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2007-08 Lady Ranger Basketball News

ASHLEY JOHNSON TO PLAY FOR LADY RANGERS

Northwestern Oklahoma State University head women’s basketball coach Milburn Barton recently signed junior college transfer Ashley Johnson of Lancaster, Tex. to play basketball during the 2008-09 season.

Johnson, a transfer from Paris (Tex.) Junior College, averaged 7.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. While as a guard, she also averaged a steal and nearly a block per contest.

While prepping at Lancaster High School, Johnson was an all-state honorable mention performer, first-team all-district performer and selected as the defensive most valuable player.  


LADY RANGER BASKETBALL ADDS KEINDRA SCOTT

Northwestern Oklahoma State University head women’s basketball coach Milburn Barton announced the signing of Keindra Scott to a basketball letter of intent. Scott, a transfer from Cameron University, will play her final year of collegiate eligibility at Northwestern for the 2008-09 season.

During her junior season at Cameron, the 6-2 post was third on the team in scoring 12 points per game. Originally from Houston, Smith shot 38.7 percent from the field while playing in 14 games. Scott also averaged 4.9 rebounds and was second on the team in blocked shots with 18.

“Keindra’s size and experience will be an asset on the inside, both on the offensive and defensive end”, remarked Barton. “Her shot-blocking and rebounding ability is outstanding.”


BARTON SIGNS GARDEN CITY SENIOR

Milburn Barton, the Northwestern Oklahoma State University head women’s basketball coach, signed Caitlin Smith of Garden City to a letter of intent to play for the Lady Rangers in the upcoming 2008-09 season.

Smith, a 5-7 guard, played four seasons at Garden City High School and will graduate this May. She was a three-year starter and letterman and placed herself among the best in school history with her playing ability.

Caitlin averaged 9.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.8 steals per game during her senior season. She ranks highly in several career statistical categories including: first in assists (193), second in rebounds (387), third in games played (65), fourth in steals (149) and seventh in points (539).

Smith was a three-time all-conference performer and two-time all-area selection. She was a member of the Academic All-State Team and was the team’s Most Valuable Player during her junior and senior years.


KLUGH INKS WITH WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Autumn Klugh (middle) signs a Letter of Intent to play women's basketball at Northwestern . She is seated with her parents, Dennis and Debbie, along with Fort Cobb head coach James Don Biddy (left), sister Adalynn and head coach Milburn Barton (right).

Milburn Barton, Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s basketball head coach, announced the recent signing of Autumn Klugh of Fort Cobb. Cobb will join the Lady Ranger basketball team for the upcoming 2008-09 season.

A 5-7 guard, Klugh helped Fort Cobb High School to a state-runner up finish this past season. A member of the Daily Oklahoman Super Five team and named the Daily Oklahoman’s Class A State Tournament MVP, Klugh shot 49 percent (215/440) from the floor and was 40 percent (92/230) from three-point range, as she scored 679 points last season. She averaged 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 4.1 assists per game. In her four-year career, Klugh amassed 2,318 points, averaging 19.3 points per game.

Klugh earned numerous awards in her four seasons at Fort Cobb. She was named to the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association and Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State teams. Klugh was chosen for a variety of all-tournament teams throughout her four years.

Autumn was also recognized on the academic side, being named to the Oklahoma and National Honor Societies, the Superintendent’s Honor Roll, while being the class Valedictorian.


WILCZEK SIGNS WITH LADY RANGER BASKETBALL

Rachel Wilczek (middle) signs a Letter of Intent to play basketball at Northwestern . She is seated with her parents, Stanley and Cindy, along with head coach Milburn Barton (left) and Lomega High School coach Kevin Lewellan.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s basketball head coach Milburn Barton announced the addition of Rachel Wilczek of Loyal who signed a Sooner Athletic Conference Letter of Intent, to join the Lady Ranger basketball team for the upcoming 2008-09 season.

Wilczek, a 5-8 guard, helped Lomega High School to back-to-back Class B state titles and aided the Raiders to a 29-3 overall record this past season. Wilczek averaged 17.2 points per game as she scored 532 points on the season. She shot 50 percent (98/196) from the floor and an even better 51 percent (79/156) from three point range. Wilczek led the team in several other categories including a 77.2 free throw percentage and averaged 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.2 steals per game.

Throughout her high school career, Wilczek was very decorated, earning countless awards and accolades. Wilczek, the class Valedictorian and voted a Daily Oklahoman top 5 Class B player, was named to several all-state teams. She was named Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches’ Association All-State, Oklahoma Coaches’ Association Basketball All-State, and Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches’ Association Academic All-State.

“Rachel has a strong history of winning as does Lomega High School,” remarked Barton. “She is an excellent outside shooter and will be an asset to our team.”

Wilczek was also the Enid News and Eagle Player of the Year, a K101 All-Star Player and was a member of the Oklahoma Girls Basketball All-Region Team. She was listed on numerous all-tournament teams including: the Daily Oklahoman Basketball State Tournament First-Team, Coaches Aid Basketball State Tournament First-Team, Cherokee Strip, and Canton all-tournament teams, as well as being the Cherokee Strip Conference Most Valuable Player and the Tulsa World’s Basketball State Tournament MVP.


LADY RANGERS BOW OUT IN FIRST ROUND OF SAC TOURNEY
AFTER TOUGH FIGHT WITH WAYLAND BAPTIST

D'Shanna Butler led NWOSU with 27 points over WBU in the SAC Tournament.

Edmond, Okla. – Despite outshooting their opposition and holding a 35-27 halftime lead, the Lady Ranger basketball team suffered a 67-63 to Wayland Baptist University, but not without a hard fought battle, in the first round of the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament played at Oklahoma Christian. Northwestern entered the game as the 10 seed, while Wayland Baptist came into the came as the seventh seed.

D’Shanna Butler’s 26 points wasn’t enough to get the Lady Rangers by the Flying Queens as WBU hit 24-of-31 free throws stemming from 21 Northwestern fouls. Butler finished hitting 9-of-20 from the floor, 7-of-8 from the charity stripe and added a three, while also leading the Lady Rangers in rebounds with six.

Six Lady Rangers scored on the night, as Emily Gilbert hit eight field goals for 16 points to follow Butler. McKenzie Malloy posted nine points on three three-pointers and Tara Baker hit a pair of threes to finish with six points. Claudia Vazquez had four points and Evelyn Oliveira rounded out the scoring with two points.

Northwestern started off in a 4-0 hole, but climbed out to lead 24-18 with ten minutes left. WBU used a 9-3 run to knot the game up at 27-27, before the Lady Rangers scored the last eight points going into halftime.

Butler was responsible for 17 of Northwestern’s 35 first half points.

