Rangers Down Blossoms, 63-46

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv Sports reflection 10dbALVA, Okla. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team suffered a 63-46 loss to Northwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday inside Purcell Fieldhouse in the first-ever meeting between the two squads as members of the Great American Conference.

   After holding the Rangers (3-4, 2-0 GAC) to only three field goals in the first 14 minutes, the Cotton Blossoms (2-4, 0-2 GAC) were outscored 18-3 in the final six minutes of the first half to relinquish what was at one point a nine-point advantage. NWOSU held that lead for the remainder of the contest after holding a six-point lead of 29-23 at halftime.

   UAM cut the deficit to three points on two different occasions during the final 20 minutes after posting a 7-0 scoring run at the 13:55 mark and a 4-0 run at the 11:38 mark.

   The Rangers, with the help of 46 percent second-half shooting, grew their lead back to double-digits with seven minutes remaining, and maintained that double-digit lead for all but one possession.

   As a team, UAM finished the contest shooting 35 percent from the field (16-of-46), 17 percent on three-pointers (3-of-18) and 61 percent on foul shots (11-of-18). NWOSU finished shooting 40 percent overall (23-of-57), 21 percent on three-pointers (3-of-14) and 54 percent on foul shots (14-of-26).

   UAM was led in scoring by Raija McWright and Jordan Goforth with 11 points each. Demetra Howlingwolf also reached double-digits with 10 points. NWOSU held UAM’s leading scorer entering the game, Donlicia James, to no points and no shot attempts during her 18 minutes of action.

   Renee Golliday led NWOSU, a first-year provisional member of the GAC), with 11 points.

   The Cotton Blossoms are back in action on Thurdsay, Dec. 6 at home against Henderson State. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. inside Steelman Fieldhouse.

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