game, adding five assists.

Northwestern came out of the locker room in the third ready to make a push. Following a miss on the ECU end of the floor, Jones got a rebound and pushed it up to Bailey Brown for a layup. Payahsape then forced a turnover and was fouled, hitting both free-throws, which was then followed up by a Brown jumper on the next possession.

Brown finished the game with a double-double, including a game high 23 points and 11 rebounds, and she added two blocks. Bailey Forell and Payahsape each finished with nine points, while King and Kenzi Lamer added seven points apiece for the Lady Rangers.

East Central hit a three to answer Brown's jumper before Payahsape had a mini run of her own with a turnaround shot in the paint and a three-pointer with 6:05 to go in the quarter to cut the lead to three.

However, the Lady Tigers quickly answered with an 8-0 run to go back up 53-42 in less than a minute.

The Lady Rangers were still looking up at the Lady Tigers with over a minute to go in the third before Lamer and Jones hit a pair of shots from outside in the final minute to make it a 61-57 ECU advantage heading to the final quarter.

In the fourth, the two teams battled back and forth. Each time the Lady Rangers would make a push, ECU would hit a couple of baskets to stifle any momentum the Lady Rangers could gain.

Northwestern had one last chance later when Forell hit a three from the wing to make it a six-point game. But Tia Williams, who led the Lady Tigers with 23 points, converted a pair of free-throws to seal the victory for the road team.

The Lady Rangers dominated the Lady Tigers underneath on the offensive end as they pulled down 14 rebounds for 17 second chance points. They also forced ECU into 14 turnovers, seven of which were steals.

 

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