NSU 57, Mo. Western 42
TAHLEQUAH — The RiverHawks (5-5, 2-1 MIAA) needed career highs from two freshmen in order to get the job done, but they were able to crank up the defense late and get past the Griffons (4-4, 0-2).
Redshirt freshman Courtney Cowan led NSU with 14 points. She was only 2-for-7 from the field, but she made 8 of 12 from the free-throw line. True freshman Mya Walker added 12 points, and both players chipped in five rebounds.
“It’s good to see. Those were kids that when we recruited them we thought scoring was something they gave us,” said NSU coach Randy Gipson. “They’re players that can put the ball in the basket. They’re starting to understand the game and the intensity that’s required to play at this level. We started Courtney tonight because we’ve seen the some things in the last week and a half in practice.
“We’ve seen some progress being made, and she demonstrated that she can play at this level and she is only going to get better. This was also a breakout game for Mya as well. That was clearly her best college game. She made some big contributions for us tonight. That’s encouraging to see. We found a way to win, and now we get ready for the next one.”
Quenisha Lockett posted a double-double with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. She was all on her own, however, as no other member of the team had more than six points.
NSU hosts No. 8 Central Missouri on Saturday in a 1:30 p.m. tipoff.
OSU 63, Michigan St. 57
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Tiffany Bias hit all of her free throws in the final seconds and No. 13 Oklahoma State held off Michigan State to win 63-57 on Thursday in the Puerto Rico Classic.
Michigan State called a timeout with 43 seconds remaining after trailing 57-54. The Spartans grabbed their own rebound, but turned the ball over after being called for travelling. Bias shot 4 of 4 from the free throw line in the remaining seconds, and Oklahoma State (9-0) clinched the win after rallying back from a five-point deficit (42-37) with 11:05 to play.
The Spartans (6-5) led by three points at the half after holding Oklahoma State to just 24.2 percent shooting. Oklahoma State went 13 minutes without a field goal before going on a 7-0 run with 3:57 left before the break.
Michigan State will face Georgetown on Friday and Oklahoma State will play Georgia Tech on Saturday.