In the second half, Wayland Baptist came back from a 49-39 deficit to tie the game at 51 all with a 12-2 surge.

After the game went through two more ties, WBU pulled away 65-60, but not before Tara Baker hit her third trey of the game to pull NWOSU within a bucket. The Flying Queens hit their free throws to put the game out of reach in the closing seconds.

The Lady Rangers hit 25-of-60 shots from the floor and 6-of-13 from three. WBU had 17 more points from the free throw line than NWOSU did, hitting 7-of-10 attempts.

Wayland Baptist had a trio combining for 54 points, including Vanita Wright’s 23 points, 21 points from Megan Coats and 10 from Anastasia Okolo.

Northwestern finished the season at 7-22 overall and at 5-17 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. The Lady Rangers will have to replace three seniors: Tara Baker, McKenzie Malloy and Evelyn Oliveira.


FIVE LADY RANGERS GRACE ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

D'Shanna Butler was named to the SAC's second-team all-conference.

Five Lady Ranger basketball players graced the list of 2007-08 Sooner Athletic Conference teams announced from the conference office on Monday, March 3.

D’Shanna Butler, a 5-7 junior guard from Broken Bow, was one of seven players to be chosen for the all-conference second-team. Butler leads Northwestern in scoring with 304 points and averages 13.2 per game. She currently is shooting 39 percent from the field and leads NWOSU in assists (50) and steals (53). Butler has scored 767 career points in three seasons.

Northwestern also placed four student athletes on the Academic All-Conference team. Seniors Tara Baker, Emily Gilbert, and McKenzie Malloy joined junior Kacee McCulley on the list.

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RANGERS AND LADY RANGERS
ENTER SAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Ranger and Lady Ranger basketball teams will enter the first round of the 2008 Sooner Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, March 5 at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond.

The Rangers (17-10, 13-9), the fifth seed, play the opening game of the tournament at 9:30 a.m. against 12th-seeded John Brown (Ark.) University (10-20, 3-19). Northwestern swept the Golden Eagles in the two-game series this season, downing them 74-46 in Alva on January 17 and 72-49 in Siloam Springs, Ark.

The Northwestern women (7-21, 5-17) are the tenth seed and will meet seventh-seeded Wayland Baptist (Tex.) University (14-16, 9-13) in the 8 p.m. game on Wednesday. Wayland Baptist defeated the Lady Rangers in both meetings this season. The Flying Queens won 79-42 in Plainview, Texas and 71-61 at Alva.

 

SAC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Wednesday, March 5

4:30 p.m. – (5) Oklahoma Christian vs. (12) St. Gregory’s

6:15 p.m. – (8) Rogers State vs. (9) John Brown

8 p.m. – (7) Wayland Baptist vs. (10) Northwestern

9:45 p.m. – (6) Science & Arts Oklahoma vs. (11) Mid-America Christian

 

Friday, March 7

2 p.m. – (2) Oklahoma Baptist vs. WBU/NWOSU Winner

4 p.m. – (1) Oklahoma City vs. RSU/JBU winner

6 p.m. – (4) Lubbock Christian vs. OC/SGU winner

8 p.m. – (3) Southern Nazarene vs. USAO/MACU winner

 

Saturday, March 8

6 p.m. – LCU/OC/SGU winner vs. OCU/RSU/JBU winner

8 p.m. – OBU/WBU/NWOSU winner vs. SNU/USAO/MACU winner

 

Tuesday, March 11

7:30 p.m. - Championship

 

Complete SAC Tournament Men's and Women's Bracket


NO. 5 STARS SHOOT DOWN LADY RANGERS

Tara Baker cans one of two three-pointers while scoring eight points against Oklahoma City.

ALVA, Okla. – No. 5 Oklahoma City University shot down Northwestern’s Lady Rangers in the final home game of the season, defeating NWOSU 73-42 at Percefull Fieldhouse. The loss dropped Northwestern to 6-21 overall and put them in a tie for 11th in the Sooner Athletic Conference with Mid-America Christian at 4-17.

Oklahoma City held the lead all but during one tie, as the Stars held as much as a 24 point lead in the first half.

Northwestern went on a 5-2 run to start the second half and trimmed the lead down to 13, but OCU quickly extended their lead to 20 or more points over the final 11 and a half minutes.

The Lady Rangers were without a double figure scorer, as Emily Gilbert had a high of nine points. Tara Baker followed with eight points,

Emily Gilbert had nine points over OCU.

 while Claudia Vazquez scored seven. Baker and McKenzie Malloy, who finished with six points, both hit two three-point buckets.

Turnovers proved to be costly for Northwestern, as the Lady Rangers coughed the ball up 26 times, resulting in 24 points for the opposition.

NWOSU shot 25 percent and hit 4-of-20 from beyond the arch, as the Stars shot 44 percent from the field
Oklahoma City’s Laura Duncan scored 15 to pace the Stars, while Zanita Johnson added 14.

Northwestern (6-21, 4-17) plays its final regular season game at Mid-American Christian (8-23, 4-17) on Saturday, March 1. The Lady Rangers will enter the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday, March 5. Brackets will be released on Sunday, March, 2.


NORTHWESTERN WHITE OUT 2008 SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 28

Students, alumni and other fans will have the opportunity to give their Northwestern Oklahoma State University basketball teams a little extra home-court advantage during games Feb. 28 at Percefull Fieldhouse.

Northwestern plans White Out 2008 that night as the Rangers renew their rivalry with Oklahoma City University. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m., with the men’s game to follow.

“We hope to have a very large crowd that night,” said Bob Battisti, athletic director. “Our fan support means a great deal to our players and coaches. Percefull Fieldhouse has earned the reputation as one of toughest places to play in the Sooner Athletic Conference. We need to reinforce that reputation against OCU.”

Several promotions are planned for that night, including a give away of specially-designed white t-shirts to the first 500 fans through the door. Fans will be asked to wear the t-shirts during the games.

Campus clubs and organizations, along with individual students, will be eligible to win cash and prizes, but there is a catch. To be eligible to win, students must pick up a special white out ticket upon entering the gym, be seated by 6:30 p.m., and be wearing either the special white out t-shirt or other white shirt. Ticket distribution will end at 6:30 and the t-shirts will be given away until they are gone.

Clubs and organizations will be challenged to organize their groups in a spirit competition with the winner receiving $250. Participants will be judged on their team spirit, including signs, cheers, costumes and originality. A contest for the most spirited student also will be held with the winner receiving $100.

All individual students attending the game will be eligible to compete in drawings for prizes, but only with their special white out ticket.


NORTHWESTERN DROPS GAME IN ARKANSAS

Kacee McCulley scored a persona best 16 points against John Brown. She was one of three Lady Rangers to hit four three-pointers in the game.

