Lady Bulldogs close out ’21 home schedule with physical win

SWOSU Athletics

The No. 21-ranked Lady Bulldogs won their ninth straight game with a 72-60 physical battle against Southern Nazarene on Tuesday night, wrapping up the 2021 home schedule.

The Lady Bulldogs set the tone on the defensive side of the court to build their lead in the first half. In the first quarter, both teams adjusted to the physicality and shot just 33% apiece, and in the second quarter the Lady Dawgs imposed their will.

After a close first 10 minutes, SWOSU outscored SNU 26-14 in the second quarter to steal all the game’s momentum. That second quarter ended up being the difference maker.  Both teams were deadlocked in overall tallied-up scoring in the other three periods.

As time ticked down to zero headed into the halftime locker room, Lauren Ramey knocked down a buzzer-beating three point shot that put SWOSU ahead 38-24.

In the second half, both teams had their moments – but the margin established proved to be enough to fend off any Crimson Storm comeback attempt.

SWOSU ended the night shooting 43% from the field, compared to SNU’s 39%. The Dawgs connected on 6-of-16 from deep, while the Crimson Storm finished just 1-of-10. The Lady Bulldogs lost the rebounding category 41-36 but won the turnover battle 18-13.

Makyra Tramble played all 40 minutes of the contest and finished with a game high 18 points, while also adding five rebounds and four steals. Macy Gore pitched in 15 points and a team best seven rebounds. Off the bench, Morgan Smith gave a boost with 13 points. Bethany Franks gave seven points and five steals.

SWOSU (10-2, 4-0 GAC) will take a holiday break before returning to action December 30th on the road against Arkansas Monticello.