Lady Dawgs get back on track, beat rival NWOSU 87-77
Picture Creds: SWOSU Athletics
By Greydon Buhlig
The Southwestern Lady Dawgs saw their undefeated season slip away after a loss to East Central on Saturday. They headed north to face rival Northwestern Oklahoma State for their 2nd matchup of the season.
The Lady Dawgs jumped out to an early 8-5 lead with the patented Kelsi Musick “Chaos” defense which led to quick steals and even faster buckets. NWOSU wouldn’t go away, as their offense caught fire from beyond the arc and took a 19-18 lead with 1:58 remaining in the quarter.
The game would go back and forth as both teams offenses’ scored consistently and the Lady Rangers would hold a 1-point lead at 23-22 to end the frame.
Throughout the 2nd quarter, Lauren Ramey played physically on both offense and defense as she grabbed several rebounds on both ends of the floor. The Lady Dawgs, however, couldn’t find the range from 3 and struggled to find consistent offense early. SWOSU did find a 2-point lead with 4:22 to go. They would hold on and take a 4-point lead at the half, 38-34.
The physicality from both sides really showed early in the 3rd quarter, but Karly Gore was able to break the cold streak from beyond the arc. The Lady Rangers offense continued to be hot as they took a 52-45 lead at the 4:29 mark of the 3rd quarter. The deep ball struggles would continue for the Dawgs, but the Rangers were on fire from everywhere as they took a 9-point lead with 2:38 remaining in the quarter. The Lady Dawgs were able to cut back into the lead and take one of their own with 30 seconds left at 62-60 and hold it till the end of the quarter.
SWOSU would stray away from 3-point land and push the ball inside and find some consistency to take an 8-point lead with 4:49 to go in the game. The “Chaos” defense was the real story, as SWOSU forced the Lady Rangers to commit 30+ turnovers in the game. That would be enough for the Lady Dawgs to bounce back and add another win to the season, beating the Lady Rangers 87-77.
Karly Gore led the way scoring for the Dawgs with 19-points while also grabbing 6-rebounds. Reagan Crawford had a huge game off the bench with 15-points. Makyra Tramble added 14-points and Maddie Sperle added 12-points in the game.
Their next game is scheduled for Thursday as they take on Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee, Okla. at 5:30 p.m.