Tahlequah Daily Press


February 15, 2014

RiverHawks beat Washburn to snap 6-game losing skid

Men hold off Washburn late; NSU women lose again in overtime


Women: Washburn 56, NSU 52 (OT)

Northeastern State threw up a school record 42 3-point attempts against Washburn. The problem was only 10 went in.

The RiverHawks couldn't get anything to go through the basket throughout most of the game and lost their third straight contest — and fourth straight overtime game this season.

"That was a tough one," NSU coach Randy Gipson said. "Those kind hurt."

Owning a 45-43 lead with 13 seconds left, NSU (10-12, 7-8 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) turned the ball over after failing to inbound the ball with 13 seconds left on its own end. Washburn got the ball back and capitalized.

Brittney Lynch got the ball and backed into the paint and pulled Washburn even with three seconds left. An errant attempt to beat the buzzer by NSU's Chelsey Beathard was off the mark, and the RiverHawks were heading to overtime.

"The turnover hurt us — the five-second call — we weren't as organized as good as we should have been," Gipson said of the turnover late in regulation. "It was just a bad play for us."

For Washburn coach Ron McHenry, forcing the turnover and scoring to the tie was something that hasn't happened with regularity for some of his previous teams.

"I've had a few games over 20-something years where everything you tell them on the bench, they did," McHenry said. "Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but they executed and it worked for them."

Washburn (15-8, 10-6) controlled much of the overtime period and put NSU away late. After Beathard drained a trey to pull NSU even at 52, Washburn tallied the final four points in extra time.

Honor Duvall grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a stickback to give Washburn a 54-52 lead. Then, after Duvall missed the subsequent free-throw attempt, Casyn Buchman grabbed the offensive rebound with 19 seconds left, forcing NSU to foul Janelle Travis six seconds later.

Travis made both free throws, and NSU never threatened again.

"We didn't get the rebound on the (missed free throw)," Gipson said. "That's the ball game."

Leading the way with a career-high 15 points for NSU was Kate Bellamy, who was the only NSU player to shoot above 50 percent from the field in the game. Bellamy — the only NSU player to score in double figures — was six-of-11 from the field while the Riverhawks finished 17-of-64 (26.6 percent).

"It was a struggle all day because we didn't make shots very good," said Gipson, whose club was 10-of-42 (23.8 percent) from beyond the arc. "But we felt like we should have been ahead by a lot more than what we were, but we were still in control of the game. We just didn't finish."

Lynch led Washburn with 16 points on an eight-of-14 effort from the floor. Taylor Ignoto came off the bench to toss in 14 points for Washburn, which shot 33.3 percent (21-of-63) from the field.

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