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State Lady Ranger basketball team came away empty handed in Siloam Springs, Ark., as Northwestern lost 78-63 to John Brown. The Lady Rangers dropped to 6-20 overall and to 4-16 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Northwestern shot 46 percent from the floor, just a percent less than JBU. Turnovers were costly, as NWOSU suffered 21.

The Lady Rangers received a balanced scoring attack as four of the five starters scored double figures. Kacee McCulley, McKenzie Malloy and Tara Baker all hit four three-pointers in the game. McCulley scored a personal best of to 16 points while McKenzie Malloy and Tara Baker each had 14 points. Claudia Vazquez finished with 10 points.

Northwestern was 12-of-25 from beyond the arch and outrebounded JBU 27-23.

John Brown was 13-of-28 from three-point range and sunk 15-of-24 free throws. The Lady Golden Eagles were led by Micaela Cully’s 19 points.

The Ranger women (6-20, 4-16) will play their final home game against No. 5 Oklahoma City University (23-4, 19-1) on Thursday, Feb. 28.


LADY RANGERS ROLL PAST ROGERS STATE;
MALLOY NAILS SEVEN THREES

McKenzie Malloy was a three-pointer shy of the school record against Rogers St. as she hit seven treys and turned in a career best 26 points.

ALVA, Okla. – McKenzie Malloy scored a career best 26 points and was a three-pointer away from tying the school record in a game (8) as the Northwestern women rolled past Rogers State 75-64 on Thursday, 75-64. Malloy finished with seven three’s as Northwestern improved to 6-19 overall and to 4-15 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

The game started out as a back and forth battle with six lead changes in the first seven minutes. Northwestern bounced back in dramatic fashion and outscored the Lady Hillcats 16-3 over the final six and a half minutes to take a 40-27 lead at the half.

Northwestern put away Rogers St. early in the second half, extending their lead to as much as 21 points.

The Lady Rangers couldn’t miss, making 48 percent and were 11-of-25 from three, including eight first half treys, four from Malloy.

Malloy was followed by double digit figures from Kacee McCulley and D’Shanna Butler. McCulley hit a pair of three’s on her way to scoring 13 points and Butler added 11. Tara Baker was the other Lady Ranger with a pair of three’s as she finished with seven points.

Rogers State shot 33 percent and was led by Breck Muller’s output of 16 points and Katie Rice’s 10 points.

Northwestern (6-19, 4-15) travels to Siloam Springs, Ark. on Saturday, Feb. 23 to return a trip to John Brown. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.


LADY RANGERS FALL TO FLYING QUEENS

D'Shanna Butler had a 27 points against Wayland Baptist.

ALVA, Okla. – In their third and final game of the week, the Northwestern’s women’s basketball team fell on Saturday, Feb. 16 to Wayland Baptist, 71-61, at Percefull Fieldhouse.

The Lady Rangers tied the game once and were behind for the first 13 minutes of the game. Northwestern held its first lead at the 7:44 mark, ahead 24-23. NWOSU closed out the half scoring six consecutive points. D’Shana Butler scored 15 points from in the half as the Lady Ranges held a 32-31 lead at the break.

The game hit three lead changes in the second half and a couple of ties before Wayland Baptist held the lead for the final 11 minutes. The Lady Rangers were able to pull within three points with 1:16 left, but a 10-4 run put the game away for WBU.

Northwestern shot 25 percent, while Butler speared the charge with 27 points, including a three and 14 free throws. Emily Gilbert and McKenzie Malloy added eight points each, while Danielle Stebens hit two three-point buckets on her way to seven points. Gilbert led the Lady Rangers with eight boards.

The Flying Queens received 20 points from Anastasia Okolo and 18 from Megan Coats, while shooting 43 percent.

Northwestern (5-19, 3-15) will host its fourth straight home game on Thursday, Feb. 21 against Wayland Baptist at 6 p.m.


NORTHWESTERN WOMEN LOSE TO NO. 17 LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN

Leandra Johnson hit a personal best 14 points vs. Lubbock Christian

ALVA, Okla. – The Lady Ranger basketball team dropped its sixth straight Sooner Athletic Conference game on Thursday, Feb. 14, as Northwestern was defeated by No. 17 Lubbock Christian, 67-49.

In a low scoring first half, LCU’s Severyn Smith and Carolyn Manning combined for 23 of the Lady Chaps 29 points. Northwestern was held to 19 points, while only shooting 27 percent.

Northwestern was able to cut the lead to eight right after the break, but LCU held a double figure lead for the rest of the game and led by as much as 20 points on three different occasions.

Only five Lady Rangers scored in the game, including D’Shanna Butler and Leandra Johnson both scoring 14 points to pace Northwestern. Emily Gilbert had 12 points, McKenzie Malloy had six points on two three’s and Claudia Vazquez scored three.

LCU had four players in double figures and shot 50 percent from the field and from beyond the arch. Carolyn Manning led the Lady Chaps with 19 points.

The Northwestern women (5-18, 3-14) will play their third and final game of the week on Saturday, Feb. 16 against Wayland Baptist (12-13, 7-10) at 4 p.m.


MID-AMERICA CHRISTIAN NIPS RANGER WOMEN

Emily Gilbert recorded her second double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 boards.

ALVA, Okla. – In a first of a three-game home week, Northwestern’s women’s basketball team was defeated 71-67 by Mid-America Christian on Monday, Feb. 11. The loss drops the Rangers to 5-17 overall and to 3-13 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Northwestern trailed the entire game, getting behind by as much as 15 points in the first half. Mid-America used an 11-0 run to take a 19-4 advantage at the 11:02 mark. Northwestern was able to trim the lead down to six points at half, trailing 34-28.

The Lady Rangers fought back in the second half, eventually tying the game at 43-43. The lead exchanged hands eight times until the contest was in its final tie, 58-58, with 3:10 left. 

Mid-America scored the next five points to move ahead 63-58, but Northwestern answered with four consecutive points from Emily Gilbert to knock the lead down to 63-62. The Lady Evangels Shawna Patton closed the game out scoring the final eight points for MACU.

Claudia Vazquez led Northwestern with 21 points. Emily Gilbert posted her second double-double of the season and had 18 points and 12 boards. McKenzie Malloy sunk four three-pointers on her way to score 16 points, including eight rebounds. D’Shanna Butler finished with 10.

Patton headed up the scoring barrage for MACU with 27 points. She knocked down six three-pointers and had seven rebounds.

Northwestern (5-17, 3-13) will host Lubbock Christian (Tex.) on Thursday, Feb. 14 for a 6 p.m. contest.


LADY BISON DOUBLE NORTHWESTERN

Emily Gilbert scored nine points against OBU.

SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Northwestern Lady Rangers output was doubled by Oklahoma Baptist on Saturday night, as the Lady Bison downed Northwestern 90-45 at the Noble Complex in Shawnee.

Northwestern was held to 16 first half points as Oklahoma Baptist scored 45 points in each half.

Emily Gilbert had nine points to lead Northwestern. McKenzie Malloy finished with eight points and D’Shanna Butler and Tara Baker both had seven points, with Baker hitting two three’s.

Northwestern shot 27 percent from the field and hit 6-of-21 from three-point range.

Oklahoma Baptist hit 48 percent and nailed 12 three’s. All 13 Lady Bison scored, with Heather Graham being one of four players to score double figures and led OBU with 15 points.

Northwestern (5-16, 3-12) will play a make-up game with Mid-America Christian University on Monday, Feb. 11 at Percefull Fieldhouse. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.


ST. GREGORY’S SLIPS BY LADY RANGERS

Tara Baker had three treys on her way to 11 points against St. Gregory's.

SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Northwestern Lady Rangers couldn’t hold on to a one-point halftime lead against St. Gregory’s and fell 56-52 to the Lady Cavaliers in Shawnee.

Leading 22-21 at intermission, Northwestern was outscored 35-30 in the second half to fall to 5-15 on the season and 3-11 in the SAC.

The Lady Rangers shot 28 percent on the night and were led by D’Shanna Butler’s 16 points and nine rebounds. Tara Baker followed with 11 points, including three treys, while Emily Gilbert finished with nine points.

St. Gregory’s shot 37 percent and were headed by 20 points from Melody Mattox and Natalie Melendez’ 17 points.

The women’s team (5-15, 3-11) will return to Shawnee on Saturday for a 6 p.m. game with No. 9 Oklahoma Baptist (20-2, 12-2).


LADY RANGERS DOWNED BY STARS

Danielle Stebens had five points against Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Northwestern Lady Rangers had there hands full against No. 7 Oklahoma City University, as the Stars downed the Lady Rangers 81-40 on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Abe Lemmons Arena.

The Lady Rangers hung around the Stars over the opening seven minutes, trailing only by one, 10-9, before Oklahoma City went on a 30-12 run to close the first half.

After leading 40-21 at the break, OCU continued its dominance in a similar half, out scoring Northwestern 40-19.

Northwestern shot 25 percent on the night, while turning over the ball 17 times resulting in 25 points for the Stars.

The Ranger starters were the only players to score. Emily Gilbert and D’Shanna Butler had a game high of 12 points. McKenzie Malloy hit two three-pointers on her way to eight points, while Danielle Stebens scored five and Kacee McCulley added three points.

Oklahoma City had four players in double figures. Breezy Martin paced the Stars with 18 points.

The Ranger women (5-14, 3-10) will be in Shawnee on Thursday and Saturday of this week for games with St. Gregory’s (4-16, 2-11) and Oklahoma Baptist, respectively.


THIRD ANNUAL ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAMES SLATED FOR FEBRUARY 15

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Alumni Association will be holding the Annual Alumni Basketball game on Friday, Feb. 15, in Percefull Fieldhouse.

The event will start happening at 5 p.m. at the fieldhouse. Registration for participants will open, and the Rowdy Rangers support group will begin serving free hotdogs to the first 300 spectators. Admission to the games is free.

The women’s game will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7:30. Former and current Ranger cheerleaders and band members are invited to join in the fun. Each participant will receive a free 2008 alumni basketball T-shirt and a goody bag 

The teams will have time to practice before the games and each game will have two 20-minute running halves and a halftime. This year will have a new twist between the games, with a free throw contest for players age 55 and older or alumni not participating in the games. “Future Rangers” will be brought onto the court and be recognized during halftime of the men’s game.

The alumni basketball event has been planned by a committee consisting of Lizabeth Richey, Bob Battisti, Ryan Hintergardt, Milburn Barton, Andrew Brown, Becky McCray, Jennifer Tyree, Bill Bixler, Johnny Jones and Courtney Harzman.

Former basketball players, musicians and cheerleaders may pre-register with Richey by calling (580) 327-8594 or by e-mailing her at lrrichey@nwosu.edu or register Friday prior to the games. The brochure can also be viewed online under news and events at Northwestern’s athletic web site at www.nwosu.edu/athletic.

The four Sports Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, and at halftime of the men’s basketball game that afternoon. Tipoff for the game with Wayland Baptist University is at 4 p.m. The women’s team will play WBU at 2 p.m.


NORTHWESTERN / MID-AMERICA CHRISTIAN GAMES RESCHEDULED; ALUMNI ASSOCIATION’S MEMBERSHIP NIGHT CANCELLED

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s home basketball doubleheader with Mid-America Christian University, originally scheduled for 6 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The games will be made up on Monday, Feb. 11. The women’s game will start at 6 p.m. with the men’s game following at 8 p.m.

The Northwestern Alumni Association’s Membership Night involving members of the Alumni Association and President’s Association has been canceled.


NORTHWESTERN WOMEN DEFEATED AT SOUTHERN NAZARENE

McKenzie Malloy knocked down a team and individual best six three-pointers at Southern Nazarene

BETHANY, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State women’s basketball team dropped to 5-13 on the season after a 64-54 defeat at Southern Nazarene in Bethany on Saturday.

Northwestern found themselves down by five points early and battled back through three ties to knot the game at 10-10. Southern Nazarene quickly extended its lead to 27-13 on a 17-3 run and closed out the half leading 31-23.

After the Crimson Storm pulled away by as much as 12 points in the second half, the Lady Rangers fought back and pulled within five points, trailing 56-51 with 4:48 left.

McKenzie Malloy headed up the scoring for Northwestern nailing a season-high six three-pointers for 18 points. D’Shanna Butler added 15 points along with two treys. Emily Gilbert finished with eight points, while Claudia Vazquez recorded six points and seven boards.

Northwestern shot 32 percent on the night and was 9-of-34 from three. The Lady Rangers struggled from the charity stripe, hitting 5 in 16 attempts.

The Crimson Storm shot 42 percent for the evening and were led by Tejana Elmore’s double-double of 16 points and ten rebounds. Rachel Balzer added 14 points.

SNU held a four rebound advantage, 46-42, while both teams turned the ball over 15 times.

The Lady Rangers (5-13, 3-9) host Mid-America Christian (4-15, 1-10) in their first meeting since joining the Sooner Athletic Conference at 8 p.m. on Thursday night.


LADY RANGERS DRIVE DROVERS FOR THIRD SAC WIN

Emily Gilbert had 16 points in the Lady Rangers 76-67 win over USAO.

