SWOSU WBB in NCAA Regional Semifinal
By Greydon Buhlig
The Southwestern Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball team is headed back to the NCAA Regional tournament for the third year in a row. Unlike a year ago, the Lady Dawgs will be able to compete in Saturday’s match-up against either Southern Nazarene or Texas A&M-Commerce.
Last year, exactly a year ago today, the NCAA called off all post-season tournaments due to the positive test for COVID-19 of Utah Jazz center, Rudy Gobert. The women’s team had just made the trip up to Missouri and were preparing for practice before the quarterfinal’s matchup against Central Missouri. Then, the call came to cancel the tournament, and they packed up and came back home. That was the final time the SWOSU Lady Dawgs saw the floor for the 2019-2020 season.
This season has been an interesting one. The team never traveled outside the state of Oklahoma. They were scheduled to play every in-state team four times and played SNU six times. They played zero non-conference games and only had cancelations due to COVID.
This team went 16-2 in the regular season and finished with a record of 17-3, losing in the semifinal game of the GAC tournament to SNU, who went on to win the GAC title. They were led by sophomore Makyra Tramble who averaged 19.1 points along with 9.9 rebounds, and also won the GAC Women’s Player of the Year.
Karly and Macy Gore combined for an average of 24.6 points on the year to give the Dawgs an even bigger scoring boost. Senior Taber Beer, who played on the team that went to the national championship game two years ago, did a lot on the floor that didn’t necessarily show up in the stat sheet. She is the type of player that will do whatever it takes to get the win, and head coach Kelsi Musick expects that from a four-year veteran.
With their first-round bye, the Lady Dawgs are slated for 7:45 p.m. tomorrow night in Canyon, Texas.