Hot-shooting Lady Rangers snap win streak

SWOSU Athletics

ALVA, Okla. – SWOSU Women’s Basketball had not lost a game since the month of October, but finally felt the pains of a loss again following their 79-68 defeat on the road against Northwestern on Thursday night.

The loss snaps a 13-game winning streak and a perfect Great American Conference record, moving SWOSU to 8-1 in league play.

The No. 14/17-ranked Lady Bulldogs fell victim to a hot-shooting Lady Ranger squad. Northwestern finished the night 55% as a team, compared to 41% from SWOSU.

SWOSU finished just 27% from deep including 3-of-19 (16%) in the second half.

The visiting Lady Dawgs trailed just 21-17 after the first quarter, but after the Lady Rangers shot 64% in the opening 10 minutes – it foreshadowed continual challenges the host team would pose.

The deficit grew further in the second quarter after Northwestern rattled off a 12-2 run that spanned the first five minutes. At halftime, SWOSU trailed 46-31. Northwestern shot 64% as a team in each of the first two quarters.

Midway through the third quarter, SWOSU faced its largest deficit of the game – trailing 57-37. From that point, the Lady Bulldogs dug in and made their run.

Following a 30-16 run that spanned from the 5:00 mark of the third quarter to the 1:09 mark of the fourth quarter, SWOSU had the game within six points. But with time running out and limited possessions remaining, they could not get themselves fully out of the hole dug earlier in the game and the buzzer sounded one final time.

Macy Gore and Makyra Tramble finished with 17 points apiece in the game. Karly Gore added 13 points. Lauren Ramey grabbed a team best nine rebounds.

Up next for the Lady Bulldogs will be Arkansas Tech on the road next Thursday, Jan. 20 after the Jan. 15 contest against Southeastern was rescheduled due to COVID-19 protocols.