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Lady Rangers hit their highest output of the year, defeating the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 76-67, for Northwestern’s third Sooner Athletic Conference victory. The win advanced the Lady Rangers to 5-12 overall and to 3-8 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

After five lead changes over the opening ten minutes, Northwestern pulled away from USAO with a 7-0 run to lead 20-14 with 7:30 left in the first half. Northwestern extended that advantage to nine points with over four minutes to go, but the Lady Drovers scored the last eight points of the half to trail only by one, 25-24, at the midpoint.

The second half began similar to the first, incurring four lead changes before the Rangers ran away with the game. Ahead 41-39, Northwestern used a three-pointer from Malloy, three consecutive field goals from Emily Gilbert and a pair of free throws to pull the Rangers to a 52-42 lead and ward off USAO for the remainder of the game.

The Rangers shot 56 percent from the field in the second half and were 4-of-6 from three.

Four of the five Lady Rangers found double figures and scored 66 of the NWOSU’s 76 points. D’Shanna Butler hit four field goals and 10 free throws while leading the Rangers with 18 points. McKenzie Malloy nailed five three-pointers and scored 17 points, while Emily Gilbert and Claudia Vazquez scored 16 and 15, respectively. Danielle Stebens added four points, while Tara Baker and Kacee McCulley finished with three points each.

USAO also had four players in double figures and were led by Kartesha Rambo’s 20 points. Charite Lewis finished with a double-double of 16 points and 13 boards.

Northwestern (5-12, 3-18) will meet Southern Nazarene (14-3, 8-2) in Bethany for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday, January 26.


OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN DOWNS LADY RANGERS
IN FIRST GAME OF WEEK

Claudia Vazquez led NWOSU with 13 points against Oklahoma Christian.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – In an irregular week of three Sooner Athletic Conference games, the Northwestern Lady Rangers fell 61-50 to Oklahoma Christian on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Christian opened the game up with a 7-0 run and two field goals from Emily Gilbert and McKenzie Malloy, pulled Northwestern to 11-6.

The Lady Rangers succumbed to a 15-8 Lady Eagle run over last 10 minutes of the first half.

After a 31-16 halftime score, Northwestern was able to come within eight points after beginning the second half out scoring OC 10-3. The Lady Rangers again pulled within eight points two separate times, but from the 8:41 mark on, Oklahoma Christian led by double figures.

Two Rangers hit double-double status with Claudia Vaszquez leading the way with 13 points and ten rebounds as she was 4-of-11 from the field and hit five free throws. Vazquez also recorded four blocked shots and a steal. D’Shanna Butler had a three-pointer on her way to her double-double of 12 points and 11 boards. Emily Gilbert finished with nine points, while Danielle Stebens had a pair of three’s for six points and Malloy had five.

Northwestern’s field goal and three-point percentage were an identical 28 percent, making 18-of-65 from the floor and 5-of-18 from beyond the arch.

Oklahoma Christian also hit 28 percent from the field, but hit seven treys and nine more free throws than did NWOSU. The Lady Eagles were led by Kailan DeCamp’s 18 points, followed by nine points from Lindsey Gipson.

Northwestern, now 4-12 overall and 2-8 in conference play, will host the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (10-6, 6-3) on Thursday.


NORTHWESTERN WOMEN LOSE AT ROGERS STATE

Brooke Butler scored nine points against Rogers State.

CLAREMORE, Okla. – The Northwestern women’s basketball team’s slow first half lead to an 83-63 loss against Rogers State University (9-8, 5-4) at the Claremore Expo Center on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Rogers State held a commanding 47-20 lead at the half, while Northwestern scored 12 of its 20 points from beyond the three-point arch. The Lady Rangers struggled from the field, shooting 28 percent.

Northwestern continued to shoot the three well, making 5-of-11 from beyond the arch in the second half. The Lady Rangers outscored the Lady Hillcats, 42-36 in the half.

For the game, NWOSU was 9-of-20 from three, including three treys from McKenzie Malloy and a pair each from Kacee McCulley and Danielle Stebens. The Lady Rangers improved over the second half, shooting 46 percent to bump their overall percentage to 38.

D’Shanna Butler was 9-of-15 from the field along with two free throws to finish as the only Ranger in double figures with 20 points. Brooke Butler and Malloy had nine points each and McCulley finished with seven.

Rogers State hit 43 percent of their field goals and were a productive 21-of-30 from the foul line. The Lady Hillcats were led by 14 points from both Azzie Knox and Katie Rice.

The Lady Rangers (4-11, 2-7) play three games next week. They will travel to Edmond to play Oklahoma Christian (8-8, 4-5) on Thursday, return home on Thursday to host USAO and play at Southern Nazarene on Saturday.


LADY RANGERS GRAB SECOND SAC WIN
WITH VICTORY OVER JOHN BROWN

D’Shanna Butler led the Rangers for the third consecutive game, as she scored 22 points.

ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger women grabbed their second Sooner Athletic Conference victory after a 67-58 home win over John Brown (Ark.) on Thursday night. The win upped Northwestern’s record to 4-10 overall and to 2-6 in the conference.

After D’Shanna Butler, McKenzie Malloy and Tara Baker each hit a three-pointer, Northwestern held a 9-3 lead to open the contest.

John Brown scored the next nine points to pull ahead by three points. After two ties, and the score at a 15-15 stalemate, the Lady Rangers used a 7-0 run to jump to a 22-15 lead.

The Lady Golden Eagles switched the role as they held Northwestern scoreless for the next two minutes and came within a point. Malloy hit another three to take a four point lead, but JBU struck back and snuck ahead by a point, before Danielle Stebens hit a field goal with time expiring to take a 27-26 halftime lead.

The teams battled it out at the beginning of the second half, with the game going through four lead changes over the first five minutes.

Northwestern stretched the lead to 40-33 after scoring eight consecutive points. The Golden Eagles wouldn’t go away easy, tying the game for the sixth time at 44-44 with 8:50 left.

The Lady Rangers held onto their lead over the final 8:20 and led by as much as 15 points with two and a half minutes to go.

D’Shanna Butler led the Rangers for the third consecutive game, as she scored 22 points. Bulter was 9-of-14 from the free throw line and hit a three in addition to leading the Rangers with seven boards and four assists. Malloy’s four three pointers earned her 12 points in the game along with 12 points also from Brooke Butler. The Northwestern bench provided 21 points, compared to just two from John Brown to spur the Lady Rangers to the win.

Both teams hit eight three-point buckets. Northwestern shot 35 percent (21-of-60) and were 17-of-32 from the charity stripe.

John Brown was productive from the free throw line, hitting 14-of-16. The Golden Eagles had three less field goals than NWOSU and were led by Ashley Taylor’s 20 points and 19 points, including 12 points from three’s, from Micaela Cully.

Northwestern (4-10, 2-6) will take on Rogers State University (8-8, 4-4) at 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 19 in Claremore.


LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN DEFEATS NORTHWESTERN WOMEN

Eden Edwards had eight points against Lubbock Christian.

LUBBOCK, Tex. – The Northwestern Lady Rangers finished their Texas road swing with a 71-52 loss at Lubbock Christian on Saturday afternoon. The win gave Lubbock Christian its eighth consecutive win.

The Lady Chaps jumped out to a 10-point lead and held Northwestern scoreless over the first four minutes of the game. Lubbock Christian held a commanding 30-19 halftime lead.

Northwestern shot 41 percent on the afternoon and even better from three-point range, hitting 4-of-9. D’Shanna Butler was the only double digit scorer for Northwestern with 18 points. Emily Gilbert and Eden Edwards tallied eight points each while Tara Baker and Cladia Vazquez both scored five. The Lady Rangers hit 8-of-10 free throw attempts. Butler knocked 7-of-8 down from the charity stripe and Vazquez was 1-of-2.

Lubbock shot 49 percent for the game and hit eight three-pointers. The Lady Chaps were led by Kim Lloyd’s 18 points and 14 points from Sierra Wilcox-Lovern.

The Lady Rangers dropped to 3-10 overall and to 1-6 in Sooner Athletic Conference action. Northwestern returns home on Thursday, January 17 for a 6 p.m. game against John Brown (Ark.).


LADY RANGERS FALL IN FIRST GAME OF TEXAS ROAD TRIP

D'Shanna Butler led the Rangers with 17 points against Wayland Baptist.

PLAINVIEW, Tex. – The Lady Ranger basketball team was downed 79-42 by Wayland Baptist University in their first of two games in the Texas Panhandle.

Northwestern struggled from the start and trailed the entire game, while Wayland Baptist shot lights out.

The Flying Queens held a commanding 38-14 halftime lead. Northwestern was held to shooting 22 percent (6-of-27) in the first half.

The Lady Rangers shooting improved in the second half as they hit 37 percent to end the night at 30 percent.

Five players scored for Northwestern with D’Shanna Butler leading with 17 points. Butler was 6-of-12 from the floor with a three-pointer and four free throws. Emily Gilbert recorded 12 points on six field goals. Leandra Johnson had six points, while Claudia Vazquez scored four and McKenzie Malloy finished with three points being one of two players to hit a bucket behind the arch.

Wayland Baptist shot 49 percent from the field and set a school record for most three-pointers in a game with 12. The Flying Queens shot 52 percent (12-of-23) from three-point range. Four of the five starters had double figures topped by Shelby Conrad’s 17 points and 15 points from Anastasia Okolo.

Northwestern (3-9, 1-5) will play Lubbock Christian University (12-2, 5-1) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 12 in Lubbock.


LADY RANGERS ROLL OVER ST. GREGORY’S FOR FIRST SAC WIN

McKenzie Malloy had a personal best five three-pointers and 17 points in the Rangers 72-42 win over St. Gregory's.

ALVA, Okla. – The Lady Rangers rolled to an easy 72-42 victory over St. Gregory’s for their first Sooner Athletic Conference win of the season at Percefull Fieldhouse on Saturday night.

Northwestern opened the game on a 4-0 run and didn’t allow the Cavaliers to score until five and a half minutes into the half. St. Gregory’s came back within three, trailing 7-4, but NWOSU scored six unanswered points to lead 13-4. From the 6:52 mark in the first half on, Northwestern held a double figure lead and kept it the remainder of the contest.

Leading by 14 at half, Northwestern stretched its lead to 29 points as they outscored the Lady Cavaliers 19-6 to begin the second half. Northwestern led by as much as 35 points as all 15 Lady Rangers played three minutes or more.

Northwestern shot 43 percent and nailed 9-of-26 from three. The Lady Rangers pounded the boards, ripping down 53 rebounds compared to 37 from the opposition.

McKenzie Malloy hit a personal best five three-pointers and led NWOSU with 17 points. Emily Gilbert and Claudia Vazquez also had double figures, with 12 and 10 points respectively. D’Shanna Butler had six points and Kacee McCulley, Evelyn Oliveira, Katy Goodno and Tara Baker all had five. Vazquez neared a double-double with nine rebounds and had a team-high five assists.

St. Gregory’s shot 21 percent as a team and were a dismal 5-of-31 from three-point range. The Lady Cavaliers were led by Natalie Melendez’ 10 points.

The Lady Rangers (3-8, 1-4) head to Texas next week for games with Wayland Baptist and Lubbock Christian.


RANGER WOMEN DROP FIRST GAME OF SEMESTER
TO NO. 5
OKLAHOMA BAPTIST

Emily Gilbert led the Rangers with 14 points and nine boards.

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern’s women’s basketball team was downed 76-50 by No. 5 ranked Oklahoma Baptist at Percefull Fieldhouse on Thursday. The loss in the first game of the spring semester drops the Rangers to 2-8 overall.

Emily Gilbert had a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds for Northwestern. She was followed by Eden Edwards nine points, eight points from Kacee McCulley and Claudia Vasquez’ seven.  

Down 29-16, Northwestern’s McKenzie Malloy hit back-to-back three to pull the Lady Rangers within seven points at the 4:50 mark. OBU scored the next seven points over the next five minutes to establish a 36-22 halftime lead.

After being down by 16 at the break, Northwestern trimmed the lead to 11 points, using a 6-1 run to begin the half. OBU broke the game open and held a lead of over 20 points for the remaining ten minutes.

The Lady Rangers shot 32 percent and were out rebounded 46-39.

Oklahoma Baptist held a lead for 39 of 40 minutes and shot 39 percent in the win. The Bison hit 7-of-16 second half three-pointers, while shooting 45 percent from beyond the arch.

Both teams were sent to the free throw line 19 times, with OBU connecting on 13 attempts and the Lady Rangers hitting 11.

OBU improved on their perfect season to 12-0 and was led by Ashley Gamble’s 17 points.

Northwestern (2-8, 0-4) will entertain St. Gregory’s on Saturday, January 5 at 6 p.m.


OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN SLIPS BY NORTHWESTERN WOMEN

Kacee McCulley looks to pass against Oklahoma Christian.

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State Lady Ranger basketball team was handed a heartbreaking 61-60 loss over Oklahoma Christian at Percefull Fieldhouse in the Lady Rangers final game of the semester on Tuesday night.

Oklahoma Christian’s Charlotte Heron scored all three of her points in the last 1:20 in the game to slip by Northwestern.

Northwestern broke the 11th tie of the game to take a 60-58 lead with 1:32 left on the clock after Claudia Vazquez nailed a pair of free throws. After a Ranger foul, Heron hit a free throw to pull the Lady Eagles within a point. Oklahoma Christian received the ball after a jump ball situation and then Heron made her only field goal of the night with 1:04 left, helping OC to a 61-60 lead.

