After graduating five seniors last season, the young NSU Lady RiverHawks fell behind by 10 at the half, then charged back to tie the Southwest Baptist Lady Bearcats, early in the 2nd half.
But the hometown lady’s offense went ice cold midway through the latter part of the final frame and dug themselves a hole from which they would never recover, in a 77-64 loss Saturday afternoon, at Jack Dobbins Field House.
Jenks sophomore, Jessica White got the NSU ladies on the board with a 2-pointer in the paint in the first minute of play.
But on the ensuing trip to the other end of the court, the visitor’s senior guard, Cortney Shewmaker, buried a trey giving the Lady ‘Cats the early 3-2 lead. Shewmaker’s 3-point shot would be the first of SBU’s 8 of 22 long distance tries in the opening 20 minutes.
Despite turning the ball over 8 times during the next 10 minutes, NSU stayed close, actually taking a one point lead, 24-23, on White’s successful 3-point shot.
But that would be the last time that Northeastern would ever lead as Shewmaker would add another trey to her first half total of 11, to go with 3-point plays by freshman Darla Gatschenberger and game high scorer senior Courtney Creed.
Thanks to 13 of Owasso’s Jasmine Webb’s team high 17 points, NSU kept the contest within reason. But, by virtue of 5 more first half turnovers, the Lady RiverHawks trailed 40-30 at the break.
Northeastern came out of the dressing room with a bit of offensive fire. Led by 4 more from Webb and Vinita sophomore Erin Jent, the RiverHawks pulled to within 3 of the visitors. And at the 16:26 mark of the second half lone senior Lindsay Sams buried a 3-pointer, completing NSU’s 13-3 run and tying up the score at 43 all.
But over the next eight minutes of play, the Lady RiverHawks went 2 of 12 from the floor, while SBU came back with a dozen unanswered points of their own. Down the stretch, Creed scored 10 more of her 19 total on the night. Over the same period of time the Lady Bearcat defense never allowed NSU to get closer than six points, to close out the 77-64 final.
Jack Dobbins Field House will host a doubleheader Thursday night as the NSU ladies tangle with St. Mary’s at 6:00 PM and the men take on the Rogers State Hillcats at 8:00 PM.