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Lady Rangers bounce back as Lamer sets record


November 17, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. – The Lady Rangers looked to bounce back after losing two consecutive games. In a hard fought battle Northwestern was able to prevail and hold on for a 68-66 victory behind Kenzi Lamer's 32-point performance.

This game was close from the opening tip off. After teams would trade baskets the Lady Rangers opened the lead up to 15-9. However, the Jets would respond with an 11-0 run of their own to close the quarter and take a 20-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. NWOSU came out firing shooting 46.2% in the first quarter. However, NU came out slightly better shooting 66.7% of their own to get the early first quarter lead.

Northwestern's defense stepped up big time to spark a successful second quarter. As they held Newman to a poor 3 of 15 shooting and a total of 8 points. While NWOSU hit four three's in the quarter all coming from sophomore Lamer. After winning the quarter 14-8 the Rangers would go into halftime clingy onto a 29-28 lead.

Tasha Diesselhorst had the perfect halftime adjustments as the Lady Rangers came out firing on all cylinders as offensively shot 64.3% including 3-4 from deep. The Rangers would open their largest lead of the game to that point at 52-42 during the third quarter. The defense held Newman to only 31.3 percent in the quarter. Rangers would win the quarter 23-14 building a 10-point lead going into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter a new record was made by Lamer. At the 6:04 mark she would hit her 10th three pointer of the game which is the new record for the most three's by an individual player in Northwestern history. She also tied the Great American Conference record with 10 which was set in 2016. The three would put the Rangers up 11, but Newman would not go away as they brought the game within six. Bailey Brown would end their run with a layup and a free throw to put the Rangers back up nine 67-58. The Jets would hit back to back three's and a layup making it a 67-66 Ranger lead with 45 seconds to play.

The offenses would go into a standstill, as Newman had a chance to regain the lead but the Ranger defense had other thoughts as the team created a dead ball turnover. Kyleigh Leverich would hit a foul shot extending the final score to 68-66.

The Rangers were led scoring by Lamer and Brown had 32 and 15 respectively. While senior guard Kalea King struggled offensively she was still extremely impactful coming around to get nine rebounds and eight assists along with 2 steals on the defensive end.

The win improves the Rangers to 2-2 on the season, and after a few days off they will get set to take on their next opponent Southern Nazarene to open conference play Thursday night at 5:30.


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