The Lady Rangers fired three shots in the remaining minute, but couldn’t get anything to fall, as Oklahoma Christian escaped defeat and came out with the victory

Northwestern jumped out to a 15-8 lead early in the first half, but OC clawed back with an 11-4 run to knot the game at 19-19 at 8:16. The Lady Rangers erupted on an 11-3 run, including five points from D’Shanna Butler and held a 30-22 advantage.

The Lady Rangers led 33-30 at the half and were hot from three-point range, hitting 5-of-8 and connecting on 43 percent from the floor.

The Lady Eagles and Lady Rangers went back and forth for the first five minutes of the second half. OC used a 7-0 run to hold a 45-40 lead, but McKenzie Malloy nailed a three followed by an Emily Gilbert bucket to tie the game 45-45. After a brief Oklahoma Christian lead, Malloy struck again with a trey, giving NWOSU a 50-49 lead.

With the Rangers holding a 54-51 lead, Cressi Bryant buried a three to bind the game at 54. The game went through two more ties before OC snuck out of Percefull Fieldhouse with the win.

Northwestern had three players in double figures with Claudia Vazquez spearing the way with 14 points. Malloy hit three treys en route to scoring 13 points and D’Shanna Butler added 11. Butler and Gilbert led NWOSU with seven boards each.

Both teams fared well from the three-point arch, while NWOSU hit 8-of-19 and OC stuck 50 percent (8-of-16). Northwestern finished shooting 39 percent and hit 8-of-12 from the free throw line.

Oklahoma Christian was led by Kailen DeCamp’s 19 points and 15 points from Haley Myers.

Northwestern’s women (2-7, 0-3) will resume action next semester as they host Oklahoma Baptist at 6 p.m. on Jan. 3.


WOMEN FALL TO USAO

Emily Gilbert drives to the bucket. Gilbert had 10 points against USAO.

CHICKASHA, Okla. – In its third game of the week and second Sooner Athletic Conference match-up, the Ranger women’s basketball team fell 80-63 on the road against the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Saturday.

Northwestern jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Tara Baker hit a three-pointer to start the game off, but USAO answered with seven consecutive points to lead 7-3.

The Lady Rangers regained the lead at 12-9 after treys from Kacee McCulley, Hailey Blagg and McKenzie Malloy. That lead diminished quickly, as Northwestern went on a dry spell and succumbed to an 11-0 Lady Drover run that put USAO up 20-12 with 8:08 remaining in the first half.

Northwestern was able to trim the lead to nine points twice before halftime, but USAO ran away with a 45-30 lead at the half.

Midway through the second half, Northwestern got as close as seven points, using a 6-0 run, but that faded fast as USAO responded with a 10-1 run of its own, to lead 71-55 at the 6:12 mark.

The Lady Rangers collectively shot 35 percent from the field and were 7-of-25 from three-point range, struggling to make 1-of-10 in the second half. D’Shanna Butler and Emily Gilbert scored 10 points each to lead NWOSU. Claudia Vazquez finished with nine points and nine rebounds, while Baker scored eight points and Malloy chipped in seven.

USAO outrebounded NWOSU 50-38 and was paced by Juliana Leite’s 22 points.

Northwestern’s women (2-6, 0-2) host Oklahoma Christian (3-3, 1-1) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4 in their final game of the semester.  


LADY RANGERS DEFEATED BY NO. 5 CRIMSON STORM IN SAC OPENER

D'Shanna Butler scored 17 points against Southern Nazarene.

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Lady Rangers fell to No. 5 Southern Nazarene 69-50 in the Sooner Athletic Conference season opener at Percefull Fieldhouse. Northwestern dropped to 2-5 on the season while the Crimson Storm improved to 6-1.

Southern Nazarene shot 52 percent in the first half and proved to be too much for Northwestern, jumping to a 19-8 lead after 12 minutes of play. SNU continued its double figure lead the rest of the game and led 42-25 at the half.

Both teams struggled to score in the second half, while Northwestern contained SNU and was outscored 27-25. The Crimson Storm cooled off, shooting 27 percent in the final half, while NWOSU hit 29 percent.

Shooting 39 percent on the night, Northwestern was headed by D’Shanna Butler’s 17 points and three steals off the bench. Emily Gilbert followed with 13 points, Katy Goodno added five and Tara Baker and Kacee McCulley both had four.

Southern Nazarene outrebounded Northwestern 49-36 and canned 10-of-22 from behind the arch. The Crimson Storm was led by Tejana Elmore, who scored 19 points. Kinzie Glover finished with 14 points and Lashelle Chandler had 11.

The Lady Rangers (2-5) will take on the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.


NO. 14 LANGSTON DEFEATS RANGER WOMEN

Claudia Vazquez recorded her second consecutive double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

ALVA, Okla. – In its final non-conference matchup before Sooner Athletic Conference play begins, the Northwestern Lady Rangers fell 76-58 to the 14th-ranked Langston Lady Lions at Percefull Fieldhouse on Monday. The loss dropped Northwestern to 2-4 on the season, while Langston improved to 7-1.

The first half was a see-saw battle for the first ten minutes, with neither team able to pull away by more than four points. After six lead changes and five ties, Langston used a four-point run to establish a 24-20 lead with 3:32 left before half.

Langston pulled away by as many as five points in the closing minutes, but the Rangers kept the Lady Lions in check with only a two-point, 29-27, halftime lead.

Claudia Vazquez led the Rangers with 12 of their 27 points, while Northwestern shot 42 percent. Northwestern held Langston to 38 percent from the field, including a 1-for-12 drought from three.

The Lady Lions came out from intermission with a 10-0 run and pulled away from the Lady Rangers 40-27 as three minutes expired in the second half. Northwestern trimmed the lead to as low as seven points, using a 6-0 run, before Langston led the remainder of the game by double figures.

Vazquez was the game’s high-scorer hitting 10-of-20 from the field and three free throws, while recording a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive boards. Hailey Blagg came off the bench to score nine points, while McKenzie Malloy added seven points. Kacee McCulley, Tara Baker and Emily Gilbert all finished with six.

The Lady Rangers shot 37 percent on the night, only to be out shot by Langston’s 46.2 percent. Blagg, McCulley and Malloy all made a three-pointer in the Rangers’ 13 attempts and as a team, made 15-of-24 from the free throw line.

Four of Langston’s eight players finished with double figures, with Jamie Skinner leading the way with 17 points. Jenissa Harris had 16, while Latesha Calton finished with 15 points.

