Cowgirls Upset Bid Falls Short at NEO


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.

NEO’s scoring was led by Bethy Mununga’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&M  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.