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November 2, 2013

NSU women win exhibition in new arena

NSU briefs

The Northeastern State women’s basketball team played the first game inside the newly-built event center Friday night against John Brown University. The RiverHawks defeated the Golden Eagles by a 54-45 margin on the strength of a double-double from senior forward Carrington Fox.

Northeastern State held a slight 21-18 lead at the end of the first half, and the squad pulled away in the second half. The RiverHawks shot 35 percent (18-for-52) from the field and just 59 percent at the line. JBU shot 32 percent (17-for-53) from the field and 80 percent (4-for-5) at the charity stripe.

Fox registered 10 points and 12 rebounds, while newcomer Che’Ron Lewis added a game-high 14 points and pulled down nine boards. Junior transfer Sarah Sagely scored 10 points, and redshirt freshman guard Courtney Cowan contributed seven points and seven rebounds.

Sierra Shipley led the visitors with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Brooke Barker added 10 points.

NSU will next be in action at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the team’s final exhibition, when the squad travels to Gallagher-Iba Arena to face Oklahoma State University.

RiverHawks top Bisons on Senior Day

The No. 23-ranked Northeastern State men’s soccer team defeated Harding University by a 6-2 margin Friday night at DeLoache Field.

The RiverHawks (10-2-4, 6-1-2 MIAA) have now hit double-digit wins for the second-straight year, and they finished the regular season tied with Fort Hays State for second in the MIAA. The Bisons (6-7-3, 3-6-0 MIAA) fell to 0-13-0 all-time against NSU and saw their season come to a close one game shy of .500.

The match started off on the highest of notes for the road side, as a shot by Cole Walker from distance just 49 seconds into play bounced off NSU sophomore goalkeeper Eric Shephard and into the back of the net.

The visitors stayed ahead for the first 24 minutes of play, but a three-goal barrage in just 56 seconds put Northeastern State on top for good.

NSU junior forward Juan Peralta scored at 24:01, and sophomore forward Joel Mendoza added a strike just 11 seconds later. In an attempt to outdue his running mate, Peralta put away his second of the match 45 seconds after Mendoza’s marker.

The RiverHawks took the 3-1 edge into the locker room, and Peralta completed his first-career hat trick in the 55th minute. This is the second-straight year Northeastern State had a player record a hat trick against Harding in the regular-season finale (Mendoza last year).

NSU's Crosby Lee added a fifth goal in the 75th minute, and Walker answered for Harding in the 86th minute. Junior defender Terence Smith put a cap on proceedings with a strong finish in the 87th minute to push the result to the final 6-2 margin.

Northeastern State outshot Harding 25-9, and the home side led in corner kicks 7-4.

Shephard (5-1-3) posted four saves in the winning effort, while HU goalkeeper Seth Peterson (1-4-2) made nine saves for the visitors.

NSU celebrated its Senior Day following the completion of the match, and the team honored defender Bobby Behrens and midfielders Edgar Gonzaga, Juan Gonzalez and Jacob Lovelee.

Northeastern State will enter the 2013 MIAA Championship as the No. 3 seed, and the team will face off with No. 18-ranked and second-seeded Fort Hays State in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Thursday in Olathe, Kan.

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