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February 28, 2013

Shut the doors: RiverHawks close Dobbins with sweep

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Women: NSU 64, UCO 58

Taylor Lewis might have talked about the memories she’s had in the Field House, but she made the last one for the women’s program as her 3-pointer with 27.4 seconds left in the game clinched the victory for the RiverHawks.

“It was just an awesome feeling,” said the Broken Arrow native, who finished with 15 points. “It’s a great way to send off the gym.”

With the win, NSU, improving to 19-7 overall, clinches the third seed in the league with a 14-4 record and gets a bye in the opening round of the March 7-10 conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

“Besides winning the conference championship, that’s the next most important thing,” NSU coach Randy Gipson said. “We put ourselves in position now to really prepare for this tournament. We’re pleased with the position we’ve got ourselves in now.”

Tosha Tyler led NSU with 21 points, making 7 of 12 field goals and 3 of 5 3-pointers.

UCO had an 11-0 scoring run in the first to lead 13-6 and was up 29-27 at the half.

NSU took its first lead of the second half on Fontana Tate’s 3-pointer with 14:34 left. UCO, though, a 56-55 lead with 3:59 left on Alyssa Fuxa’s basket.

Tyler’s basket with 3:44 left gave NSU the lead for good at 57-56 and NSU held on for the victory.

“This is a Bedlam game, of sorts, for us in our league,” Gipson said. “We knew they would come in and give a stout effort. I’m proud of our team as we made plays down the stretch. It was a good win.”

Fuxa led UCO (9-16, 2-15) with 14 points. Britney Morgan had 12 and Jill Bryan added 11.

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