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February 27, 2013

Field House finale

Northeastern State to close out an era at Jack Dobbins Field House on Wednesday night.


5. Titletown. March 8, 2003. Joanna Golunska, a Polish native, scored 19 points and the Lady Reds won their first LSC championship, 82-58 over West Texas A&M. The Riverhawks would be runner up in 2004, 2005, 2010. They lost to Drury in a neutral site, 73-70 in the SC Regional.

6. Double-buzzer beaters.  On Feb. 7, 1964, Ted King, the fourth option on the play, hit a shot at the top of the circle to beat Southeastern. On Feb. 8, in an overtime win over Oklahoma Baptist, Kenny Willis, Tahlequah resident, hit a 92-foot shot for the win. The play, said Dobbins, was to be a pass from Ron Cox to Joe Smith on the opposite — kind of like Laettner with Duke against Kentucky. Instead the pass went to Kenny.

7. Lone Stars, March 2, 2002 — Playing for the Lone Star Conference title on its home court, Northeastern State’s men beat Tarleton 66-50, earning a host berth for its first NCAA regional.

8. On the map,  Nov. 25, 2003 – NSU 88, Drury 79 – Drury was a top-five team and it was their only loss until they got to the national tournament. Kelli Griffith and Leslie Warner each had 18 points. “I don’t think anyone would have seen us as a prominent program back then but that win, in my opinion, catapulted us into the higher level of national respect,” said RiverHawks’ coach Randy Gipson. It put them at 4-0 en route to a 12-1start and their second consecutive LSC title, this one won on a neutral floor.

9. Playing with the big girls. Feb. 25, 1978. NSU women hosted the AIAW state tournament and finished third beating Central State 51-48 to qualify for the AIAW Regional in Nacogdoches, Texas. NSU lost to Oral Roberts 67-53, missing a finals shot at Oklahoma, which wound up losing to ORU 57-53. All three teams moved on.

10.  Hurricane RiverHawk, Jan. 21, 1985. NSU women 77, Tulsa 43. Maybe the biggest name team Northeastern has beaten. The Lady Reds did twice in the 1984-85 season. Tulsa was 5-21 that year and two years later, discontinued its program until 1996.

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