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By Eric Scott
NWOSU Sports 

King moves up scoring list; Lady rangers continue postseason push with win

 

February 24, 2019



ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s basketball continued to improve its standing in the Great American Conference Tournament hunt Thursday as the Lady Rangers battled hard to a 71-60 win over Ouachita Baptist at home.

After GAC play Thursday night, the Lady Rangers are sitting with a two-game advantage over Oklahoma Baptist for the final tournament spot with three-games to go. However, Northwestern could also be playing for a better seed as they are only one-game behind Arkansas Tech for the seventh seed.

Northwestern is now 11-15 overall and 8-11 in the GAC. One more regular season win will tie the most wins by a Lady Ranger team against GAC opponents.

Following a record breaking performance last Saturday against Southeastern, Bailey Brown continued to show why she is solidifying herself as one of the top post players in the league as she added another double-double to her resume against the Lady Tigers. Brown finished the game with 17 points and 11 rebounds for her sixth double-double and third in four games.

Kalea King kept in step with Brown as the team’s leading scorers with 17 points Thursday night, giving her 1,075 points in her career to pass Kayla Landreth (1981-85) for ninth all-time at Northwestern.

McKenzie Billy hit four three-point baskets to finish in double-figures with 12 points. Jakeria Otey and Kenzie Lamer each had eight points in the game.

Despite the final score, the Lady Rangers had to overcome shooting struggles in the contest. Trailing by one heading into the second half, Northwestern used a strong third quarter to separate themselves from the visiting Lady Tigers.

Northwestern went on a run in the third stanza, using a 14-2 to open up an eight-point lead with 2:54 remaining in the third quarter. After Ouachita answered a Brown layup, he quickly knocked down a three to start the charge.

At the 5:49 mark of the quarter, Jakeria Otey gave the Lady Rangers the lead with a jumper, and after Deja Beechum took the ball away on the ensuing possession, Otey found Billy in the corner for three to make it 41-37 Lady Rangers.

Ouachita did their best to stop the bleeding with an offensive rebound and putback by Jakya Clay, but Lamer answered on the Northwestern end of the floor with one of her two threes.

The Lady Rangers continued to stretch its lead as the game moved into the fourth quarter. After a technical was assessed to the Ouachita coach during the break between quarter, Brown hit the two free shots before any time ran off the clock in the fourth. Less than a minute later, Billy drained a three to give the home team an 11-point lead.

Northwestern would eventually take a 15-point lead midway through the quarter to put themselves in the driver’s seat for the victory.

Many times in basketball, the story lies in the supplemental stat categories. That held true Thursday evening with the Rangers bench taking advantage of their time on the floor as they outscored the Lady Tiger bench 32-5. Northwestern also picked up 19 second chance points in the game.

 

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