Tahlequah Daily Press

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.

NSU women blank Emporia State in soccer action

The Northeastern State women’s soccer team clinched one of the top three spots in the upcoming MIAA Championship with a 2-0 victory over Emporia State Friday night at DeLoache Field.

The RiverHawks (14-3-0, 7-3-0 MIAA) broke the school record for wins in a single season, and the team also extended the record for most shutouts in a single campaign that now stands at 10.

NSU moved into a tie for second place in the league table with one match to go in the regular season. The squad has guaranteed itself a top-3 finish in the final standings and will host an MIAA Championship quarterfinal match at 7 p.m. Nov. 5.

The Hornets (8-7-2, 4-4-2 MIAA) slipped to eighth in the conference standings and is now in danger of missing the eight-team conference tournament.

The two teams played to a scoreless draw in the first half, but sophomore forward Lindsey Latta put the home side on top for good just 16 seconds into the second half. Her third goal of the year was assisted by senior forward Emily Voges and freshman forward Anastasia Robinson.

Senior midfielder Elizabeth Cudjoe added an unassisted insurance marker just three minutes later and the backline held strong in the shutout win.

NSU freshman goalkeeper Jordan Woodruff (14-3-0) extended her school record to nine shutouts this season, as she stopped all six shots on goal. Yadira Rivera (7-6-2) also saved six shots but let in two goals to take the loss.

Northeastern State celebrated its Senior Day at a halftime presentation. The eight seniors honored were Cudjoe, Voges, forward Jennifer Clark, midfielders Stephanie Doherty, Kelsey Sheldon and Renee’ Valcarcel, defender Jessy Phillips, and goalkeeper Maggie Kloza.

NSU will close out the regular season with a home match at 1 p.m. Sunday against Washburn.

NSU men debut at No. 17 in hoops poll

The Northeastern State men's basketball team was ranked No. 17 in the 2013-14 NABC/Division II Preseason Poll, the organization announced Friday. This is the highest NSU has been ranked since winning the national championship in 2003.

The RiverHawks are coming off a 2012-13 campaign where they finished 19-9 overall and competed in the NCAA Championship tournament for the first time in 10 years. The team also participated in its first season as members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and finished third in the regular season with a 12-6 league mark.

Northeastern State was the only member of the MIAA to receive a top-25 national ranking. The only other league squad to receive consideration was Fort Hays State, who garnered 12 votes.

NSU returns three starters from last year, including All-American guard Bryton Hobbs. The senior from St. Louis led Northeastern State in both points scored (18.3 points per game) and assists (4.9 per game) last year, while also finishing second in rebounding (four per contest). He was an All-MIAA First Team selection and an NABC All-Central Region First Team honoree.

Other starters returning for NSU are senior forward Marcus Sheppard (5.8 points, 3.3 rebounds per game) and junior forward Landon DeMasters (7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds per contest).

NSU was also selected by Division II Bulletin as the No. 10-ranked team in the nation heading into the new campaign.

The RiverHawks will open the regular season Nov. 9, and they will participate in the grand opening of the NSU Event Center with a game against Harding University at 8 p.m. Nov. 16.

2013-2014 NABC/Division II preseason top 25 poll

                        Record     Points     Previous

1.     Metropolitan State, Colo. (10 first place votes)     32-3     393     3

2.     Seattle Pacific, Wash. (2 first place votes)     27-4     379     2

3.     West Liberty, W.Va. (2 first place votes)     34-2     355     1

4.     Bellarmine, Ky. (1 first place vote)     24-8     335     14

5.     Minnesota State     28-5     318     6

6.     South Carolina Aiken (1 first place vote)     25-8     288     20

7.     Cal Poly Pomona     28-3     282     5

8.     Drury     31-4     262     7

9.     Florida Southern     27-6     227     8

10.     Western Washington     31-3     216     4

11.     Findlay     22-8                  211     22

12.     Kentucky Wesleyan     20-8     202     NR

13.     Midwestern State     22-9     197     NR

14.     Indiana, Pa.     26-6     185     10

15.     Lincoln Memorial     25-6     172     13

16.     Saint Anselm, N.H.     23-6     169     11

17.     Northeastern State     19-9     166     NR

18.     Southern Indiana     23-8     112     15

19.     Alabama-Huntsville     25-6     85     9

20.     Winona State     27-8     80     NR

21.     Winston-Salem State     21-7     69     16

22.     Carson-Newman     20-8     61     NR

23.     North Alabama     19-9     57     NR

24.     Livingstone     22-7     41     NR

25.     Harding     22-10     38     NR


Others receiving votes: Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 30, Philadelphia (Pa.) 30, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 27, Augustana (S.D.) 25, Cal State-San Bernardino 20, Montevallo (Ala.) 20, Tarleton State (Texas) 20, Bowie State (Md.) 18, Alaska-Anchorage 16, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 16, Benedict (S.C.) 15, Dixie State (Utah) 13, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 12, Arkansas Tech 8, Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) 7, Anderson (S.C.) 5, New Haven (Conn.) 5, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 4, Florida Tech 4, Stillman (Ala.) 3, Bridgeport (Conn.) 1. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 1.