MIAMI, Okla.—Connors State battled back from a 14-pint deficit midway the third quarter to tie the 17th-ranked Northeastern A&M Lady Norse at 60-all with 1:50 remaining, but fell short in their upset bid.
NEO outscored the Cowgirls 6-0 the final 1:50 to take a 66-60 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference Athletic opener for both clubs. Connors is now 5-5 on the year, while NEO is now 6-3. Connors will return home Thursday night to play Seminole State at Melvin Self Field House. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m.
Mikiah McDonald led the Cowgirls come back with 19 points while Marcia Reed added 14 and DeAuja Thompson added 10. NEO shot just 33 percent from the floor (21-of-62) and was out rebounded 39-28.
Thompson drained a pair of free throws to tie the contest at 60-60 but the Cowgirls did not hit another shot the rest of the way.
NEOâ€™s scoring was led by Bethy Munungaâ€™s 17 points with Megan Jackson adding 15, Mariam Gnanou 13 and Emeritz Larranaga added 10 more.
Cowgirls jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the opening quarter outscoring the Lady Norse 10-0 after trailing 4-3 in the period.
NEO scored a bucket, to make it 13-6 but the Cowgirls scored 6 unanswered points for a 13 point bulge and a 19-6 lead.
The Norse came right back scoring 6 unanswered points to make it 19-12. Cowgirls’ Marcia Reed scored for a 22-12 lead and the first quarter ended 22-16.
NEO exploded in the second quarter, opening the period by scoring 10 unanswered points for a 25-22 lead.
Connors went cold from the field and did not score its first field goal of the quarter until the 2:20 mark of the period. NEO managed just two free throws and held a one point advantage 27-26.
The Lady Norse outscored Connors 6-4 the remainder of the quarter for a 33-30 advantage at the half.
Connors shot only 36 percent the first half 11-of-30 with Marcia Reed leading the scoring with 10 points.
NEO was 13-of-23 from the field with Bethy Munuga leading the scoring with 9 points.
NORTHEASTERN A&M 66, CONNORS STATE 60
Connors State 22 8 14 16–60
Northeastern A&MÂ 16 17 17 16–66
Connors State (5-5, 0-1)—McDonald 19, Reed 14, Thompson 10, Thomas 6, Jones 6, Carter 4.
Northeastern A&M (6-3,1-0)–Mununga 17, Jackson 15,Gnanou 13, Larramaga 10, Hulanverger 8, Weary 3.