The Lady Rangers (2-4) began Sooner Athletic Conference play on Thursday at 6 p.m. when they take on No. 5 Southern Nazarene University at Percefull Fieldhouse.


NORTHWESTERN WOMEN GET FIRST WIN AT FRIENDS CLASSIC

Freshman Claudia Vazquez led the Rangers with 26 points in the Friends Classic.

WICHITA, Kan. – The Northwestern women finished 1-1 at the Friends University Classic over the weekend, as the Lady Rangers were defeated 66-45 by Friends on Friday, then reversed the score to be on the winning side, in Northwestern’s 66-45 win over Ottawa (Kan.) on Saturday. The win over Ottawa improved the Rangers’ record to 1-3 on the season.

Northwestern slid to a 42-17 deficit in the first half as shooting woes plagued the Lady Rangers. The Lady Rangers shot just 24 percent in the first half, before improving to 31 percent on the night. The second half was much better, as the Rangers shot 36 percent, 12 percent better than Friends, and outscored their opponent 28-24.

Individually, NWOSU was led by freshman Claudia Vazquez’ 17 points and seven boards. McKenzie Malloy scored eight points, while Emily Gilbert added seven.

After shooting 67 percent in the first half, Friends cooled off during the second half to shoot just 25 percent in the last half. The Lady Falcons were speared by the tandem of Liz Barton and Kristina Jones, who combined for 36 points. Barton scored a game-high 21 points, while Jones contributed with 15.

During Saturday’s noon game against Ottawa, Northwestern cruised to a 31-22 halftime lead. The Lady Rangers went up 7-6 on the Lady Falcons at the 15:13 mark in the first half and never trailed again.

Kacee McCulley and Emily Gilbert finished in double figures, with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Both Hailey Blagg and Vazquez contributed with nine points. Vazquez was a point short of a double-double, finishing with 11 rebounds.

As a team, Northwestern shot 40 percent from the field. The Lady Rangers hit 7-of-23 three-pointers and were 11-of-17 from the free throw line.

Ottawa’s Stef Randa was the only Lady Brave to score in double digits, scoring 15 points. The Lady Braves shot 32 percent on the night and turned the ball over 24 times.

Northwestern (1-3) will return to Wichita, Kan. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 to play Newman University at 5:30 p.m.


LADY RANGERS FALL TO BETHANY

Eden Edwards led the Rangers with 10 points.

Lindsborg, Kan. – The Lady Ranger basketball team recorded their second loss of the season on Friday night in Lindsborg, Kan., as Northwestern lost 60-40 in its second game of the season.

Both teams struggled in the first half, with Northwestern shooting 23%, while Bethany hit 30% from the floor. The Lady Rangers were limited to eight points over the first 15 minutes of play, being down 28-18 at the half.

The Lady Rangers shooting improved in the second half, making 33%, but Bethany went on to shoot 50% in the final half to out score NWOSU 32-22.

Eden Edwards led NWOSU with 10 points. Claudia Vazquez added nine points and Tara Baker hit two threes to score six points. As a team, Northwestern shot 38 percent on the night, was 3-of-13 from three and hit 3-of-8 from the free throw line.

Bethany was didn’t have a player in double figures. Nine Swedes contributed, with Nancy Castro scoring seven points.

The Lady Rangers out rebounded the Swedes, 43-33.

Northwestern (0-2) heads to the Friends (Kan.) Invitational in Wichita, Kan. on Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17. The Lady Rangers will play Friends for the second time of the season on Friday at 6 p.m. and then meet Ottawa (Kan.) on Saturday at noon.


FRIENDS DEFEATS LADY RANGERS IN SEASON OPENER

Emily Gilbert led the Rangers with 15 points and five boards in the season opener.

ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Lady Rangers shooting struggled while falling four points shy, 51-47, to Friends University in their season opener at Percefull Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Northwestern trailed by as much eight points, down 16-8, during the first ten minutes, but the Rangers battled back to come within two points, trailing 20-18 with 4:51 before half.

The Rangers found themselves behind 24-20 at the half and fell back as far as 34-24 with 14:39 left.

Northwestern used a 13-2 run that spanned over seven minutes to take a 37-36 lead after Emily Gilbert hit her free throw, after scoring from the field and while being fouled.

The Falcons took the lead back quickly and extended it to as much as seven points, before the Rangers would close the game, trailing 51-47.

Offensively for the Rangers, Gilbert led the way with 15 points and five boards. Northwestern had one other double-digit scorer, as freshman Claudia Vazquez posted 10 points and seven rebounds. D’Shanna Butler had nine points and Kelli Krows scored five.

As a team, the Rangers shot 30.2 percent on the night, while McKenzie Malloy hit the only Northwestern three-pointer in 18 attempts. NWOSU’s defense held Friends to shooting 34.7 percent. The Falcons converted 6-of-17 from three-point land and hit 11-of-14 from the charity stripe.

The Ranger women (0-1) will travel to Lindsborg, Kan. on Friday, November 9 to play Bethany College. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


LADY RANGERS RANKED NINTH IN SAC PRESEASON POLL

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Lady Ranger basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the Sooner Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll released Monday by the conference office.

In the closest of ballots, Lubbock Christian gets the nod from the Sooner Athletic Conference coaches as the No. 1 team in the conference.

Lubbock Christian and Southern Nazarene, who finished the season deadlocked atop the standings last season, received five first place votes each out of 12 available. The Lady Chaps finished with 113 points in the poll, while SNU had 112. Each coach ranked the teams from 1 to 11, exclluding his or her own team. Eleven points were awarded for first place, 10 for second, etc.

Oklahoma City had the remaining two first-place votes and finished third at 107. Oklahoma Baptist was fourth, followed by Oklahoma Christian, USAO, John Brown, Wayland Baptist, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Rogers State, St. Gregory’s and Mid-America Christian.

Northwestern finished the 2006-07 season with a 7-21 overall record. The Rangers return two starters; D’Shanna Butler, who averaged 10 points and was an honorable mention All-SAC performer last season and Tara Baker, a three-year starter who averaged 4.5 points per game and was a SAC Academic All-Conference team member. Junior college transfers Kelli Krows (Southwestern OSU), Leandra Johnson (Redlands) and Chelszi Coggins (Cowley County) and join four freshman on the roster.

Complete Sooner Athletic Conference Release

2007-08 Sooner Athletic Conference
Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Place School (1st Place Votes) Points
1 Lubbock Christian (5)  113
2 Southern Nazarene (5) 112
3 Oklahoma City (2) 107
4 Oklahoma Baptist  88
5 Oklahoma Christian 81
6 Univ. of Science and Arts 70
7 John Brown  59
8 Wayland Baptist  46
9 Northwestern Okla. St. 39
10 Rogers State 36
11 St. Gregory’s  27
12 Mid-America Christian  14