Lady Bulldogs surge past Ouachita for 12th straight


SWOSU Athletics

Bethany Franks, shown in a file photo, led the Lady Bulldogs with 20 points against Ouachita Jan. 6.

The No. 17/22-ranked SWOSU women’s basketball team put on a show in the second half of Thursday’s contest, as they defeated Ouachita Baptist 89-72 for their 12th consecutive victory.

After shooting 30% in the first half, the Lady Dawgs got hot in the second half and finished the final 20 minutes shooting nearly 54% as a team.

This was the first home game for SWOSU in 2022 in a game that featured five players scoring more than 10 points. Makarya Tramble had a double-double – her second in three games – which featured 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The first quarter was a tight one, and SWOSU trailed 9-8 with 3:49 left to play. Bethany Franks scored six of those eight points put up by SWOSU. The rest of the quarter, each team went stride for stride and Ouachita was ahead 18-17 at the end of 10 minutes after beating the buzzer.

The second quarter was much of the same, but SWOSU closed the half on a 9-0 run. Layni Zinn scored the last four points for SWOSU. Thanks to the run, they were ahead 36-32 at halftime.

SWOSU came out in the third quarter and was firing on all cylinders. SWOSU built a double-digit lead and maintained it. They shot 60 percent from beyond the arc and SWOSU was ahead 62-48 going into the fourth quarter.

SWOSU scored 27 points in the fourth quarter and went on to win the game 89-72.

Franks (20), Lauren Ramey (19), Zinn (12) and Morgan Smith (10) all posted double digit scoring.

SWOSU improves to 13-2 on the year and a perfect 7-0 in conference play. It looks to keep its win streak alive Jan. 8 against Henderson State at 1 p.m.