SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A 10-4 run broke a 10-all tie here Wednesday and Drury never trailed from that point, handing Northeastern State its second consecutive loss, 65-57.
The 10-4 run gave Drury (4-1) a 20-14 advantage midway through the opening half. It pushed that lead out to 34-22 with 3:36 remaining, but the RiverHawks scored the last three points of the half to trail 34-25 at intermission.
NSU (3-3) got within six after nailing two triples to start the second half, but the Lady Panthers held the road side at bay and pushed its lead back to double digits with a 6-0 run.
The RiverHawks got to within 10 points on four separate occasions but could not get back under double digits until senior forward Sarah Green made a layup with 2:37 to play.
Taylor Lewis drained a 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 57-53, but the RiverHawks would get no closer, dropping back-to-back games for the first time since falling in the 2008-09 finale and opening 2009-10 with a setback.
Tosha Tyler led Northeastern State with 17 points. Lewis, a fellow senior guard, added 14 on 5-of-9 shooting. For Drury, Katie Pritchard dropped 18 points and dished out six assists. Bethanie Funderburk contributed 11 points and eight rebounds.
The RiverHawks will return home for just the second time this season when the team plays host to No. 20 Emporia State at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5.
No. 18 OSU 90, Texas State 55
STILLWATER — Toni Young scored 24 points and pulled down 19 rebounds and No. 18 Oklahoma State pulled away in the second half for a rout of Texas State.
Liz Donohoe scored 22 points and had six rebounds. Tiffany Bias added 12 points and five steals. Kendra Suttles had 10 points.
Texas State was hot early and led with 6 minutes to go in the first half. Oklahoma State (5-0) then went on an 18-6 run and led 38-31 at halftime.
Erin Peoples and Ashley Ezeh had 16 points apiece for Texas State (3-2).