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November 19, 2013

College basketball roundup


Phoenix Staff Reports

Women:

NSU 62, Tarleton 51




TAHLEQUAH —  The Northeastern State women’s basketball team earned its first victory of the season by defeating Tarleton State 62-51 Tuesday night inside the NSU Event Center.

The RiverHawks (1-4) led by as many as 21 points in the ballgame and were led by junior guard Fontana Tate’s 16 points. The TexAnns (3-1), who are currently receiving votes in the WBCA national polls, were done in by a 1-for-18 effort from behind the three-point line (5.6 percent).

Tarleton State held an 8-6 advantage with 16:10 to play in the first half following a layup by Shanae Lowrance, but a three-point basket from junior guard Sarah Sagely at 15:22 gave NSU a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the game.

Northeastern State used a 13-2 run to push ahead 24-13, and the home team would take a comfortable 31-22 lead into halftime.

TSU was able to get the score back within seven at 37-30, but a jumper from junior guard Chelsey Beathard at 16:38 sparked a 16-2 run that lasted all the way to the 7:53 mark.

The RiverHawks sat on their 21-point lead and, despite allowing Tarleton State to score a few buckets late, maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

Kiara Wright scored 17 points for the TexAnns, but nine of those points came at the free-throw line as she finished 4-for-12 from the field. She also pulled down eight rebounds.

TSU shot 32 percent (17-for-53) from the field and 89 percent (16-for-18) from the free-throw line. NSU shot 49 percent (23-for-47) from the field, 33 percent (5-for-15) from distance and 52 percent (11-for-21) at the charity stripe.

Tate was the only RiverHawk in double figures, but the other four starters had at least eight points. Freshman forward Che’Ron Lewis finished with nine points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Both teams turned the ball over 18 times, and Tarleton State held a 34-32 rebounding advantage.

Northeastern State will now take a week off before playing host to Arkansas-Fort Smith at 6 p.m. Nov. 26.



Science & Arts 67,

Bacone 65


The Lady Warriors missed opportunities in the final seconds spelled a season-opening loss at the Palmer Center.

Down three with 11 seconds left Bacone's Cheyla Vega missed a game-tying 3 but Myriah Hadnot managed to grab the rebound but was fouled with five seconds to go. Hadnot missed the front-end of a one-and-one, grabbed her own rebound but was still unable to get off a 3-point attempt. USAO’s Jordan Cooper fouled the senior forward with one second left giving the Warriors two free attempts, down by three with one second left.

Hadnot knocked in the first free throw and attempted to miss the second free throw but an offensive lane violation was called, negating the second free throw attempt and sealing the loss.

On the night the Lady Warriors hit 31 percent (28 of 90) from the floor but went just 4-for-19 from 3-point range and 5-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Kayla Denton and Tamiya Green led Bacone in scoring with 14 points apiece. Green also grabbed 15 rebounds. Hadnot finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds.

Bacone (0-1) travels to face Oklahoma Wesleyan on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.





Men:

Southwestern (Kan.) 72,

Bacone 68


WINFIELD, Kan. - The Bacone Warriors; two-game win streak was haltedon Tuesday night as they fell in overtime.

Trailing by three the Warriors' Derrick Thomas managed to get off a 3-point attempt with seven seconds that fell short. For the game Bacone hit 38 percent (24-of-63) and went nine-for-23 from three-point range.

Thomas finished with 23, Geo Brewer added 16 while Jeremy McClain and Christian Smith both racked up 12 points apiece.

Bacone (2-5) plays at Oklahoma Wesleyan on Friday at 8 p.m.