MIAMI, OKLA. ---Connors State turnover with three seconds remaining was fatal for the Cowgirls Monday at Northeastern A&M as the Lady Norse escaped with a 51-49 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory.
"That was a misfortunate turnover," said Cowgirls coach Jamie Fisher. "We have been having 20-24 a game and just 11 in this one. This is nothing really to hold our head down about this loss.
"We gave ourselves a shot to win the game at the end. And that's all we can ask for," said Fisher.
The loss dropped the Cowgirls to 5-8 in OCAC play and 18-9 on the year. NEO improves to 7-5 and 12-10.
Connors returns to league play Monday night against Northern Oklahoma-Enid at Melvin Self Field House.
Cowgirls trailed by nine points 34-25 at the 4:05 mark of the third quarter but battled back to within two points several times, before tying the game at 47- all on a bucket by Reid with 40 seconds remaining.
However, a pair of free throws by Ivana Murrillo put the Lady Norse back on top with 27 ticks remaining.
CSC elected to go for the last shot, but a turnover their 11th of the game proved costly.
Cowgirls trailed at the half 27-23 with the Lady Norse breaking a 19-all tie at the four-minute mark of the second quarter by outscoring Connors 6-2 for the halftime margin.
Connors largest lead of the half was five points 7-12 with 8:38 left in the second quarter.
NORTHEASTERN OKLA. A &M 51, CONNORS STATE 49
Connors State 15 8 11 15--49
Northeastern State 12 15 9 15--51
Connors State (5-8, 18-9)—Reid 14, Mayes 10, La. Wright 7, McCallister 6, T. Jones 5, J. Taylor 4, Crain 3.
NEO (7-5, 12-10)—Kirksey 11, Stebetakova 11, Diop 10, Murillo 8, Myles 5, Chivata 4, Brooks 2.